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The miracle of vitamin D

Fascinating research shows that vitamin D not only makes our bones healthy, but also protects against heart disease and cancer. And many of us don't get enough of this vitamin.

  • Asparagus may cure hangovers To treat a hangover, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest -- and eat your asparagus, researchers say.
  • Probiotic health claims false General health claims for probiotic yogurts and drinks aren't backed by science, say European Union experts.
  • Daily sweets linked to violence Children who eat sweets every day are more likely to be violent as adults, possibly because they want instant gratification, a British psychological study has suggested.
  • More whole grains may mean less fat Eating more whole-grain foods may help reduce body fat in older adults, says a new US study.
  • Eating meat in middle-age good A new study hints that eating meat at least every two days during middle age may help maintain independent daily activities when older.
  • Fat hits brain before the hips Blame your brain for sabotaging your efforts to get back on track after splurging on an extra scoop of ice cream or that second burger.
  • Supermarket bans sweetener Woolworths’ decision to remove aspartame from all its own-brand products has highlighted the ongoing debate on the health hazards, or not, of this widely used sugar substitute.
  • Diet lowers breast cancer risk Women who want to protect themselves from developing breast cancer before menopause should be sure to eat their carrots, the results of new research suggest.
  • Vinegar no magic bullet against kg We've long loved to think that vinegar is a weight loss weapon. Now a new study suggests there's something in that.
  • Eat well and live longer A new study has shown that people who eat a healthy diet have a 25% advantage over those who don’t, and are also more likely to live longer.
  • Antioxidants abound in cereals Eating a bowl of your favourite cereal every day is a great source of natural antioxidants, new research shows.
  • Fatty food impairs memory Fatty foods have an almost immediate negative effect on short-term memory and exercise performance, British researchers say.
  • Milk at breakfast keeps you full Having a glass of skim milk instead of fruit juice at breakfast may help people feel more full all the way up to lunch, a small study suggests.
  • Seasonal hunger under-recognised Most of the world's acute hunger and undernutrition occurs not in conflicts and natural disasters, but in the annual "hunger season".
  • Intelligent people eat less fat More educated people eat healthier - and more expensive - food than less educated individuals, regardless of how much money they make, suggests new research.
  • Mushrooms a hot favourite Mushrooms are voted a hot favourite by Discovery Vitality’s HealthyFood™ members.
  • Breakfast burns calories People who are trying to lose weight may hinder their odds of success by skipping breakfast, according to a new study.
  • French best at sleeping and eating The French are living up to their image as lovers of food and can add a new love to the mix, sleep, according to a survey.
  • French women think they are fat France has by far the highest proportion of clinically underweight women in Europe, but only half of them think they are too thin, according to a new study.
  • Cut carbs to feel fuller longer Cutting out only a modest amount of carbohydrates from your diet may make you feel fuller longer, which may help you eat less, according to a study.
  • Snake-bitten chicken a 'healthy dish' A restaurant in China recently defended a controversial practice of killing chickens with snake bites, saying the resulting dish was healthy and kept the customers flooding in.
  • Multivitamins may prolong life Multivitamins may help women live longer by preventing parts of their DNA from shortening, a new study has found.
  • Chew gum to raise grades In a study likely to make school cleaners cringe, US researchers said that chewing gum may boost academic performance in teenagers.
  • Meat-sharers get more sex In a study which will impact on current knowledge about relationships between men and women, it was shown that the way to a chimp's heart is through her stomach.
  • Spices: diabetes help, or not? People with diabetes may want to start spicing up their diets, if new lab research findings prove true in humans.
  • Could spices help you lose weight? Spices have benefits beyond giving flavour to foods and drinks, say scientists, and could be considered as 'functional' ingredients in the struggle against obesity.
  • Red meat ups death risk People who eat more red or processed meat have a higher risk of death from all causes including cancer, while a higher consumption of white meat reduces such risks, a study found.
  • Moderate protein diet works best People lose weight when they cut kilojoules, but a diet with some extra protein may be especially effective at trimming body fat and improving blood fats, a new study suggests.
  • Discovery launches food initiative In line with Discovery Vitality’s aim of helping people to lead healthier lives, Vitality members are now able to receive up to 25% cash back on over 6 000 HealthyFood products.
  • Food prices hinder healthy eating High food prices are keeping South Africans from living a healthy lifestyle, according to the results of a survey.
  • Give monster portions a miss All-you-can-eat buffets, super-sized meals and cavernous drinks may help keep your wallet full, but they're also helping to expand your waistline.
  • Broccoli may ease allergies People with nasal allergies or asthma may want to add broccoli sprouts to their diets, if early research findings pan out.
  • Egg benefits confirmed The protein in eggs makes an important contribution to muscle strength, energy and a sense of fullness, according to researchers who reviewed more than 25 protein studies.
  • Probiotics may help chronic fatigue Supplements containing "good" bacteria can help some people with chronic fatigue syndrome feel better, but make others feel worse, researchers report.
  • Bad dairy dumped in SA Foreign dairy producers seem to regard South Africa as a soft target for dodgy products, managing director of the Milk Producers' Organisation Etienne Terre'Blanché, said.
  • Fast food in your area unhealthy Living in neighbourhoods packed with fast-food restaurants could increase your risk for stroke by 13%, a new study showed.
  • Hamburgers add to global warming When it comes to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummers of food, scientists say. And by swopping a steak for a salad you could reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Garlic gives up its health secret The same source of garlic's pungent aroma and taste may provide its benefits to health, scientists say.
  • You own it, you'll eat it Wondering whether to partake of that expired yoghurt at the back of the fridge? What about that hunk of cheese with the bit of mould on top?
  • Cured meats tied to cancer Children who regularly eat cured meats may have a heightened risk of leukaemia, while vegetables and soy products may help protect against cancer, a new study suggests.
  • Processed foods tied to cancer Common food additives, known as phosphates, may help lung cancer tumours grow faster, at least in mice, South Korean researchers reported on Monday.
  • Carotenoids cut lymphoma risk High daily intakes of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vegetables in general, could reduce the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by almost 50 percent, says a new study.
  • Mouth bacteria gives flavour boost Certain wines, fruits and vegetables pack a delayed but powerful flavour punch thanks to the bacteria living in our mouths, food chemists have demonstrated.
  • Fight eczema with pre- & probiotics A combination of probiotics and prebiotics for newborns reduced the incidence of eczema by 34 percent in high-risk children, says a new study from Finland.
  • Fast food linked to Alzheimer's Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease, a Swedish researcher said on Friday.
  • Naked Chef tackles healthy eating Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has warned that Britons are unable to cut household costs because they don't know how to cook cheap meals, turning instead to fast food.
  • Red meat ups tummy bug risk A steady diet of red meat makes the body more susceptible to a virulent form of intestinal bug that can cause bloody diarrhoea and even death, according to a study.
  • Grapes good for the heart Research shows that grape intake lowered blood pressure and signs of heart muscle damage, and improved heart function in lab rats.
  • Cherry-rich diet good for heart New research ties eating tart cherries to lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and cutting one's body weight and fat - all major risk factors for heart disease.
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