Nutrition

From healthy recipes for the family to immune boosting foods, this section will help you maintain a healthy eating plan.

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Naturally sweet alternatives

Posted on 20 March 2017

Are you trying to reduce your sugar intake but still hankering for something sweet? These natural sweeteners have become increasingly popular as alternatives to sugar. Here’s a look at 5 of the most common natural sweeteners and what you always need to be aware of with regard to sugar intake.

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Not just a pinch of salt

Posted on 27 February 2017

To survive, our bodies need salt. But too much can cause health risks, including high blood pressure (hypertension), which can cause strokes and heart attacks. A Mediclinic dietician discusses foods high in salt, and whether alternatives like Himalayan salt are healthier.

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Listeria in pregnancy and foods to avoid

Posted on 7 February 2017

To avoid a possible listeria infection, pregnant women are advised to avoid some foods where possible and take precautions to cook certain foods thoroughly.

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Five foods to
boost your mood

Posted on 20 January 2017

Enjoying a meal is one of life’s singular pleasures. Here are our pick of the top five foods to lift your mood and keep you healthy.

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The facts about fat in your diet

Posted on 19 December 2016

Fat is a loaded word. When is it good and when is it bad? Dietician Ilsabé Spoelstra separates fat from fiction for us.

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Kidney stones:
who is at risk?

Posted on 19 December 2016

A Mediclinic urologist explains how lifestyle choices in South Africa are causing a higher incidence of kidney stones in children – and who else is at risk.

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5 school lunchboxes for the week

Posted on 12 December 2016

Packing food for picky eaters to take to school can be tricky. But mix a bit of forward planning with a smart grocery list and you have the ingredients for a good lunch.

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Eat and drink together (and be healthy)

Posted on 11 December 2016

Eating and drinking go together like cheese and wine. But is eating and drinking at the same time good for you? And are some drinks better suited to mealtimes than others?

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

Posted on 30 November 2016

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

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The many pros of probiotics

Posted on 29 November 2016

A strong, healthy gut needs plenty of good bacteria to function optimally and probiotics can provide a boost when needed. A Mediclinic pharmacist explains how you can get the balance of your gut bacteria right.

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A sweet addiction: how much sugar is healthy?

Posted on 28 November 2016

The World Health Organisation recommends a maximum free sugar intake of 12 teaspoons and an ideal intake of six teaspoons or less per day. This can add up quickly when you start looking at the hidden sugars in most foods. Our sugar infographic looks at free sugar content of some household favourites.

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Cow’s milk versus the alternatives

Posted on 16 November 2016

You may have noticed that there are far more options in the milk aisle at the supermarket these days. Many plant-based milk alternatives such as almond and soy have graduated beyond health food status to become more commonly available and consumed. We asked a Mediclinic dietician about milk alternatives.

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Eat your way to healthy skin

Posted on 11 November 2016

Are you using sun protection and night creams but feel you need to do more to protect your skin? A Mediclinic dietician offers tips on which healthy foods also contribute to healthy clear skin.

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Eating to ease arthritis

Posted on 17 October 2016

There is no known cure or prevention for arthritis, but some sufferers swear by eating or avoiding certain foods. Rheumatologist Dr Sinisa Stankovic of Mediclinic Sandton offers a medical perspective.

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Make the most of your fresh produce

Posted on 17 October 2016

We all know that at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day is recommended as part of healthy, balanced diet. Here are some handy tips on how to make the most of fresh produce, prevent waste and enjoy delicious meals.

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Top mental fitness tips

Posted on 14 September 2016

Can you condition your brain to become sharper and more agile as you age? Yes, you can, says Dr Peter Haug, a neurologist at Mediclinic Milnerton.

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The bittersweet truth about sugar

Posted on 8 August 2016

On average, South Africans consume 24 teaspoons of sugar per day – more than double the World Health Organization guidelines for daily intake! A Mediclinic dietician talks us through statistics and the new sugar tax, the good and the bad of sugar, and healthier alternatives.

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Five superfoods to feast on

Posted on 20 July 2016

There’s a lot of talk about eating so-called super foods. We asked dietician Ansie Engelbrecht of Mediclinic Kimberley to clarify what a super food is and which ones we should be eating.

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Five myths about diabetes

Posted on 15 June 2016

Type 2 diabetes is one of the modern world’s fastest-growing diseases. But as it spreads, so too do the myths around it. Tracy Ugarchund, a dietician at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sets the record straight.

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New day, new diet

Posted on 8 June 2016

The prevailing wisdom about food seems to change more often than we can fit in a square meal. Dietician Rhoyda Singwane of Mediclinic Nelspruit has some healthy helpings of facts and science to help you improve your food choices.

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Eating for two?

Posted on 2 February 2016

No, doubling up on all your meals isn’t the healthy way to eat when you’re pregnant. But what is? Here’s a look at the foods that will ensure you and your baby get the nutrients you need.

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