If you think of Soul Food, you can probably picture a typical American family sitting down to a table full of delicious food.
There are potatoes, fried chicken, crispy bacon bits, corn bread, organ meats, peas, gravy and a bunch of other hearty foods to choose from.
And while Soul Food is American, if you think about it, it's not so different to what we eat here in SA during an average Sunday lunch.
The thing is, all these foods are high in fat and salt and it's probably why SA is fast becoming one of the top countries on the obesity and diabetes lists! And why, according to the latest Discovery Health stats, 60% of people in SA are obese…
That's why, when the Philadelphia Tribune posted an article about how to eat Soul Food without increasing your risk of obesity and diabetes, we knew we had to pounce on it and share it with you.
Here are four tips to change a few things about your cooking so a typical Sunday lunch doesn't leave you with weight and blood sugar issues…... ››› more
How many fad diets do you know about that actually work?
Sure, they can help you drop weight in a short space of time, but one, they're not sustainable - meaning you can't live on this type of diet forever - and two, you'll put the weight back on as soon as you start eating normally again.
But hang on… why then has the grapefruit diet been popping up regularly as the latest fad for the last 80 years?
We did some digging…... ››› more
You've probably got your hands full organising your kid's Halloween trick or treating costume. But these something you should add to your list: Pumpkin!
We don't mean for his costume - for you!
Yahoo health recently released an article about how “scary, good” pumpkins are for your health and it's just the right time to get you all excited about them too.
This because your little one is bound to come home from his adventures around the neighbourhood with a bag full of sweets and treats and, as nice as that sounds, it spells disaster for your health.
Imagine what this amount of sugar does to your diabetes risk!
That's where pumpkins come in…... ››› more
The foods you eat can slash your diabetes risk. But it's those that contain one essential mineral that can slash it the most, says a recent study. So, why then do only half of people around the world have the right levels they need in their blood?
Perhaps it's because they don't know about how important it is.
That's why it's essential you keep reading! Today, you'll find out how to protect yourself from the devastating effects of type 2 diabetes, just by eating the right foods.... ››› more
The moment your doctor tells you that you're diabetic might be one of the worst of your life. You know you have to avoid sugar like a poison - because that's what it is to your body!
But this can make your life a living hell because the only foods you can eat seem to be those that are bland and tasteless!
It's not only a shock to your taste buds, it can be a shock to your system too.
Luckily, as we're revealing today, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to enjoy your food as much as you used to! There are plenty foods that keep your taste buds tantalised without sending your blood sugar into orbit!
Try these three tasty, but healthy, snacks…... ››› more
If you're overweight and are at risk of diabetes, here's a solution!
All you have to do to slash your risk of type 2 diabetes and get rid of belly fat is use more extra virgin olive oil in your diet.
Spanish researchers posted their findings in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this month, explaining that people who follow a Mediterranean style diet - using more olive oil in all their meals - have a lower diabetes risk and better weight control - both of which lower your risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome too.
But there's more too it than eating more roasted bell peppers and tomatoes like they do in the Mediterranean, it's about how much olive oil you eat.
Here's what the researchers had to say…... ››› more
It seems like all the foods on the “banned list” are making a comeback!
First it was butter and full cream milk, now it's the starchy pasta you love so much!
That's right - you don't have to refuse a bowl of spaghetti bolognaise in favour of a bowl of vegetables any more! Researchers have discovered a novel way to ensure it doesn't cause your blood sugar to spike and your insulin levels to go out of whack.
That means, pasta isn't the evil diabetes-causing, weight-tipping food you once thought it was.
But there's just one trick you need to know about to keep it that way…... ››› more
If you're sick of going “skinny” here's an article for you.
You can finally ditch those watery, flavourless, fat-free or low-fat dairy products!
It's all because a new study performed by Swedish researchers confirms full cream dairy products can lower your type 2 diabetes risk.
During the 14-year long study, they tested 27,000 people between the ages of 45 and 74 to see what full cream dairy products did to their blood sugar and how it affected their diabetes risk.
And the results were astonishing!
Those who ate at least eight portions of full cream dairy products every day had an incredible 23% lower type 2 diabetes risk.
Here's what the researchers had to say…... ››› more
Did you know you CAN beat diabetes?
If you have type 2 diabetes, you can change your fate. It all comes down to the choices you make in your lifestyle and diet.
There's no reason for you to simply accept your diagnosis! And you certainly don't have to live with the constant health battles because of it.
There are plenty of changes you can make to improve your overall chances of defeating diabetes. But today, we'll focus on just one that'll improve your chances by 25%.... ››› more
We recently posted an article about how filling your plate with 2/3 fruit, vegetables and whole-grains can help you increase your chances of breast cancer survival!
But researchers were quite secretive about the exact types of fruit, vegetables and whole-wheat's to add to your diet. They said they needed to do more research so they had something to compare their current findings to. They were afraid to bring false hope.
The thing is, fresh food DO help your body fight cancer. And it's not only this study that says so.
You see, it's what's in these foods and what they can do for your health when you eat them that are proving to be the reason behind this cancer feat.
We're talking about phytonutrients - and, as you will see below, why it's important you never forget about them!... ››› more
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