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Paleo – It’s a “No Grainer”

Do you ever want to get back to nature? Do you dream about making fire with sticks and stalking deer with a bow and arrow? You’re in luck! In recent years, the Paleolithic diet, better known as paleo, has got foodies nixing dairy and cereal grains and replacing them with berries, nuts, veggies and other foods our Flintstonian ancestors (may have) chowed down on. But is this prehistoric meal plan as healthy as it’s cracked up to be? First, some …

Gluten-Free = Guilt-Free?

Gluten-free diets have well and truly entered the mainstream, to the point where you can now find gluten-free alternatives in chain supermarkets. Fans of gluten-free rave about how it has improved their moods, given them more energy and a better skin complexion, reduced bloatedness and improved their digestion, among other perceived benefits. But the movement’s detractors call it nothing more than a fad diet that makes light of those who have coeliac disease, a serious medical condition that causes adverse …

The Fuss About Fibre

We talk a lot about fibre ‘round these parts – and with good reason! Fibre is both one of the most important micronutrients and most ignored, with the majority of us not getting enough. But what is fibre anyway? And why do we need it? You need it, and you probably don’t get enough of it Think of fibre like the janitor of your gut, keeping everything clean and tidy with its big, many-bristled broom. Fibre is a structural component …

Dispelling Five Myths of the Keto Diet

If you haven’t heard of the keto diet – the hyper low-carb dietary craze of celebrities and bloggers – you may have been living under a block of cheese. In fact, it has entered that phase in the lifecycle of a fad diet where it strays from its original meaning and people use it to describe all sorts of pseudo-dietary choices. These are a few common mis-keto-ceptions about the keto diet. Myth 5: The keto diet works like Atkins, only more extreme …

DNA and Nutrition – What Your Genes Tell You to Eat

  You are what you eat, it’s true. But you also eat what you are, in the sense that your DNA determines – to an extent – what you like, what you need, and how your body reacts to food. This is why the same diets and dieting tricks don’t work for everyone. Sometimes people are simply going to be fatter, slimmer, more muscular or skinnier than other people. Based on this logic, two dietary theories have arisen. The first is that …

Does Burnt Food Really Cause Cancer?

Who doesn’t love a good grilled asparagus, blackened tilapia or seared chicken? But not too seared – after all, burnt food gives you cancer, right? Well, not exactly. The idea that burnt food contains toxic, cancer-causing carcinogens has been floating around for about 20 years, fuelled time and again by headline-hungry news coverage that sometimes seems to misunderstand the research. Let’s start with the science. There are three chemicals that have raised nutritional eyebrows when it comes to cooked food …