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 Mediterranean diet may help prevent macular degeneration A recent study indicates that following a Mediterranean diet and consuming caffeine is associated with a 35 percent lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting Local taxi drivers have 'no time’ for healthy food Taxi drivers from Kuruman to Nelspruit confess that fizzy drinks and junk food are a central part of their rushed lives. Dropped food on the floor? '5-second rule' debunked Food that has been dropped on the floor should rather not be eaten as germs can transfer almost instantly, according to a study. Should we be using artificial sweeteners? There is a variety of artificial sweeteners on the market that satisfy people’s need for sweetness while cutting calories. These sweeteners are also used by people with diabetes. Micronutrient deficiencies rife in developing countries Micronutrient deficiencies are not well understood as an aspect of malnutrition, and deficiencies in vitamin A, iron, zinc, folate and iodine are high, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. How nutrition and medication can help with arthritis Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Here are some steps you can take to manage or alleviate the condition. Saturated or not? The debate about fat carries on Lately there have been many claims that saturated fats should regain their prominence on our plates. There is, however, still a lot of controversy about the role of saturated fat in our diet. Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. Eggs are really nutritious and don't cause heart disease For years we thought eggs increased our cholesterol levels and caused heart disease, but recent studies indicate that daily consumption of eggs has no adverse effects on cardiac risk factors. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.