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Natural Nutrition

See how food nourishes the body and soul. We round up fresh, organic foods and seasonal favorites. Get the nutritional lowdown, recipes, and practical cooking advice. Discover our Juicing Column and Chef’s Corner.

Chocolate – for the love of it

By |August 29th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: |

Some people think chocolate is in its own separate food group. I personally think, as do many others, that it is an ‘essential’ superfood and that life would just not be the same without it. Chocolate, derived from cocoa beans, has a long and interesting history. The word cacao has changed over the years to cocoa, and was taken originally from the Mayan and Aztec languages.

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Grow your Own

By |August 6th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , |

Mankind is a relative newcomer on this earth, yet in a short period of time has achieved remarkable things. As a result of our successes, however, we have lost touch with many simple pleasures – such as working with Mother Nature to provide food from our gardens. Natalie Becker aims to empower you to feed yourself from your own backyard!

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A Balanced Diet

By |June 19th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , , |

Nutrient density means how many nutrients you get from a food, given the number of calories it contains. Nutrient-dense foods give you the most nutrients for the fewest number of calories. No principle is more likely to support healthy eating than that of nutrient density, because it gives you concentrated amounts of valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, to name just a few.

Time for a Pantry Clean-Out

By |June 1st, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: |

Every now and then we need to get rid of everything in the kitchen that could wreak havoc with our health. Restock with nutritious foods, beverages and snacks. If you don’t have forbidden products in your kitchen, you won’t be tempted to eat them in moments of weakness.

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Get your FATS Straight

By |May 8th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , , |

People are often confused about exactly what an EFA is, what it does, and why it is (or they are) important in the human diet. Then, just to add to the puzzle, there’s the often contentious debate about which fatty acids are actually ‘essential’. Sandi Nye takes a look at these fascinating molecules.

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Which Milk?

By |April 26th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , , , |

A recent conversation threw an interesting light on a preconceived idea. A colleague and I were chatting about cow’s milk as part of a human diet, and I expressed the opinion that this milk was meant for cows, not for people. My stance echoed what I had read and learned about milk from both scientific literature and so-called conventional wisdom on milk in the modern diet.

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Paleo vs Plant – a comprehensive response to an ongoing debate

By |February 20th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , |

Genetic adaptation occurs over many generations, whereas we only have a single lifetime to get it right. Rather than trying to adjust our genes to a diet that might be inherently wrong for us, why not adapt our diet to our own genetics? The end question when considering the article Paleo vs Plant is whether you should be restricting wholegrains, starchy veg and fruit (as Noakes believes) or if you should be restricting animal proteins (as Shearer believes).

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Optimal Nutrition for Hair, Nails and Skin

By |February 8th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , , , |

Healthy hair, skin and nails are an outward sign of health and vitality, and their poor condition may reflect many biochemical imbalances in the body. Hair and nails indicate the health of the body 2 to 6 months previously. This means that much of what is going on inside you will quickly be reflected in this organ system, collectively known as the integumentary system.

Is Gluten Really the Cause?

By |January 11th, 2022|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , |

Symptoms of wheat or gluten intolerance overlap with just about every other chronic illness from A to Z. Food allergies are immediately obvious when expressed as rashes, respiratory problems, excessive mucus or headaches. But gluten intolerance lurks in the background with a more delayed, if not subtle action, causing anaemia, asthma, attention deficit disorder, cancer, autoimmune diseases and even miscarriages.

Why Do We Over-eat?

By |November 24th, 2021|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , |

Our sedentary, food-abundant circumstances may be a by-product of our ‘success’ as a society, and our nutrient, emotional and spiritual deficiencies a result of our hectic lifestyles – but they clearly create imbalances, gaps and voids in our lives, often leading to overeating and obesity.

Back to our Tomato Roots

By |November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , , , |

Executive chef Christiaan Campbell and horticulturist Megan McCarthy talk about how best to grow and enjoy tomatoes. Overdose on tomatoes when they are in season, so that at the end of the season you don’t want to see another tomato. And then you can’t wait until mid-summer until the tomatoes are ripe. I don’t necessarily agree with importing our food out of season.

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Pomegranate – The tree of Life

By |October 4th, 2021|Categories: Natural Nutrition|Tags: , |

The pomegranate is said to be the Tree of Life, and there is speculation as to whether it was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden! Its Latin name literally means ‘seeded apple’. It is a symbol of hope, one of the ‘three blessed fruits’ in Buddhism, and a symbol of resurrection in Christianity.

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