Beyond Banting

After a couple of years of nutritional whirlwind in South Africa, I think the dust is finally starting to settle on the whole Banting thing. Even though I experience a gag reflex every time I hear the word ‘Banting’ and I want to add the word ‘bollocks’ to make up a more meaning phrase, I humbly accept that when certain people trade in their wheat and sugar filled cakes for those made from coconut or almond flour, that there has been a large increase in nutritional awareness in this country.

Ian Craig
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Cherished chia

The chia seed was originally grown in Mexico and it is highly valued for its medicinal properties and nutritional value. The Aztec warriors consumed chia to give them increased energy and endurance: to them, it was considered more valuable than gold. In the Mayan language, chia means strength. It was known as ‘runners food’ because running messengers and warriors would carry a small sack of chia seeds with them and use them as fuel while running long distances or during battles - this was depicted in the popular book Born to Run.

Rachel Jesson
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Insulin Control

This is a follow-up to my blog on blood sugar regulation, but more specifically to do with insulin control. Diabetes is a rapidly rising trend in all Western societies and even Eastern countries that have traditionally had very low rates of the disease. Unfortunately countries like India, due to Western dietary influences, are also slowly succumbing to insulin disorders. 

Ian Craig
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What’s for breakfast?

When it comes to that all important meal at the start of the day, we’re all for convenience, but is there a healthy cereal that we can purchase conveniently at our supermarkets?

Rachel Jesson
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Autoimmunity

I’ve just come home after being part of the autoimmunity episode of the Real Health show on the Home Channel (channel 176 in S Africa) and I thought I would share some of the discussions with you.

Ian Craig
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