The rhizomes of this flowering plant, Hypoxis angustifolia, were cooked by early humans.
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The charred remains of root vegetables found at Border Cave help us understand how early humans survived and thrived.
Bet you can’t eat just one.
Everyone knows it's hard to stop eating potato chips or chocolate chip cookies. New research shows why: Certain combinations of fat, sodium, sugar or carbohydrates make them irresistible.
Eating a low-carbohydrate breakfast could help curb cravings for treats later in the day – a simple and powerful strategy not just for those with Type 2 diabetes, but for anyone looking to improve their diet.
New research shows that eating a low-carbohydrate breakfast both reduces sugar spikes in the morning and reduces cravings for sweet foods in the evening, in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Two large nutritional studies seem to have reported contradictory findings on carbs. But only if you believe the headlines.
If you want to remain lean, this study of mouse diets suggests your fat intake should make up just a fifth of your overall calorie intake.
Official advice to prediabetics on the best diet to avoid type 2 diabetes suggests that there is only one option. The latest research suggests otherwise.
Pasta has a low glycaemic index.
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A recent study was reported to have found that eating pasta wouldn't make you put on weight, This is actually true, so long as you're following a low GI diet.
Diets aren't just about losing weight. There are other things to consider.
What’s more important to examine is whether the fat and carbs come from fruits and vegetables or doughnuts and candy.
Arguing about whether carbohydrates or fats are better misses the main point. To improve global health we need reduce intakes of ultra-processed foods and eat more minimally processed foods.
Potatoes are more nutrient-dense than many other staple foods in South Africa including maize meal, rice, bread and pasta.
Feeling the burn.
It can take the body up to three weeks to fully recover from the strain of running a marathon, so here's some foods that are scientifically proven to help aid recovery.
At least you don’t have to drink it.
Rinsing your mouth with a sports drink and then spitting it out can improve performance.
Chemicals or a spice rack? Or both?
Chemicals have a bad rap these days. But the fact is that everything is made of chemicals. Here are some of the chemicals at work in your kitchen.
The main thrust of the advisory committee’s report is that diets should be focused on whole foods, not specific nutrients.
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National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in rich countries. And a BMJ article about draft US guidelines adds further fuel for the fire.
Here’s a clue: what you eat is just as important as the size of your meal.
We’ve all done it: enjoyed a delicious meal only to nod-off in a comfy chair for a while. A habit for some but unavoidable for others, what is it about food that can make us so sleepy?
The size of the human brain had a great deal to do with the food choices of our ancestors.
From meat-based diets to carbohydrates, the eating patterns of early humans has defined much of what we consume today.
We need to stop fussing over macronutrients and think about foods.
By focusing on micro- or macronutrients, most nutrition research fails to recognise the most important truth about food: diet is more than the intake of nutrients.
A human machine.
Intake of carbohydrate before, during and in-between Tour stages is the best known way to power cyclists' 'engines'.
Studies based on Mediterranean diet, combined with exercise, have proved groundbreaking in managing type 2 diabetes.
For decades, a low fat and sugar free diet were key to controlling type 2 diabetes. Now, new data shows a diet high in protein and healthy fats has better outcomes for the disease.
There’s support for a causal role of carbohydrate-rich diets in the obesity epidemic but such diets also tend to be rich in calories.
An article published recently in the BMJ argues that we have been pursuing the wrong hypothesis on the causes of obesity. Along with substandard science, this wrongheadedness has apparently exacerbated…