Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food Healthy Food 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 » Food Safety 20 health benefits of olives Not only do they taste really nice, but did you know that olives have a huge number of health benefits for you too? The 5 biggest misconceptions about eating fat If you were confused about some of these, we don’t blame you. Here are the biggest myths about eating fat you’ve probably heard – and the actual truth. Why you should avoid these 5 ‘diet’ foods10 helpings of fruit and veg a day3 easy ways to reduce your sugar cravings 3 ways to eat less carbs at lunch Need to rethink your diet to shape up for the warmer months? Here are some simple ways to reduce your lunch kilojoules. 7 ways to cut 50 calories every dayTo lose weight, start with dairy swapsTired of the ups and downs of yo-yo dieting? Why you should avoid these 5 ‘diet’ foods You might be thinking that you're doing your body a favour when you buy these items, but they are really not good for you. Want to improve your teenager’s eating habits?This season's must haves! 6 healthy spring foodsAre health foods really healthy? 4 foods that may not be as healthy as you think Clever marketing makes many foods seem healthier than they really are. Here are a few examples. Medium-fat enters dairy classificationLimit dairyLow-fat diets are dead. They only drive us to sugar. How to choose the best yogurt on the market It is generally agreed that dairy should form part of a healthy diet, and many South Africans eat yogurt every day. However, all yogurts are not created equal. All in for organic?Organic milk and meat have higher nutrient levelsIs organic chicken worth the price? Is organic food really safer and more nutritious? The majority of consumers who purchase organic food perceive it to be healthier, but is it really worth spending up to 40 percent more on what could be essentially the same product? 7 tips for a healthy camping trip Holiday time for many South Africans means it's time to go camping! Here are some health tips for your next camping trip. 6 healthy choices for the weekend Making healthy choices starts with knowing what your options are. Here is a list of six great ideas on what you could do to make this weekend a healthier one. 6 tasty and healthy snacks to enjoy at your braai this weekend Here’s a list of great tasting, healthy snacks you can enjoy around the braai this weekend. Healthy habits may be key to improving ADHD Tim Noakes to defend Banting for babiesMaking food fun for fussy eaters Healthy diet may be key to kids' reading skills Finnish researchers found that learners' reading skills improved more if they avoided sugary foods and red meat and ate more vegetables, fruit, fish, whole grains and unsaturated fats. Top tips for cooking with vegetable oilsInspiration for cooking with less saltTake the chore out of allergen-free cooking 6 reasons why you should opt for home cooking this weekend While many South African prefer to eat out over weekends, there are major benefits to choosing to stay home and cook. Coconut cake for Jessica the hippo's 14th birthdayThe truth about coconut oilCuckoo for coconut oil? Clearing up the confusion around coconut oil Coconut oil has become a feature on the shelves of supermarkets and health shops in South Africa, but we need to ask if this food is really as healthy as it is claimed to be. How will the 'Tim Noakes' diet affect your immunity?Tim Noakes takes Banting to the SA townshipsFDA to ban trans fats Is butter really back? Because it no longer regarded as dangerous to our health, more and more people are using butter as a dietary fat source, but will it actually make us healthier? Remember Heinz Winckler? He has advice for you. Singer, songwriter and former SA Idol winner, Heinz Winckler gives us a glimpse into his home and shares with us how his family stays happy and healthy. Are you fooled into buying these 'healthy' foods? Are the items on your shopping list as healthy as you think they are? A nutrition expert takes a look at items you probably shouldn't buy. Obesity in the US not caused by junk food Researchers found that fast food and unhealthy diets may not be the cause of Americans' obesity epidemic. Is fat good or bad? The debate carries on The Finns are returning to full-fat products while the Indians are trying to cut down on fatty foods like ghee. Who is right? 10 superfoods you absolutely must include in your diet Beverley Glock gives us 500 ideas and recipes to transform Superfoods into scrumptious diet foods. Heat up some chicken soupHome-made soup is best for your bonesSoup season is coming! How to make super-nutritious winter soups Soup is a great comfort food, especially in winter, but we need to make sure our soups contain the maximum amount of nutrients without providing too many kilojoules. Eat more soySoya allergy - part 1Soy diet won't help hot flushes in menopause Are you consuming too much soya? Current studies indicate that the typical amount of soy consumed in the western diet is safe, and even beneficial, for most people. Excessive consumption of soy, however, is not recommended. The 4 key types of phytonutrients Phytonutrients in our diet play a role in optimising immune function to reduce the risk of infection. These bioactive compounds can be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and even anti-ageing. Noakes brings low-carb pap to the masses The Tim Noakes Foundation has launched an affordable LCHF pap to make Banting more accessible to people with low income budgets. Low-carb vs. high-carb – which is the best diet for type 2 diabetics?Low-carb diets are better for keeping the weight off than low-fat dietsIs your low-carb diet causing constipation? We try low-cal, low-carb Konjac noodles In the feverish search for food that looks and taste like pasta (read carbs), food manufacturers are creating noodles out of almost nothing. Tim Noakes speaks out on the ‘Banting for babies' hearingThe Low-Carb High-Fat infant warWhy