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A More Eco-Friendly Family Diet

This article was written for Cafe Flava The health of our environment needs help from us! We should all be making an effort to use less plastic and packaging while reducing food waste in general. The food we eat is responsible for a great deal of the waste we produce. If each family adopted some

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The Great Butter vs Margarine Debate!

This article was written for Cafe Flava There is much controversy surrounding these two spreads that look similar and essentially serve the same purpose but it is well worth knowing the difference, and more importantly, the facts that will hopefully put this debate to rest. Firstly, the reason for the creation of margarine in the

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A Closer Look at the Tip of the Food Pyramid

This article was written for Cafe Flava It may be interesting to some that the South African Health Department and South African dietitians do not in fact use the Food Pyramid as a nutrition education tool. We have our very own nationalized Food Based Dietary Guidelines. In spite of this, the Food Pyramid is familiar

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Vegetarian Teens

This article was written for Cafe Flava While religious fasting with the abstinence of meat is not a new thing, it is becoming popular for teens to experiment with vegetarianism or veganism. Any teen following a diet without a daily intake of meat, chicken or fish, requires parental support in the nutrition department. Whether abstaining

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Eating The Mediterranean Way

This article was written for Cafe Flava Striving for a traditional Mediterranean diet is a great way to achieve optimal health because of its nutrient dense, socially feasible and fairly economical dietary recommendations. There are many studies to prove the effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet in reducing risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and

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September Sugar Watch

September Sugar Watch is my challenge to you to identify all the sources of added sugar in your diet. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a sugar intake of no more than 5% total energy intake. This guideline applies to sugar we might add to cereals, teas, coffees and desserts as well as sugar added

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Dietitians Do PREVENTION | Dietitians Week 2018

Dietitians Do Prevention is this year’s theme for Dietitian’s Week and it really highlights the role that dietitians play in the prevention and management of nutrition-related diseases. Prevention and optimum management of disease reduces the pressure on the public healthcare system, medical aid societies and the work force in general. Dietitians thrive on prevention and

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Sugar Tax ! Be in the know …

  With the beginning of April and the increase of VAT, also comes sugar tax but with time going far to quickly and the cost of living going up, I for one am very hopeful that the sugar tax will lead to a reduction in obesity and diabetes in South Africa. The first important thing

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Spending Christmas with Diabetes {10 rules to success}

Spending Christmas with diabetes might leave you dreading the festive season but there some tricks to both surviving and enjoying the holidays while managing your diabetes. These tips should make juggling special events with blood sugar control somewhat easier. 10 rules to success for spending Christmas with diabetes       1. Do not be

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Women and Diabetes

“Women and Diabetes” is the theme for World Diabetes Day this year and it is highly appropriate because women are taking the lead when it comes to the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Given that various lifestyle factors contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the prevention of diabetes must be taken seriously

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