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Kente cloth worn at a festival in Kpetoe Agotime, in the Volta region of Ghana. The colours and patterns of the cloth convey different meanings and are said to symbolically preserve the history, ethics and moral values of the people.
Kente cloth worn at a festival in Kpetoe Agotime, in the Volta region of Ghana. The colours and patterns of the cloth convey different meanings and are said to symbolically preserve the history, ethics and moral values of the people.
Healthy eating, West African style
Healthy eating, West African style
8 May 2010

The continent of Africa is steeped in tribal and ethnic diversity. Its geographic regions in the west, east, north and south vary in language, religion and even cuisine. If you enjoy West African cooking, here are some tips to help you prepare nutritious traditional foods for your family.

Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, is situated in a mountainous area overlooking the Gulf of Oman.
Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, is situated in a mountainous area overlooking the Gulf of Oman.
Flavours from India to East Africa intermingle in Muscat
Flavours from India to East Africa intermingle in Muscat
16 April 2010

Over the centuries, the peoples of the Middle East have intermingled, blending their cultures and traditions. Yet they have maintained their own distinct foods, traditional dishes and flavours.

The use of fresh herbs, spices and dried fruits gives Persian dishes a distinct essence, texture and fragrance.
The use of fresh herbs, spices and dried fruits gives Persian dishes a distinct essence, texture and fragrance.
Iranian cooking offers dishes rich in aroma, colour and flavour
Iranian cooking offers dishes rich in aroma, colour and flavour
18 March 2010

The cultures, traditions and foods with which Iranians mark special occasions are as rich as the country’s history. For instance, to mark Nowruz, the dining table is adorned with a special table cloth and seven dishes that represent new life, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience and beauty.

Eggs for breakfast provide a good source of protein and quite filling.
Eggs for breakfast provide a good source of protein and quite filling.
Breakfast provides quick and easy fuel to start the day
Breakfast provides quick and easy fuel to start the day
6 March 2010

After a good night’s rest, your body needs fuel to kick-start the day. Everyone should make breakfast a habit, especially children. It provides energy throughout the day and improves your ability to concentrate.

Look after your heart
Look after your heart
9 February 2010

Valentine's Day or not, looking after your heart is especially important for South Asians – particularly men – who are more at risk of heart disease than the wider population. However, there are many ways you can protect your heart whilst still enjoying delicious traditional home cooking.

Eating for health: A new year — a new you!
Eating for health: A new year — a new you!
31 December 2009

The year often starts with great intentions – perhaps you will join a gym, cut out fried foods, or decide to give up fast food – but will they stick? One of the best ways to keep your new year’s resolutions is to make sure they are realistic in the first place.

Make the whole grain a part of your healthy lifestyle
Make the whole grain a part of your healthy lifestyle
7 December 2009

Buying a loaf of bread, a breakfast cereal, or pasta used to be straightforward. But today, a wide assortment of grain-based products comes with a push to choose healthier whole grain varieties. Just what is whole grain, and what makes it healthy?

Develop healthy habits to manage your diabetes
Develop healthy habits to manage your diabetes
12 November 2009

World Diabetes Day is observed every year on 14 November to raise awareness of diabetes. While there is currently no cure for it, those who are affected can still live a full life by carefully managing their condition.

In addition to learning how to cook a selection of traditional dishes, participants received valuable tips from Auntyji Razia Laljee, such as what spices work well with particular foods.
In addition to learning how to cook a selection of traditional dishes, participants received valuable tips from Auntyji Razia Laljee, such as what spices work well with particular foods.
Cookery classes inspire new interest in cooking traditional foods
Cookery classes inspire new interest in cooking traditional foods
27 October 2009

Recognising that a younger generation of Ismailis in the United Kingdom are less likely to know how to cook traditional foods, members of the Youth Cultural and Social Network in the UK recently organised a series of cookery classes.

Fasting and diabetes
Fasting and diabetes
20 August 2009

Those suffering from type 2 diabetes may be worried about observing the fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan. However, it is possible to fast safely if you are careful about managing your diabetes.

A sample Nutrition Facts label used in the United States.
A sample Nutrition Facts label used in the United States.
Nutrition labels demystified
Nutrition labels demystified
6 August 2009

Labels on the foods that we purchase today include measurements of calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, and fibre, among other nutrients. But what do the numbers actually mean?

Healthy cooking tips
Healthy cooking tips
16 June 2009

When you are cooking, watching the amounts of fat, salt and sugar you add are essential to achieving a balanced diet. By making small changes to your cooking methods, you could be making big changes to your overall habits.