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 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. 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 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. 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'. 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. 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? “ Latest comment on Health24 Marilyn Noakes says... Tim Noakes here. Essentially every statement in this article can be contested/refuted. Until RDs, doctors and the general public understand that a majority of South Africans have... Don't fall for the sugar witch hunt ” 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. You need more kilojoules and fat if you have cystic fibrosis People with cystic fibrosis require a much higher energy intake than others and need to compensate for poor absorption caused by a lack of digestive enzymes. 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. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Is your baby dehydrated? How to tell. Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready Live healthier Your health » How well do you know the body? Your healthy liver lifestyle Are you healthy? Tell us about your health and you could win R5000. Up for grabs » Tell us about your health Stay warm when the lights go out Win R1000 in cash! Win an energy-saving Spindel Enter our competition and stand a chance of winning an energy saving Spindel valued at R2200!