Nutrition Centre Articles

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Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are the leading cause of mortality around the world, but they can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes.
Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are the leading cause of mortality around the world, but they can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes.
Recognising and combatting the threat of NCDs
Recognising and combatting the threat of NCDs
5 July 2013

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.

Children at Bait-ul Ilm snack on a healthy plate of vegetables.
Children at Bait-ul Ilm snack on a healthy plate of vegetables.
Are you feeding your children empty calories?
Are you feeding your children empty calories?
9 April 2013

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.

Use less salt when cooking. Rather than pouring salt straight from the container, measure out the amount you would like to add using a teaspoon.
Use less salt when cooking. Rather than pouring salt straight from the container, measure out the amount you would like to add using a teaspoon.
Reduce risk of high blood pressure with less sodium and more potassium
Reduce risk of high blood pressure with less sodium and more potassium
12 March 2013

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.

Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.
Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.
How to make small changes that last
How to make small changes that last
12 February 2013

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.

Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.
Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.
Start the new year healthy with SMART goals
Start the new year healthy with SMART goals
17 January 2013

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.

Colourful, delicious, and nutritious: pea and bean salad is a great source of fiber and protein, and it makes for a great snack or meal.
Colourful, delicious, and nutritious: pea and bean salad is a great source of fiber and protein, and it makes for a great snack or meal.
Solid foods can be more satisfying
Solid foods can be more satisfying
15 November 2012

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.

Good food choices support intensive training while limiting risk of injury and illness.
Good food choices support intensive training while limiting risk of injury and illness.
Sport nutrition basics — how to win at any sport
Sport nutrition basics — how to win at any sport
14 March 2012

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.

Accompany your meal with plenty of salad.
Accompany your meal with plenty of salad.
Make healthy choices when eating out — South Asian style!
Make healthy choices when eating out — South Asian style!
8 March 2012

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.

Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.
Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.
Teach children to enjoy eating vegetables and fruit with positive persistence
Teach children to enjoy eating vegetables and fruit with positive persistence
17 December 2011

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.

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Dietitian Shirzad Chunara checks out the research.
Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Dietitian Shirzad Chunara checks out the research.
Nutrition info... Is it all credible?
Nutrition info... Is it all credible?
20 November 2011

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.

Cholesterol: Know it - Lower it!
Cholesterol: Know it - Lower it!
Manage your cholesterol (Part 2)
Manage your cholesterol (Part 2)
29 October 2011

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.

Pasta in tomato sauce is quick, cheap and healthy.
Pasta in tomato sauce is quick, cheap and healthy.
Skip the microwaved meal: Student tips for eating healthily on a budget
Skip the microwaved meal: Student tips for eating healthily on a budget
29 September 2011

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.