Bananas: the new sports drink?

Bananas may be better than a sports drink for endurance exercise, according to a new study – and dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon isn’t surprised. We know bananas are a traditional energy source and they’re great before a workout, but can they really replace sports drinks? Yes, to according to research, which says that in addition to fuelling athletes and helping them...

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...

The summer protective vitamin

As the hot weather approaches, up your intake of vitamin E to shield your skin and hair for a healthy summer glow, says Ashleigh Feltham. We all know sunshine is a great source of vitamin D, but there’s another vitamin that’s critical for summer. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin and hair from the...

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...

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...

Mushroom magic

Mushrooms could hold the secret to slowing down ageing and increasing your immune function. Ashleigh Feltham reports. Packed with fibre and B vitamins, we already know that mushrooms are nutritionally beneficial. Now, new research has revealed that mushrooms might be as super a food as broccoli and turmeric, with profound effects on health. Live longer Mushrooms could help you live longer and...

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 science of hangry

Do you feel the rage when you’re starving? Angela Tufvesson explains why you get hangry. Have you ever snapped at anyone when you’re hungry? If so, you were probably “hangry” – a fusion of “hungry” and “angry” that causes people to feel grumpy and irritated when they’re more than a little peckish. What causes hanger? The brain needs glucose, which is sourced...

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...

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