Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy diets Healthy diets All sections in Diet and Nutrition » Beverages » Healthy Diets » Healthy foods » Nutrition Basics » The Immune System » Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements » Weight loss » Diet and Nutrition News The Real Meal Revolution launches new online Banting course The Real Meal Revolution is proud to announce it will now be offering the world’s first interactive online Banting course, accessible to a worldwide audience. Check Glycaemic index tool » Count Calorie counter » Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Ask DietDoc » What 100 calories of fruit looks like The lowdown on low-carbs Why losing weight can make you depressed A University College London study found that 78% of people who lost weight were more likely to report that they were feeling depressed. Mediterranean or low-carb – which is best for the brain? Leading doctors suggest that we should emphasise the importance of diet and lifestyle, factors and the Mediterranean Diet in particular, to reduce the risk of dementia. Low-carb drinks for Banters Trying to lose weight doesn't have to mean cutting out alcohol, dieters just need to be more careful about what it is they're drinking. Train your brain to choose fruit salad over fries You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, a new study suggests. The 10 worst diet myths You've all heard them: dieting is easy. Just cut out fats and carbs, eat lots of popcorn and drink lots of fruit juice. Welcome to the Land of Diet Myths. Why the world is getting fatter and fatter Do you hate your fat and flab? Well, what if you weren't to blame? Find out who the real culprits are. Why veganism matters Veganism is about saving the environment, excellent health and ending world hunger - or so say its followers. On World Vegan Day, 1 November, we give them the floor. Diet tips for pregnant vegetarians Vegetarian moms-to-be need to take special care in planning an adequate diet that will provide all the nutrients required for their own health and for that of their unborn babies. Combine avos and carrots to fix a Vitamin A deficiency Vitamin A and its precursors, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, are vital nutrients, but in South Africa it is estimated that 17% of preschool children and 19% of pregnant women are deficient in vitamin A. Bariatric surgery proposed for more UK diabetics In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has proposed a bill to have more obese diabetics undergo gastric-banding operations – to save money. Why your brain needs Omega-3? If you're still not eating fish at least two times a week, you should read on. Protein facts for vegetarians If you're a vegetarian, it's important to know which high protein foods you can eat instead of red meat, and how much protein is enough. Learn what DietDoc has to say. “ Latest comment on Health24 Jannie Van Zyl says... Potatoes South Africa (PSA) beginning to feel the Banting squeeze? :) Why you should eat potatoes ” Why we need some sodium in our diets Researchers have found that our bodies work best with sodium in the range between 3 and 6g a day. Go too high and you risk ill health and death, go too low and you are once again in danger. Why are we forever chasing quick fix diets? Weightloss and good health are absolutely achievable, but as with all good things, it takes time. Something we don't seem to have the patience for. Do vegan diets endanger child health? A vegan mother who only breastfed her 11-month-old is being charged with the death of her daughter after she died of vitamin A and B12 deficiencies. Weight gain eating plan What can you do to gain weight? DietDoc takes a closer look at the problem of underweight – and outlines possible solutions. She also gives a detailed eating plan. Eating healthily with ethnic food Try different ethnic cuisines to give yourself a taste treat while trying to lose weight. Many ethnic cuisines offer lots of low-fat, low-kilojoule choices. What is a food portion? Many weight loss diets place emphasis on portion control. If you're still confused about portion sizes, this article is for you. Tim Noakes' Eating Plan vs. balanced weight loss diets In the Stellenbosch Study, researchers did a systematic review of the best available research on the effects of low-carb diets on weight loss and heart health. Why breastfeeding is best DietDoc reminds us why, despite the aggressive marketing of infant formula all over the word, breast is still best. Osteoporosis risk for vegetarians Vegetarian? Then you may be wondering whether your diet is making the grade in terms of ensuring good health and preventing disease. Get the lowdown from DietDoc. Calamari: a source of omega-3 Stock up on calamari. New research shows this seafood delicacy is jam-packed with health-boosting omega-3 essential fatty acids. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.