Nutrition Centre Articles
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In 2008, non-communicable diseases were responsible for an astounding 63 per cent of deaths world-wide – more than all other causes combined. Known as NCDs, they include diabetes, heart disease and cancers, and are a growing concern to people of South East Asian descent. However, these diseases are largely preventable and their impact can be significantly reduced.
Childhood obesity rates in the United States have more than tripled in the past thirty years, with many other western countries showing similar trends. What foods are children eating that may be contributing to this epidemic, and what can be done? Researchers at the US National Cancer Institute used the national nutrition survey database to find answers.
Eating too much sodium and not enough potassium has been shown to increase blood pressure, which can be dangerous because it makes the heart work harder than normal and can lead to heart disease or stroke. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new recommendations on how much sodium, salt and potassium people should eat for good health.
Small lifestyle changes are easier to sustain and are more likely to last. Making a drastic change is difficult and less likely to be successful. Rather than focusing on immediate results, it is better to take things one step at a time and not to become discouraged.
The start of a new year is a great time to make improvements to your lifestyle habits, whether by being more active or cooking more healthily. Setting SMART goals is an effective approach that can be used not only for health, but also in other aspects of life.
The feeling of fullness is very difficult to measure, or even to understand, as there are many factors involved. Although some people believe that all calories are equal, researchers are finding that solid foods have some advantages over fluids.
When talented, well-trained and enthusiastic athletes meet in competition, attention to detail can make all the difference between defeat and victory. What you eat and drink affects how well you train and whether you can compete at your best. Registered dietitian and sports nutritionist Linia Patel shares some tips.
Eating out at an Indian or Pakistani restaurant can be nutritious; however, it is less healthy when food items are deep-fried, cooked in excess oil, or prepared in ghee, coconut oil or coconut milk. Here are some tips for making healthier choices.
Few children are born with a liking for every vegetable, but researchers wondered if infants could learn to enjoy a specific vegetable, and how many tastes it would take. Their studies show that while it may take more than 10 attempts to get the child to try something new, with encouragement children can get used to flavours, textures and consistency of food.
How many times do we receive emails claiming that a specific combination of foods will cure cancer, or that eating large amounts of certain foods will eliminate our cholesterol? Nutrition advice is everywhere, but it is important to know how to separate credible, good nutrition information from the rest.
In the second part of her article on managing cholesterol, Baldeesh Rai, Dietetic Advisor to Heart UK adds to her recommendations on fats and sugar. She discusses the importance of eating more fibre and being active.
Shazia Govindji has been thinking about what to have in her kitchen and fridge as she starts her second year at university. She shares her tips on preparing quick, nutritious dishes, and on how to keep to a budget whether eating in or out.