Home > Diet and nutrition > Nutrition basics Nutrition basics 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 Natural trans fats are good for your heart Natural trans fats, as found naturally in dairy and, meat products may help your heart while low levels of artificial trans fats might not be as bad, Check Glycaemic index tool » Count Calorie counter » Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Ask DietDoc » Don't get into these bad winter habits Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran rap against obesity Don't fall for the sugar witch hunt DietDoc explains why we need carbohydrates in our diet and why demonising sugar and carbohydrates is not useful or accurate. Dehydration at a glance 7 tips to keep you healthy and hydrated with REHIDRAT® The Americans only count tomatoes, potatoes and lettuce as veg No wonder they're unhealthy: most Americans only eat potatoes (generally fried), tomatoes (often in the form of sauce) and maybe a leaf or two of lettuce. Fat is good for you Fat is good for you. The perception that all fats are bad is about to change as the experts all agree that it's the quality, not so much the quantity, of fat that really counts. Cooking rice differently can cut the calories by half Research has found that slight changes in the way you cook rice could cut the number of calories in it by up to 60%. Electrolytes and our ‘water balance’ Electrolytes are vitally important to our health: when the amount of water in our bodies changes, it can cause levels of electrolytes to become too high or too low. Bring on the butter: saturated fats may not cause heart disease after all A study published in 'The British Medical Journal' has found that saturated fats like butter are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes. Why South Africans are addicted to fried chicken DietDoc investigates how fried chicken is contributing to making South Africans 'the fattest population in sub-Saharan Africa'. Chicken farmers to pay price for antibiotic-free McNuggets McDonald's decision to phase out human antibiotics from its US chicken supply will add to costs that are likely to be borne largely by poultry companies. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 Advertorial: Understanding the dangers of blood clots Live healthier Up for grabs! » To vape or not to vape? Twisp's new range of e-cigs Discover your Twisp Win one of the 3 new devices from Twisp! Now you can stand a chance of winning one of the 3 new devices, as well as flavours and accessories worth R2000 each! Love your heart » SA dying of heart disease Natural trans fats good for heart Heart probs and sex life How old is your heart? Take this test What's your heart age? Use the calculator to see the real age of your heart. Post your results in the comments!