Are grapes fattening or good for weight loss?

Grapes are my second favourite type of fruit, falling short of only mangoes. Their naturally occurring sugar helps satisfy my sweet tooth in a much healthier manner than gulping down a bar of chocolate would. I usually eat them on their own or use them in smoothies such as this one. Grapes are by no…

Is sushi fattening or good for weight loss?

If like myself you are a fan of Asian cuisine, you will undoubtedly have indulged in Japanese cuisine and in particular, tried sushi. It is my second favourite type of food, falling slightly short of the Thai green curry. For those of you who don’t know, sushi is simply vinegared rice (aka rice prepared with…

The health benefits of cantaloupes

The cantaloupe is a type of melon which is thought to originate in either Africa or Asia. It is recognisable by its scaly green skin and juicy orange flesh. They are great as a snack or the starter of a three course meal. They can also be used in fruit salads, and as the base…

Are avocados good or bad for weight loss?

The avocado, believe it or not, is a fruit and not a vegetable. More specifically, it is a berry with a single seed and is native to Mexico (which is probably why guacamole is so popular there). Avocados bring with them a whole host of health benefits, one of them being the ability to help…

The health benefits of grapes

Grapes have been around for thousands of years and are thought to have originated in what is known as the ‘Near East’. This is an area which generally encompasses western Asia. Throughout history, grapes have most commonly been used in wine production, as their skins contain natural yeast which makes alcohol when it is fermented….

Is watermelon fattening or good for weight loss?

I have to admit that watermelon is one of my favourite fruits, largely due to its extremely sweet and refreshing taste. I particularly enjoy drinking watermelon smoothies, either on their own or with other ingredients added. Watermelons have a lot of health benefits such as helping to lower blood pressure, soothing sore muscles, fighting off…

Health benefits of apricots

Apricots originated in Asia over 4000 years ago, and have travelled across the world to become a popular fruit. They thrive best in warm climates so many countries enjoy these delicious fruits as imports from hotter countries. They are relatives of plums, nectarines and peaches, and are enjoyed in a variety of different ways, from being…

The health benefits of eating vegetables

Vegetables range from the humble carrot to the butternut squash, to broccoli and kale. They can be roasted, baked, mashed or simply eaten raw, and in any capacity pack a variety of important benefits for your health and well-being. 1. Reduce the risk of cancer This can be arguably the greatest possible health benefit of…

Is hummus good for you?

Hummus has been growing steadily in popularity in the West over the past decade or two, with millions of people now including it in their diet. Some simply like the taste whilst others enjoy it because of the huge array of health benefits that are supposed to come with eating hummus. It also makes a…

Are apples good for weight loss?

It could be argued that apples are one of the most popular fruit products in the western world. They are easy to grow, even in colder climates, simple to eat, and small enough to carry around on the go. They are filling and flavoursome, not to mention filled with nutrients to promote good health. Although…

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