We all have to start somewhere when we learn about a new subject, and nutrition is no different. Here are some of the posts that I've written which highlight many of the basic concepts of nutrition as we currently understand them, as well as a little bit of nutrition myth-busting for good measure.
Despite being used as a screening tool in healthcare, is BMI really a good indicator of someone’s health? Should it be used as a diagnostic tool? And should individuals be treated differently by healthcare providers depending on their BMI?
Detox - this word is prevalent in so many diet books, food products, and supplements. Whilst many of us have been or will be tempted by the attractive marketing behind juice cleanses, special teas, and supplements, their promises are nothing more than nicely packaged lies and half-truths.
‘I never use sugar in my tea, only natural sweeteners like Stevia’ / ‘Oh but I have heard that sweetener causes cancer’ / ‘Xylitol is the BEST thing for baking sugar-free things, because sugar is just the worst’. Do any of these sound familiar? Want to find out what the evidence says? Well head on over and give today’s post a read for the answers.
April is IBS awareness month. As part of raising more awareness about this misunderstood condition, I've written a contribution post for Health Bloggers Community Magazine highlighting IBS facts to counteract some of the misinformation out there.
Over the past decade, gluten has become a rather controversial topic that has taken the world by storm. Gluten-free diets have increased in popularity and 'free-from' product ranges have expanded in grocery stores. But what is gluten? And is it really all that bad?
Intermittent Fasting (IF) has become popular in the media and the scientific world in the last few years as a potential strategy for weight-management and improving metabolic health. But what is the science behind this way of eating, and is it just another diet?
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month and as an IBS sufferer myself, I thought I'd share five quick facts about the condition that should help you better understand it.
We're continuing the gut health conversation over on Glow Gathering, this time diving into the details of how our gut microbiome functions. From the affecting our immune system and skin, to producing certain nutrients, the gut microbiome is a fascinating thing.
Believe it or not, but there is very little evidence to support some of the crazy claims that have been linking Candida to things like 'leaky gut', brain fog, fatigue, and bloating since the 90s. Read more about why this is important to me and what you need to know about the topic here.
Intuitive Eating (IE) is a nutrition philosophy based on the understanding that developing a ‘normal’ relationship with food is a more effective way to reach a healthy weight for your unique body, rather than any other form of dieting.
Fibre is probably the least ‘sexy’ nutrient there is, but I think that it’s definitely one of the most interesting. Learn more about different types of fibre and probiotics, and why they are important for great gut health in today’s #WednesdayWisdom instalment.
Food hypersensitivity refers to both food allergies and intolerances, but believe it or not they’re not one in the same and are actually distinctly different. Learn more in today’s #WednesdayWisdom feature.
Time for another important micronutrient to be featured in the #WednesdayWisdom Series here on Taste & See - Magnesium. It is an important cofactor in many biochemical reactions, helps maintain nerve and muscle function, keeps our heartbeat regular, and even supports bone health.
Iodine - What is it? Why is it important for our health and wellbeing? And how can we ensure that we get enough of it in our diet? Read more in today’s #WednesdayWisdom feature.
Did you know that the timing (when) you eat can be just as important to your health as the types of foods (what) you eat? Learn more in today’s #WednesdayWisdom feature.
With the start of a new year, the word ‘detox’ is on everyone's lips. Whilst many of us have been or will be tempted by the attractive marketing behind juice cleanses, special teas, and supplements, their promises are nothing more than nicely disguised lies...
You don’t need to go on a ‘detox’. End. Of. Story. Why? Well our bodies are actually AMAZING, as they’re able to naturally detox themselves through the action of our kidneys, liver, lungs and GIT.
Iron is an essential micronutrient needed for blood transport, growth, development, normal cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissue. But how can we get it in our diet, and what happens when we consume inadequate amounts of it?
To snack or not to snack? That’s the question. Although some advocate for regular snacking to ‘boost your metabolism’, the evidence doesn’t actually support this. In fact, meal frequency hasn’t been shown to have any significant effect on how many calories your body burns on a day-to-day basis
There are many reasons why people choose to skip pouring cow’s milk over their morning bowl of oats. But what things should you consider before making the switch to plant-based ‘mylk’? Is it completely necessary for good health? Read more in today’s #WednesdayWisdom post.
Believe it or not, but not all bacteria are bad. From the day we are born our bodies are inoculated with different microorganisms that make their home in our gut. In fact, the microorganisms found in our gut can affect the proper functioning of our bodies and our overall health...
Despite the common notion that vegetarians and vegans are at terrible risk of becoming protein deficient, plant-based diets can supply enough protein as long as you eat a wide variety of veggies, grains, seeds, legumes, nuts, soy products and other plant foods.
Processed foods have a pretty bad reputation, but is it fair to place them all in the same category? Are some of our favorite health products actually processed? And are any processed foods actually good for us?
No matter how much we kid ourselves, sugar is sugar (even if it's from a different source than sugar cane or beets). Learn more in today’s #WednesdayWisdom feature.
How does our food get broken down into the individual components that help fuel, build, and nourish our bodies? Well, digestion is the key. How can you aid proper digestion of food? Learn more in today’s #WednesdayWisdom instalment.
Believe it or not, not all bacteria are bad and in fact, some are really good for us. Our bodies are actually home to a couple of trillion bacteria, most of which live in our gut. We’re more microbe than human, as some might say.