Food Health-e-Bytes

Apples can float in water because they are 25% air.

Cucumbers are 96% water and are one of the most hydrating foods you can eat.

Fruit-flavoured snacks contain the same wax that is used on cars.

‘There’s so much confusion and conflicting advice,
I don’t even know if I should eat a bowl of rice!’

If you want to cut through the myths and misinformation about what, when and how much to eat, read Dr Helena’s Heath-e-Bytes here.

Not all Calories are equal

The average person extracts 6 Calories from eating a medium-sized piece of raw celery. If you cook that same piece of celery, you begin to break down the cellulose (indigestible fibre) and end up [...]

Brawn Builds Brain

The over-emphasis on shedding body fat has obscured a critical component of good health: having enough muscle. The role of our muscles goes far beyond running for the bus, carrying the shopping [...]

Protein Power

The word protein comes from the Greek ‘proteios’ meaning ‘primary’ or ‘first rank’ because proteins are an indispensable nutrient in the human diet. They are a vital component of every cell in [...]

Too much of a good thing

Even though eating the recommended amount of fibre helps prevent diabetes, if you have long-standing diabetes (usually over 10 years), your stomach can become less effective at emptying due to a [...]

Fibre Fix

How much fibre do you need? That depends … Paleo-biologists estimate that in some parts of the world, paleo man consumed about 100 grams of fibre (combined soluble + insoluble) per day. Today’s [...]

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