Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy diets Healthy diets 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 How to protect kids against obesity The statistics for the increase in overweight in kids younger than 5 years old are a cause for concern, particularly in the developing world. DietDoc explains how to combat this problem. Check Glycaemic index tool » Count Calorie counter » Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Ask DietDoc » Your quick guide to Banting 10 foods with hidden fat ADSA comments on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans The Association for Dietetics in South Africa and two nutrition experts unpack the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, looking at the similarities and differences with the South African Food Based Dietary Guidelines. New American Dietary Guidelines widely criticised The American Dietary Guidelines are very influential and should be 'above suspicion'. DietDoc discusses the shortcomings of the latest set of Guidelines. Your best body plan for 2016 Kick-starting a healthy lifestyle is not the easiest thing in the world but with a plan in place, you are already halfway there. Do we really need to eat breakfast? We were all taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but now researchers are asking if we might not be better off skipping breakfast altogether. More brown fat may reduce insulin resistance There is much interest in being able to harvest the power of brown fat in humans to combat obesity and accompanying metabolic disease. Tim Noakes trial postponed again The Tim Noakes trial has been postponed again after new information surfaced, but will be back on track in February 2016. Did Tim Noakes dispense advice via Twitter, or not? On the third day of the Tim Noakes / HPCSA hearing experts zoned in on whether Twitter was a good place to give medical advice. Tim Noakes' team want dietitian Caryn Zinn to testify Tim Noakes' team wants dietitian Caryn Zinn to testify in the HPCSA hearing. Who is she and can she stand up to the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA)? How 'food words' may trigger unhealthy eating New studies suggest that obese people respond to food cues differently to lean people, which could prompt them to eat more. Teens who eat lots and lots of fruit may be healthier adults CT scans reveals that adults who ate more portions of fruit and veg during childood had healthier arteries 20 years later. Mediterranean diet keeps seniors' minds healthier Following the Mediterranean diet and consuming more fruit and vegetables may result in a healthier brain in old age. World food day – SA needs real food, not fads DietDoc highlights the biggest nutritional issues in South Africa: low birth weight, malnutrition, obesity and the diseases that follow. Americans eat all day long Tracking real-world eating patterns, researchers found that many Americans no longer have set mealtimes, but eat all day long. Make realistic New Year’s resolutions for your health in 2016 DietDoc advises on how to ditch those unrealistic New Year's resolutions and replace them with a kinder and more viable alternative. How the DASH diet became the best eating plan For the sixth year in a row, a panel of health experts has named the heart-healthy DASH diet the best overall eating plan, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Diets ranking. Dietary reflections for the festive season As we move towards the end of 2015, DietDoc reflects on food issues like the current drought, fad diets and eating disorders. Blocking stomach artery may treat obesity A procedure that curtails blood flow to the stomach, suppressing production of the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin, shows promise for helping morbidly obese patients lose weight. Cunnane may testify in Noakes hearing Canadian professor, Stephen Cunnane will be allowed to testify in the Health Professions Council of SA's hearing against Professor Tim Noakes. Rules for a balanced diet What exactly is a balanced diet? How much of which foods should you eat? Here are a few simple rules that anyone can follow. New research confirms that sugar is making us sick With all the low-fat hype over the last few decades, many of us replaced fat with sugar but now researchers are showing that sugar is to blame for drastically increasing rates of diabetes, obesity and other lifestyle diseases. Obesity month – how to escape the epidemic DietDoc alerts us to the alarming overweight statistics in South Africa and explains what can be done to address the problem. Breastfeeding mom on Banting (LCHF) diet almost dies Swedish doctors saved the life of a 32-year-old nursing mother who suffered from ketoacidosis after being on a low carb, high fat (Banting) diet. National Nutrition Week focuses on 'Healthy Eating in the Workplace' This year the DOH (Department of Health) and ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) have cooperated to bring the 'Healthy Eating in the Workplace' message to the people of South Africa. Don't replace saturated fats with processed carbs People don't just drop saturated fat out of their diets without replacing it with something else. What you replace the fat with is crucial. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Why probiotics are beneficial for IBS Hearing aids on a windy day? No problem! A step-by-step guide on how to do pelvic floor exercises correctly Live healthier Get rid of lice! » Toddler dies after DIY lice treatment Back-to-school head lice Comb out head lice 20 head lice myths debunked Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live in human hair. They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact. Check out this infographic to learn more. About gout » Treatment of Gout Signs and symptoms of gout What is Gout? Is your diet causing gout? Suffering from gout? There's a lot you can do to prevent this horribly painful condition. Start by cutting out these 14 foods.