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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.
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:
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!
An effective digestive system is closely linked to several other bodily functions. The immune system in particular houses nearly 80% of the body’s immune cells in the digestive tract.
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!
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 7th of 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.
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.
You’ve heard about the hype around collagen and you’re interested in trying it out for yourself. You reach the joint health section of the pharmacy and as you scan the products on shelf, you’re faced with so many options! Apart from the words on pack you can’t pronounce, the price tags start to make you nervous too. Not all collagen is equal and not all collagen supplements are backed by science. So, if you’re going to purchase a collagen supplement shouldn’t your hard-earned money be spent on a product that suits your needs and works?
The 17th of May marks World Hypertension Day, a day earmarked for raising awareness about high blood pressure and encouraging individuals to have their blood pressure checked and adopt heart healthy lifestyles. But first we need to know what blood pressure is and why high blood pressure is so dangerous.
We all fall under the pressure of new year’s resolutions. Terms like new year, new me come to mind. These resolutions often comprise of healthy eating behaviour and physical activity goals. We are however often left disappointed when we set unrealistic goals which we realize we fall short of before the first quarter of the year is over. We feel frustrated and can then easily throw in the towel.
FUTURELIFE®, South Africa’s leading functional food brand, is launching a true innovation with first to retail technology: ENERGIZE® with dual pouch technology and a resealable cap. ENERGIZE® is a balanced powdered meal which is packaged with purified water. It offers various amazing benefits, making it so different from an energy drink, but rather a high in energy product that provides lasting energy! Let’s explore these features and compare it to energy drinks.
Heritage Day celebrated on the 24th of September recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our rainbow nation. This public holiday is more than just a day off work. It is a celebration of our past and the present contribution of our South Africans in making our beautiful country what it is today. On this day, we’d like to share the heritage of our proudly South African company, FUTURELIFE®.
Regardless of the season, its always a good idea to get rid of the clutter, the things that take up space and don’t make you feel good. When you think about spring cleaning, household junk or those items in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for five years may pop to mind, but what about your grocery cupboard? What you put in to your body, has a direct influence on what you get out, so let’s take a look at 5 foods that you can boot from your cupboard (and if you’re worried your cupboard will be left bare, what to replace it with).
Nothing says home more than the smell of bread, wouldn’t you agree? Growing up, bread made up many memorable meals for me. School lunchboxes always included some sort of sandwich and bread always made an appearance at birthday parties or school sporting events. Bread is also the perfect accompaniment when hosting friends and families. Think “braai broodjie” or garlic loaves at social gatherings. You can literally have bread anytime of the day- some families even use it in desserts such as bread pudding. Yet, there is scepticism around the nutritional benefits of bread. Is bread healthy? Can eating bread make me fat? Let’s take a closer look.
Fulfilment occurs spontaneously when there is a congruency between our life values, and how we are actually spending our time on a daily basis. A common problem is people filling their days with too much gunk – stuff that is not really that important to them in the grander scheme of things.