The holidays have sadly come to an abrupt end and its back-to-school. When it comes to lunchboxes, we often need a little extra inspiration. I’m not sure about you, but with all that life brings, my creativity in the lunchbox department sometimes takes a back seat. This article will help bring the jazz back into your lunchboxes whilst ensuring they are healthy options.
Fibre has continuously been linked to a wide array of health benefits through scientific evidence. These health benefits include the treatment and prevention of constipation, haemorrhoids and diverticulosis, lowering blood cholesterol, reducing risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, protection against certain forms of cancer and increasing satiety (feeling of fullness) which assists with weight management. Despite all of these health benefits and the population’s knowledge of them, most people still fall short of the recommended daily allowance of 25g for women and 38g for men (adolescent and adult), averaging only at about 15g per day.
Expecting a bundle of joy? This is certainly a very exciting time in one’s life but it can also come with many questions and concerns - this shouldn’t be the case when it comes to nutrition. Eating a healthy balanced diet is vital for good health and even more so when you are a mom to be. Many moms say they are ‘eating for two’. Should this be the case? Are there certain foods which are off the menu? Let’s take a closer look.
Most of us know the importance of breakfast yet many dieters are skipping breakfast for faster weight loss results. This “diet” strategy has helped individuals slim down faster, but this isn’t a one size fits all approach, everyone is different. The best breakfast plan depends on many factors including the individual’s schedule, food choices and total calorie consumption. Let’s take a closer look at whether skipping breakfast is really an effective strategy for weight management.
Did you know that eating meat has a detrimental impact on the environment? Reducing meat consumption can help delay climate change, reduce the use of valuable natural resources and even result in health benefits. It’s no wonder the campaign for Meat Free Monday has gained support worldwide. When examining the health benefits of reducing meat consumption, cancer risk is one of the top motivating factors to make your Mondays meatless.
Winter is here and there’s no escape from the icy cold mornings and nights. While you’re preparing for the drop in temperature by bringing out your thermals and thick cosy blankets, it’s important to also prepare your diet accordingly. This can be confusing at times when your family give you their top winter tips that have been tried and tested for years but ‘Doctor Google’ contradicts these. Who do you believe? Freeze! It’s time to play detective and rely on science-based evidence to bust a few of the most common winters myths.
According to the National Cancer Registry of 2011, 1 in 29 South African women have a lifetime risk of breast cancer1. Take a look around the room and let this shocking figure sink in. Now some of you may think you’re too young to get breast cancer. Or, because you are a male it doesn’t concern you. Before you turn the page and say you’ve heard it all, take a look at the myth busters below:
People are so nutrition savvy these days throwing around many nutrition terms but often these terms are misunderstood. Think of the acronym GI – Glycaemic Index – many of us know these are healthier options but why is this the case? Let’s take a closer look at Glycaemic Index (GI) and Glycaemic Load (GL).
Now that you’ve progressed from the messy meal times and your toddler is starting to eat meals similar to yours, feeding them may start to get a bit confusing. You may question whether your child is eating enough and whether you are providing them with a balanced meal. I’m here to try ease your mind.
First things first, you must be wondering what on earth a ‘microbiome’ is. Microbiome is an umbrella term for the bacteria that lives in and on your body. Our bodies are home to trillions, literally TRILLIONS of live bacteria. These stretch from your mouth, skin and even to your bum. There’s a whole tiny eco-system going on there. You’d be shocked to know that there are in fact more bacterial cells in the body than human cells. As gross as that may sound, hopefully by the end of reading this and learning about all of the amazing health benefits you will also think that bacteria are the ‘bee’s knees’, because they truly are!
Type “diet” into google and 963 million results instantly appear. This doesn’t shock me in the slightest. More and more individuals are following crazy “diets” to look and feel better. With continued excitement for eating low-carb, high fat or Paleo diets – diets that have a higher protein intake – the popularity of protein is on a reigning high. You may question why this macronutrient is gaining popularity? Let’s take a closer look.
