Eat together

Certain combinations of nutrients work better together. Dietitian Ashleigh Feltham outlines four key ones. 1 The key to unlocking iron There are two types of iron: haem iron from animal sources and non-animal sources called non-haem iron. The latter can be more difficult for your body to use, so this where vitamin C in various vegetables can help, as it helps...

Ready made vs home made

When does a ready-made meal service make sense? Tony Sarno finds out. The reason to try ready-made meals was a simple one: I’m both health conscious and really, really busy, and trying to eat well when I’m often working late, travelling or attending launches is one of my biggest challenges. So I gave ready-made meals a try. Although ready-made meals have been around...

When healthy turns harmful

If you believe everything social media tells you about food, you’re at risk of having a potentially serious eating disorder. Cat Woods explains. Paleo, clean eating, vegan, raw, keto, gluten-free... all these diets, labels and strict eating rules have become such a huge part of our food culture that it now seems completely normal to rule out major food groups,...

Your gut bacteria named

Which bacteria gives us a healthy digestive system and how do we get them? Dietitian Kathleen Alleaume explains. One of the most revolutionary topics in health right now is also one of the least sexy. We’re talking about the tiny critters that live in our gut and what scientists call the gut microbiome (or gut flora): an ecosystem made up...

Know your macros

There’s a different kind of eating plan that supports your training and allows you to eat any food you like. Sports dietitian Gabrielle Maston explains how the macros approach works and why it’s a favourite of fitness pros. An effective way to make sure your eating plan supports your training is to take the macros approach, also known as If...

The inconvenient truth

With low-carb diets a huge fad in health and fitness, some nutritionists are risking the ire of the keto crowd by pointing out an inconvenient fact: a lack of carbs potentially damages the gut microbiome, which needs carbs such as bananas for prebiotics — the stuff that feeds the gut bacteria. Noted nutritionist Joanna McMillan points out that a...

Dining alfresco

BBQ season is here so get fired up! Food editor Melanie Pike says don’t forget the sides. Cider can chicken Serves 4-6 1.5kg whole chicken 375ml can apple cider, at room temp 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 bay leaf ½ tsp salt Olive oil spray RUB 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp paprika 1 tbsp sumac 1½ tbsp chicken salt 2 tbsp dried...

Soulful soups

This selection of soups is perfect to ward off the winter chill without overloading on the calories. Easy peasy veggie laksa Serves 4 2 tbsp peanut oil, plus extra if needed 1 cup vegetable stock 600ml canned coconut milk 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 2 carrots, finely sliced 3 bok choy, cut into bite-sized pieces 6 button mushrooms, halved ...

Recover with a banana

Bananas may be better for recovery after exercise than a sports drink, according to a US study. The carbohydrates in bananas work as well as sports drinks to fuel athletes and help them recover after exertion. But the researchers found an additional benefit: bananas also provide greater anti-inflammatory benefits than sports drinks, helping to reduce pain and swelling.

The keto eating plan

Over the holidays might be the ideal time to try the keto diet, says dietitian Susie Burrell. You’ve no doubt heard about the keto diet – the low-carb approach to fat loss that has devotees shouting about its superior results from the rooftops. But to start the diet, there’s a potentially painful transition period in which you need to clear...

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Healthiest ice creams

In her favourite edition of Supermarket Sweep, dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon reviews icy treats that claim to be healthy. There’s a new breed of ice cream...
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