Nutrition News

Vinegar & Your Health

Vinegars traditionally are fermented products and have been used for food flavouring and as a preservative. There are a variety of different vinegar products found in many cultures around the world with the earliest known vinegar dating back to more than 10, 000 years. Recently, science has started to study these fermented products and initial indications are that traditionally fermented vinegars such as apple cider vinegar may hold various potential health benefits.

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Zinc for Everyday Health

Zinc is a biological essential mineral for humans. Over 300 enzymes in the body require zinc to function normally. Zinc is found in a variety of food sources such as oysters, pumpkin seeds, beef and egg yolks. Zinc is absorbed in the small intestines however, absorption can be greatly disrupted due to a person’s diet, illness and various inhibitors such as phytic acid found in food sources such as grains and legumes.

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Do You Have A Gut Feeling?

The human gut is home to a complex world of micro-organisms, especially bacteria. It is estimated we are carrying up to 2 kg of bacteria in our gut. There is still a lot we don’t know about how the gut bacteria can influence disease pathologies, however each day researchers take increasingly bigger steps in advancing our understanding about the links with gut bacteria and our health.

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Have You Heard About Choline?

Choline is a water-soluble nutrient compound. It is an essential nutrient which means that our bodies need it to function normally and to achieve optimum health. Interestingly, our livers can in fact make small amounts of choline. However, in most cases this is not enough to provide what our body needs, and the short fall must be made up by consuming adequate amounts of choline through our diets.

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Maybe Baby?

The importance of good nutrition for parents at all stages of pregnancy including planning, pregnancy, post pregnancy and breast feeding cannot be over emphasised enough. The nutritional status of parents can have a significant impact not only on the parent’s health but also on the development of the baby.

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Common Food Additives to Avoid

There are many chemicals added to our food, especially processed packaged food. These chemicals are designed to help enhance flavour, give food colour and prolong the shelf life. However, many of these food chemicals often exacerbate health issues such as allergies, mood and gut problems.

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Feeding the Immune System

A well functioning immune system is key to help fight the onslaught of winter time lurgies and what we eat can play an important role in keeping our immune system functioning optimally. Not consuming the right types of food and nutrition can decrease our immune system defences, making us more susceptible to infections …

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Protein

Protein is a macronutrient due to it being a large and complex molecule, consisting of many smaller molecules known as amino acids.  In total, there are 21 different amino acids that are biologically necessary for humans with 9 of these amino acids only …

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