Nutrition Centre Articles

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Whole grain cereals can be a great source of magnesium. Look for those that are also low in salt and sugar.
Whole grain cereals can be a great source of magnesium. Look for those that are also low in salt and sugar.
Challenge yourself to go with the whole grain
Challenge yourself to go with the whole grain
13 September 2011

Whole grains are a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, and research shows that whole grain foods offer a variety of health benefits. September is designated as Whole Grains Month in the USA and dietitians at The Ismaili Nutrition Centre are challenging all our readers to increase their daily intake of whole grains.

Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast.
Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast.
Eating healthily during the month of Ramadan
Eating healthily during the month of Ramadan
31 July 2011

Fasting is among the special observances that Muslims undertake during the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting radically alters the diet, slowing the body’s metabolism and sometimes causing discomfort. However, good health can be maintained by consuming adequate nutrients during meals.

Whole grains are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and can help keep you feeling full.
Whole grains are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and can help keep you feeling full.
Choose whole grains for better health
Choose whole grains for better health
6 June 2011

Are whole grains better for us than those that have been refined? Researchers at Tufts and Harvard Universities think so. Learn about the health benefits of adding whole grains to your diet.

Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight.
Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight.
Breakfast everyday may keep childhood obesity away
Breakfast everyday may keep childhood obesity away
29 May 2011

Are children who eat breakfast regularly less likely to be overweight? Studies suggest that eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight whether you are young or old.

Salt Awareness Week in the UK is taking place between 21 – 27 March, 2011 with a focus on “Salt and Men’s Health”.
Salt Awareness Week in the UK is taking place between 21 – 27 March, 2011 with a focus on “Salt and Men’s Health”.
Salt Awareness Week in the UK focuses on men’s health
Salt Awareness Week in the UK focuses on men’s health
22 March 2011

According to the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 2010, men tend to eat more salt and less fruits and vegetables than women, placing them at greater risk of stroke and heart disease. Azmina Govindji shares important facts and practical tips on how to reduce salt in your diet just in time for Salt Awareness Week (21 – 27 March).

Choose food containing healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats over unhealthy saturated and trans fats.
Choose food containing healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats over unhealthy saturated and trans fats.
Fat facts — Some fats are healthier than others
Fat facts — Some fats are healthier than others
27 February 2011

There is no doubt that our bodies require fat, but did you know that some fats are healthier than others? All fats have different characteristics, so it is important to try to choose foods that contain the better variety, and cut down on those that could cause our bodies harm.

Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling or preparing food ingredients.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling or preparing food ingredients.
How safe is your kitchen?
How safe is your kitchen?
30 January 2011

You might think that you are sufficiently careful about food hygiene because you wash your hands regularly and store food in the fridge, but the dangerous germs and bacteria that lurk about your kitchen can cause food poisoning. These tips on preparing, cooking, storing and reheating your meals can help you to minimise the risks.

If you take in fewer calories each day than you use up, the result will be weight loss.
If you take in fewer calories each day than you use up, the result will be weight loss.
Lose weight while eating the foods that you enjoy
Lose weight while eating the foods that you enjoy
16 January 2011

It’s that time of year when we tend to feel the effects of over-indulgence from the holiday season, and promises of effortless weight loss lure us into trying the hottest new diet. This year, aim to adopt a balanced way of eating that will not leave you watching the clock for the next meal time.

Not all burgers are bad for you. Try this wholemeal roll with turkey (or chicken) slices.
Not all burgers are bad for you. Try this wholemeal roll with turkey (or chicken) slices.
Healthy, tasty student food doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming
Healthy, tasty student food doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming
25 September 2010

As a first year university student, Shazia Govindji can relate to the temptation of choosing fast food over fresh fruit, vegetables and a balanced plate. But she has some tips to share with fellow students in search of quick ways to eat healthier without blowing their budget.

Reduce your blood cholesterol during National Cholesterol Week
Reduce your blood cholesterol during National Cholesterol Week
13 September 2010

Cholesterol is the biggest single risk factor for heart disease, and cholesterol testing is a good way to highlight that risk. In the United Kingdom, this week has been designated National Cholesterol Week, and the Ismaili Nutrition Centre has some tips to help you keep your cholesterol level in check and your heart healthy.

Water and fruit juices are among the sources of fluid that can keep you hydrated, and count towards your 6–8 glasses per day.
Water and fruit juices are among the sources of fluid that can keep you hydrated, and count towards your 6–8 glasses per day.
Avoid dehydration by making 6–8 glasses of fluid a regular part of your day
Avoid dehydration by making 6–8 glasses of fluid a regular part of your day
30 July 2010

Summertime is when the warm weather draws many families outdoors to enjoy healthy activities. But unless we are careful, the heat can also lead to dehydration – a depletion of our body fluids. Here are some tips on how you can keep yourself and your family well-hydrated while enjoying the sunny season.

South Asians and other dark-skinned ethnic groups have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency; the best way to get enough vitamin D is to enjoy safe levels of summer sunshine.
South Asians and other dark-skinned ethnic groups have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency; the best way to get enough vitamin D is to enjoy safe levels of summer sunshine.
When it’s sunny, top up your vitamin D
When it’s sunny, top up your vitamin D
1 July 2010

When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Most people will make enough of this “sunshine vitamin”, but certain groups of people may not be getting enough from the sun or their diet – and this includes people with dark skin.