Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy foods Healthy foods 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 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. 30% of SA kids don't have packed lunches According to WHO, fizzy drinks and fast foods are the main cause of child obesity in South Africa. If parents packed their children's lunches, it could curb salt and sugar intake. But most families don't have enough food to do this. Why coconut milk may not be so good for you Currently coconut milk is all the rage. DietDoc highlights the pros and cons of this new 'elixir of health'. Why 'healthy' food labels make us eat more Words matter when we're trying to eat right, and what's written on food tags may bamboozle us into eating more than we normally would. Burger crazy SA getting fatter by the day! More South Africans are dying from obesity-related diseases than ever before because we’re eating more than we’re moving. Olives 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? 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. 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. 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. 10 superfoods you absolutely must include in your diet Beverley Glock gives us 500 ideas and recipes to transform Superfoods into scrumptious diet foods. 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. 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 may testify in Tim Noakes HPCSA hearing Michael van der Nest, SC representing Tim Noakes at the HPCSA hearing, asks that Prof. Stephen Cunnane be allowed to give testimony via video. Who is Stephen Cunnane? Glycaemic index update The GI is becoming a popular tool and many people are probably familiar with the concept, which has become a ‘hot topic’ in the media. This article provides more info. Allergic to preservatives? Does your nose close up when you have a cold drink? Or do you start to wheeze when you eat pickles? You could be suffering from an undiagnosed preservative allergy. 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? 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? Healthy snacks for kidsThe skinny on snacksHow to create healthy party snacks for kids The makers of Oreo are now going to make healthier snacks Producer of Cadbury and Oreo, Mondelez is changing almost half its merchandise to healthier options within the next five years. Doctors need to treat patients with high blood pressure more aggresivelyIs your heart ageing faster than you?The effects of a stroke can often be reversed NYC first US city to implement sodium labelling As of December 1st 2015 all fast-food restaurants in New York are required to have an information label indicating salt content of their products. 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? No poison in Maggi Two Minute Noodles in South AfricaPoisoning Five foods that could kill you Find out which foods you should avoid if you want to stay alive. Your 'winter salad' Avocados are a fantastic source of nutrients and are so easy to include at mealtimes. 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? Low-fat diets are dead. They only drive us to sugar.Eat nuts and you'll live longerResveratrol in wine and chocolate could help prevent osteoporosis Eat well, think better A study has found The Mediterranean Diet combined with olive oil and nuts to boost thinking and memory. 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. 2 minutes to healthy winter eating It is usually during wintertime that we gain weight, and that we get flu. What can you do to ensure that you don’t gain weight, while still getting all the necessary nutrients? Eat your breakfastBe a breakfast eaterDon't skip breakfast Which instant cereal is best for you? We took a closer look at the nutritional value of SA’s favourite instant breakfast cereals, taking into account both nutritional value and price. The results might surprise you. 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. Fruits and berries boost winter health Are you being plagued by colds and flu? Turn to the abundant supply of fresh fruits and berries that are on sale in the South African winter, says DietDoc. Guide to proper male face careAll the test you;ll ever needJean de Villiers' health advice for men Man, take care of your health! We all know guys are not great ‘talkers’, especially when it comes to health matters. We’d like you to change that, and start by talking about your health – to your partner and your doctor. Breastfeeding mom on Banting (LCHF) diet almost diesTim Noakes takes Banting to the SA townshipsWhy you may not lose weight on the Tim Noakes Banting diet Tim Noakes to face inquiry over 'Banting' tweet Prof Tim Noakes will be appearing before the Health Professions Council of South Africa after advising a mother on Twitter to wean her child on low carbohydrate, high fat foods. Do we really need ‘five-a-day for health’? British health guru Zoë Harcombe, debunks the notion that we need a fixed or minimum amount of fruit and vegetables – the famous five-a-day – to stay healthy. All about green teaThe skinny on snacksPaying attention to your kids may curb their alcohol abuse Taking charge of your health Ladies, let’s get real; there is no magic pill to pop when it comes to your health and weight loss or weight maintenance. Here's what you should do. Why you could be struggling to lose weight Are you frustrated with the constant struggle to get to your ideal weight? Our expert weighs in on your weight loss woes. Three kinds of exercise that can improve arthritisCan yoga help to ease your arthritis pain?How your genes can cause liver disease The A-Z of turmeric Turmeric is a fine, golden-yellow spice with a sharp taste that lingers bitter on the palate. Learn more about its wondrous health benefits. Why fried foods are bad for your heart Ditch the French fries, doughnuts, crispy fried fish and chicken, and other foods cooked in fat, heart experts suggest. 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. Understanding the different kinds of fat in our diet DietDoc explains the different kinds of fat we regularly consume and how to balance these fats for optimal health. 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. advertisement From our sponsors Why probiotics are beneficial for IBS Hearing aids on a windy day? No problem! A step-by-step guide on how to do pelvic floor exercises correctly Live healthier Get rid of lice! » Toddler dies after DIY lice treatment Back-to-school head lice Comb out head lice 20 head lice myths debunked Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live in human hair. They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact. Check out this infographic to learn more. About gout » Treatment of Gout Signs and symptoms of gout What is Gout? Is your diet causing gout? Suffering from gout? There's a lot you can do to prevent this horribly painful condition. Start by cutting out these 14 foods.