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Does a healthy diet have to come at a hefty price?

Posted by Josh Newport

11-Jan-2017 11:07:22

This post was originally published on The Conversation.

Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market. After grabbing a box of your favorite pasta off the shelf, you notice a new organic version of the spaghetti sauce you usually buy. Strikingly, you notice that the price is at almost a 50 percent premium compared to what your usual sauce costs.

Here we go again, you think: You have to empty your wallet to buy the “healthy” stuff.

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Topics: nutrition, superfoods, nutrients, vegetables, retail and marketing, food research, health

12 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

Posted by Dave Howard

15-Mar-2012 10:55:00

First, a brief refresher… Cholesterol is a type of fat. It’s found in all the cells in the body and forms part of their outer layer. Cholesterol is also an essential part of many important hormones including oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

There are two main types of cholesterol:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol; also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis – a process in which fatty deposits build-up on the walls of the arteries. This can reduce or block the blood flow in the arteries, leading to heart disease and stroke.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol; also known as ‘good’ cholesterol. It carries excess cholesterol out of the blood to the liver, where it’s processed and removed from the body.
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Topics: antioxidants, nutrition, healthy eating, cholesterol, superfoods, fruit, soy, cardiovascular health, nuts, legumes, functional foods

Ancient Grains

Posted by Naomi McGrath

02-Nov-2011 15:13:00

Cereals such as wheat, rice and corn are an important part of the human diet worldwide. They are the most widely grown of all crops and are consumed frequently, either on their own or in products such as breakfast cereals, bread and pasta.

Yet more and more people are beginning to turn to alternative cereals, such as millet, sorghum and ancient wheat varieties, and pseudocereals, such as quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat, to supplement their diet. The increased interest in these products, commonly referred to as "ancient grains", is thought to be related to increasing consumer demand for healthier products and a growing awareness of the beneficial properties of whole grains.

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Topics: rice, cereals, healthy eating, coeliac, gluten free, intolerances, superfoods, grains, nutrients, functional foods

Spicing Things Up

Posted by Catherine Morgan

02-Nov-2011 13:11:00

Herbs and spices are used all over the world to add flavour, colour, fragrance and a little bit of "zing" to our foods. Without them, our meals might be bland and our palates disheartened. But the story doesn't end there.

Research suggests that as well as being able to boost flavour, several herbs and spices may even offer some benefits to our health, thus giving us more reason to sing the praises of these culinary delights.

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Topics: cancer, antioxidants, healthy eating, herbs, spices, cholesterol, diabetes, superfoods, cardiovascular health, functional foods

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