Health Tip #1: Sour and bitter

Health Tip #1: Sour and bitter

That moment when your cheeks cramp together until your jaw aches, your salivary glands spurt in shock and your whole body focusses on the taste in your mouth. It doesn't look like it's good for you, but it is. We've unlearnt the ability to enjoy certain tastes as we...

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Aspartame by another name

Aspartame by another name

A rose by any other name … ?  Aspartame never was a rose, and the smell around it’s use has never been close to as sweet as it’s taste.  It's an artificial sweetener, there's nothing real or fresh about it. Now it's being marketed under a new brand name.  What does...

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Marital debate: the purpose of food

Her:  The latest is not soaking beans anymore because it compromises the flavour - they don't taste as good if they're pre-soaked.    Him:  [groan] Not another pendulum swing. Her:  But that's not why we soak beans. We soak them to neutralise some of the phytic acid....

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Poo pals: Dealing differently with disastrous digestion

We’ve learnt a lot about our microbiome, the bacteria that live everywhere, in us and on us.  They do much more for our digestion than we ever guessed.  They digest the fibre we eat and make some of the nutrients that are essential to us.  Little bacterial...

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De-mystifying fat

Everyone's debating fat with an awful lot of conviction: should it be low carb high fat with lots of animal fat, or high carb low fat with lots of plant fats or ...?  You've heard it, maybe you've even joined the debate?  You know what Noakes says, you know what some...

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Are you making your heartburn worse?

Heartburn is humbling.  Bad heartburn is even crippling: it feels like a heart attack in process.  Living with that day after day is not a good recipe for quality of life.  It would be awful to be making it worse because you think you’re doing the right things....

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Is breakfast a have-to?

There are new, interesting studies about whether eating breakfast is a better health option or improves weight loss.  No surprise… we’ve been following a bunch of half-logical assumptions as fact and repeating them so much that everyone believes them.  There are a lot...

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An Eye on Medical Marijuana

This innocuous-looking plant is amongst the most contentious on our planet thanks to a history of abuse.  Strangely, in the US it’s used more by the ageing populations than by the youth.  That could be because the marijuana friendly Woodstock-hippies are now that age....

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IBS?  Pitfalls and Paths of the FODMAP Diet

If you have severe IBS symptoms, then a FODMAP diet could be the answer for you.  It eliminates winds, bloating and cramping by severely restricting the ‘sugars’ that ferment in your gut and cause these symptoms. It’s a therapeutic diet, not one meant for standard...

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Noakes 1: Bullies 0

Act 1 of this sad health melodrama I feel unexpectedly strongly about the Noakes verdict.  David vs Goliath, evidence vs dogma, and a victory for the individual versus the gang of bullies. So I'm sitting here eating my high carb naartjie and celebrating the Noakes...

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