the Noakes- HPCSA hearing was postponed Professor Stephen Cunnane to testify in Tim Noakes HPCSA hearing Adv Rocky Ramdass representing Tim Noakes at the HPCSA hearing, asks that Prof. Stephen Cunnane be allowed to give testimony via video. Who is Stephen Cunnane? Berry niceWorld food day – SA needs real food, not fadsBlueberries may help to control blood pressure Maintain your weight with fruit and veg Researchers have found that as daily intake of fruits and non-starchy vegetables goes up, risks for excessive weight gain goes down. Link between inactivity and heart disease and diabetesIn SA more die of heart disease every day than are murderedHow can SA end malnutrition and curb obesity? The US food industry battles with people's demand for healthier food Kellogs, Nestle, McDonalds, as well as local restaurant chains, reluctantly follow consumer demands for healthier food after serving high carbs and sodium products for decades. But is it all just window-dressing? Parkinson's drugs linked to impulse control disordersThe physiology behind food cravingsJunk food more appealing when you're sleepy Pharmacies and others should follow Woolies in removing sweets from the checkout aisle Woolworths' decision to remove sweets and other unhealthy items from their checkout aisles is a step in the right direction. But will other supermarkets (and pharmacies) follow suit? Restaurant food not much healthier than fast food Eating food from restaurants, regardless of whether it's fast food or sit-in, makes no difference to the calorie, fat and sugar content. Home cooked meals remain the best way to control nutrient intake, a study suggests. Trans fats might interfere with memory The FDA has released a determination that artificial trans fats are not 'generally recognized as safe'. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils from their products. Any added sugar is bad sugar Experts argue that any source of excess sugar including all-natural honey, is just as unhealthy as high-fructose corn syrup. Modern bread is full of harmful additives In recent times bread has become increasingly commercialised, and 'the staff of life' is now regarded by many as no longer fit for human consumption. Healthier meals cost families more A grocery list with healthy food choices could cost a family of four a whopping R18 000 more per year, a US study finds. Milk can boost your brain power DietDoc reports on the link between dairy intake and the concentration of the 'master antioxidant' glutathione in brain tissue of healthy, elderly adults. What's SA's most sugary sauce? Sauces are a huge source of hidden sugar for South Africans and can completely sabotage your diet, but which are the worst culprits? Plant-based diet may reduce Alzheimer's risk A study found that the Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) substantially slows cognitive decline with age. 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. 7 proven benefits of drinking lemon water The benefits of lemon water are seemingly endless. Here's how lemon juice and hot water could help you lose weight. The amazing health benefits of eating oatsWhy oats is so good for youOats: the ultimate health food Oats: a good breakfast choice DietDoc explains why we need to eat a nutritious breakfast to navigate our way through a busy and demanding day. Fashion industry still encourages anorexiaIs pregnant glamour model Sarah Stage too thin?Magnetic brain stimulation may help anorexics How people with anorexia ignore hunger pangs People with anorexia respond differently to hunger signals from the brain, which may contribute to their ability to ignore rewards like food, a new study suggests. The negative health effects of Genetically Modified foods and how to negate themGoat genetically modified to produce medicinal milkPublic resistance to genetically modified salmon Low-carb potato launched in South Africa With a R20 million loss in potato sales over the last three years thanks (or no thanks) to the low-carb diet craze, the South African Potato Council has launched the first carb-free potato in the world. Keep your diabetes in check with a healthy lifestyleHealthy holiday foodTips for a healthy office lunch Best places to eat out when watching your health Avoiding a restaurant when you're on a diet is almost impossible so we've gone in search of spots, across South Africa, where the health-conscious can dine guilt-free. What’s SA’s most sugary drink?Am I eating too much sugar?10 foods with hidden sugar Carte Blanche reveals the shocking dangers of sugar addiction Carte Blanche lifts the lid on sugar addiction, which has been described as similar to drug addiction. Eating the wrong mushroom may cost you your liverFeast on fungiHealthy bones need protein Why mushrooms are good for you We all know that silly joke: What do you call a nice mushroom? A fungi to be with. But jokes aside, mushrooms have a remarkable array of health benefits. 8 foods to avoid if you have IBSInflammatory bowel disease ups risk for anxiety disorderToo much calcium bad for your heart Is it possible to reverse an aversion to milk and dairy? DietDoc explains how scientists are trying to find ways to reverse food aversions, particularly those that can cause dietary imbalances, like a dairy aversion. 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. advertisement From our sponsors R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Symptoms differ from person to person, identifying what triggers your IBS Live healthier Don't even bother » SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body LISTEN: Can you spot the smoker’s cough? 7 cough remedies that definitely don’t work A chronic cough can be the bane of your life. Here are seven cough remedies you shouldn't waste your time with. Be in the know! » How to manage sensitive teeth 5 ways runners mess up their teeth Oral health basics: what you need to know Dr Simon Reeves talks us through the importance of oral health basics. Here’s how to care for your teeth properly.