Packing lunch is a great way to ensure that you and your loved ones get a nutritious meal to keep going throughout the day.1This practice is not only cost effective considering rising food prices, it also ensures that you control what foods your children are eating as well as portion sizes1. Foods commonly bought at the tuck-shop are often higher in calories, sugar, unhealthy fats and salt. Avoiding or limiting these types of foods is not only important for those living with Diabetes, it is a general guideline that everyone - big or small - should follow.
It is a new year and you’ve decided that nutrition is a priority for you to reach your 2021 fitness goals. You are determined to find the best product on the market and head to your nearest Dischem store. When you arrive, you are pleased to see the shelves packed with options. But, as you start comparing products you begin to feel overwhelmed and confused about the best option for you. On the one hand there are products with minimal information leaving you searching for answers. On the other, there are products packed with information including ingredients you have never heard of. To help you decide when it comes to the FUTURELIFE® range, here is more information on SmartProtein3D™.
Good nutrition during childhood is vital for both physical and mental growth and development. Studies have shown that the first few years of life are the optimal window for establishing healthy eating behaviours in children1. These behaviours are influenced by children’s personal experiences and observing eating behaviours of others. By setting a good example and teaching your child healthy eating habits from the start, you can equip them with the tools for a lifetime of healthy eating.
With a busy day, lunch can be just as inconvenient to prepare as to eat. You’re probably starving but don’t have the time to prepare anything or you forgot about that grumbling stomach because you’re too busy working or running around. Here are 8 tips to make life easier for you when it comes to lunch.
Eating healthy is a key pillar in managing your diabetes and is something that should be prioritised. In today’s busy lifestyle when you are juggling your work, kids, home management as well as trying to fit in that gym session, we often forget to pack something quick and easy to eat at work or on your way home. Meals that are bought instead are generally high in energy, fat, salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates. These don’t do any favours for managing your blood glucose levels, how you feel after eating them or your health. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Here are some tips and meals ideas for when our schedule is tight.
DISCLAIMER: Speak to a healthcare professional to ensure that the guidelines mentioned below are applicable to your child and if applicable, to assist with further management.
The topic of childhood obesity is very sensitive. No child should ever be judged by the size of their body as every child is beautiful in their own way. The problem at hand is that the childhood obesity statistics in South African are increasing at an alarming rate. One out of four girls and one out of five boys between the age of two and fourteen years old are overweight or obese1. Identifying overweight and obese children at an early stage and early intervention can have a profound impact on preventing long term health consequences.
The need for sweetness is said to be innate, however people differ in their preference for sweetness as well as how sweetness is perceived1. Today however, most of us are consuming way too much added sugar, especially “hidden” in foods such as sauces, sugar sweetened foods and beverages2. The WHO (2018) recommends that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free (added) sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, which works out to about 12 teaspoons of added sugar per day (based on a 2000 kcal diet)1. They recommended a further decrease to 5%, which is 6 teaspoons per day1. This guideline however does not refer to intrinsic or natural sugars found in fresh fruits, vegetables and milk3.
Smoothies are one of those foods that have stayed popular and remained on the food trend list for the last few years. Everywhere you look; restaurants, recipe books, food blogs and Pinterest are filled with the most delicious smoothie recipes and a simple google search on smoothies can pull through pages and pages of articles and recipes, but needless to say, looking through all this information can be a pretty daunting task. For those of you who don’t know anything about smoothies…you are in luck, here is all the information you need to know about making a nutritious smoothie.
Whether you’re an athlete competing at the top of your game or enjoy an active lifestyle, chances are you’ve got a list of tablets that you take daily. But, why go through the nuisance of counting out and gulping down numerous different tablets when you can simply enjoy the same ingredients in a shake instead? Introducing new FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™, delicious convenient and affordable.
There have been numerous media reports and noise from organisations that claim dairy has an adverse effect on your health. According to these reports, the health consequences include increased risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, osteoporosis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes1. This stream of inconsistent (and often misleading) information has led the consumer to question dairy and health1. This is evident in the increased consumption of plant-based drinks, including soy, rice, almond and oats1. Those living with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) are at increased risk of other chronic illnesses1. Identifying the modifiable risk factors that help to prevent T2DM is therefore of considerable public health importance.
