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Nutrition basics

Lack of food security a threat to us all

A bit of maize-meal porridge, brown bread and tea with milk and sugar. That does not sound too bad, right? Unless this is all you have to eat all day, every day.

Why your body needs sugar

Our bodies all need sugar (or glucose) to function, which in my mind is why we all should eat sugar, or at least foods that convert into sugar, writes registered dietitian Kim Hoffmann.

Craving sugar? Blame your brain

A mechanism that appears to sense how much glucose is reaching the brain and prompts animals to seek more if it detects a shortfall may play a role in driving our preference for sweet and starchy foods.

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