Nutrition Centre Articles
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.