If I had to choose one word to start a conversation amongst a room of shy athletes it would be none other than ‘carbohydrates’. Majority of the people would probably tell you it’s all about timing, type and specific amounts of carbohydrates you consume. On the other hand, a few others may mention their new low carbohydrate, high fat, adequate protein diet. Why is the idea of your body running on other fuel sources such as fats instead carbohydrates becoming so popular and is there any science backed evidence behind this? Let’s investigate this further.
Soy has been in our diets for many years and has mostly been found in Asian cuisine. As vegetarianism increases, consumption of soy has increased as well, especially in Western countries. The quality of soy protein is one of its most attractive benefits and has been used to create many soy-based vegetarian food options. This high protein content coupled with a lower carbohydrate content makes soy a unique vegetable protein. Consumption of soy can also create a sustainable alternative to meat consumption as it reduces the ecological exploitation of natural resources1.
Are you the parent who is rushed to get the kids to school punctually and has no spare time to eat? Perhaps the snoozer who would rather enjoy an extra 10 minutes of sleep than use that time to eat at home. Maybe you’re the busy executive catching up on e-mails or preparing for meetings and you forget about breakfast. Over the last few years, peoples’ lifestyles have changed which often means many of them are unable to enjoy a breakfast at home. But, as lifestyles change, so must breakfast. So, we’re encouraging South Africans to not skip breakfast; rather have it at your desk, a Deskfast!
We have all heard about the importance of consuming protein for our health as protein is part of every cell in our bodies and is crucial for growing, repairing and replacing tissues1. But when it comes to protein and muscle growth and recovery, there is so much conflicting information regarding the amount of protein required, the type of protein as well as healthy sources of protein. All these factors play a role in your post-exercise recovery and muscle growth.
When we live in a world with smart phones, smart cars and smart TVs, doesn’t it make sense to make sure you’re getting smart nutrition too? National Cereal Day is celebrated annually on the 7thof March and this year we raise our spoons to pay tribute to our hero cereal, FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ which has been providing South African families with a smart breakfast choice for 11 years.
If you’re a parent then you’ll know that it’s not always smooth sailing when it comes to feeding your child. You take the time and effort to create delicious, well balanced meals and when you proudly serve it to your child their reaction is a scrunched-up face or ‘I don’t like it’, without them even giving it a taste. Your next go-to trick is for you to sample the food and exaggerate how tasty it is by saying ‘mmmm’ and ‘yummy’ but they look at you as if you’re crazy and still refuse to eat it. As a result, your child may go through stages of lacking fibre in their diet. Fibre is important for the digestion and absorption of food. Insufficient fibre may also be the reason that your child is frequently constipated. Here’s a few ideas to ensure that your child consumes sufficient amounts of fibre daily.
Healthy eating can be daunting and difficult, especially after the festive season. Our New Year’s resolutions are generally revolved around eating healthier and wanting to improve our dietary patterns, but this is often challenging as we get back to our busy lifestyles. Why not make 2021 your year, with a little help fromFUTURELIFE®?
These days, everyone is looking for a quick fix. It’s therefore no wonder that when you walk into your local pharmacy you are overwhelmed with nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, fibre and even protein supplements. Most of us grab these supplements thinking that they will rectify all the shortcomings of our daily diets. But, just as the name suggests, supplements are meant to supplement a healthy diet, not to replace it.
I’m sure you’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why is this? As the name suggests, break-fast ‘breaks’ our overnight ‘fast’ which replenishes our body’s supply of energy and promotes good health. The question we often ask ourselves is what breakfast options do I have? Introducing the new FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes and Barley with HOWARU® Premium Probiotic capsules. This cereal uses a combination of bran and barley to create that crunchy breakfast solution with the added benefit of a probiotic capsule. This is not your average bran cereal, FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes and barley with HOWARU® Premium Probiotic capsules is a unique combination of ingredients that is designed to support and maintain a healthy gut, making it an ideal choice for that first meal of the day, breakfast.
Whether you’re an elite athlete, in your 80’s or suffered an injury, you may be at risk of cartilage damage. Cartilage has minimal ability to repair itself therefore it is important to explore preventative measures for degeneration. Collagen has emerged as promising option for the protection of cartilage and may be the perfect solution for you.