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 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'. Check Glycaemic index tool » Count Calorie counter » Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Ask DietDoc » The lowdown on low-carbs 10 foods with hidden fat 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. How to benefit from negative-energy foods Some foods have such a low energy content that you can eat large quantities of them without risking weight gain. Here's how to use these foods to your advantage. Mediterranean or carb-free: which diet is best for your brain? The number of people living with dementia is increasing at an alarming rate. Could our dietary choices help prevent our brain cells from deteriorating? Eating too much? Blame your genes Recent research reveals that our genes not only affect the type of foods we choose to eat, but also how much, and how often. The fructose controversy Some say high intake of fructose is to blame for obesity, cardio vascular disease and metabolic syndrome while others say is a sugar like any other. DietDoc investigates. “ Latest comment on Health24 Margaux Alberts says... A friend of mine has just died today after suffering a massive heart attack after losing a lot of weight on this Banting diet. I would not recommend risking your health and life... 10 golden rules of Banting ” Am I eating too much fat? Are you consuming too much fat in your diet? Take this quiz to learn if you are at risk for being overweight, developing heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers? Drinking too much water can be dangerous There is serious danger faced by athletes if they drink too much water or too many sports drinks, according to a new study. 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 Soothe your family’s coughs and colds Why hydration is important while exercising Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Up for grabs! » Knee pain caused by a sports injury? Knee pain may run in the family Strengthen your ankles Win free gel to help with joint pain 100 lucky readers can each win a pack of FLEXISEQ gel valued at R300! Winter wellness » Don't overdose on salt this winter In praise of the blanket Keep your feet happy in winter Stay in tip top condition this winter Boost your health with our winter wellness guide.