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...

Feed me grapes

How do you get the benefits of exercise without exercising? Latest research says to take a bath and eat some grapes. A hot bath could burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk and lowers your blood sugar, while grapes contain two chemicals that activate the same pathways as exercise: resveratrol (for muscle growth) and cyanidin 3-glycoside (for fat...

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...

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,...

Tasty animals no more

Going vegan has become a serious trend when one of its most avowed haters, chef Gordon Ramsay, announces that he’s giving it a try. The man who once belonged to PETA (“People Eating Tasty Animals”, that is) tweeted that he was going to “give this #vegan thing a try”. Even among hardcore body builders, the trend towards plant-based proteins...

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.

Is sugar in fruit bad?

Fruit is one of the biggest sources of sugar in your diet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good for you! Dietitian Paula Norris dispels the myths about fruit sugar. We eat it for breakfast, we snack on it during the day and it’s our healthy dessert option. Fruit plays a vital role in most healthy diets, but it continues to get...

8 secret benefits of avocados

We all know avocados are rich in good fats, but here are eight more reasons to order the smashed avo at brunch, says dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon. 1. Satiety We’re constantly told that avocados are full of good monounsaturated fats. This means they slow down digestion and absorption, and leave you feeling fuller for longer. Simple as that. 2. Cookie jar deterrent Because of the...

Cold comfort: immune-boosting smoothie

Nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume creates a spicy, icy winter smoothie to keep your immune system fighting fit for flu season. As the weather cools, your chance of picking up pesky germs increases. While it’s impossible to escape all bugs, you can build a more robust immune system to lower your risk and decrease your recovery time ­— and what you eat...

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...

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The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines just released by the US government have watered down some key recommendations by the nutrition scientists on whose work the guidelines...

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