Are baked potatoes healthy?

Also known as jacket potatoes, baked potatoes are affordable, easy & quick to prepare,  and taste delicious. Despite this, many people tend to avoid eating them (and potatoes in general) because they are considered to be unhealthy. But how true is this? Nutritional information The table below provides nutritional information for one medium sized (173…

Is rice fattening or good for weight loss?

Rice is a staple food in many countries, being eaten multiple times a week. Similar to oatmeal and quinoa it is a grain, and comes in different sizes and colours, with white and brown varieties being the most popular. White rice is consumed more often, however brown rice is recognized as being healthier. In this article, we…

How many protein shakes a day should you drink?

Like most things in nutrition, the number of protein shakes that a person should drink will depend on their body composition. This is because protein requirements can vary greatly from person to person. It is well known that if you are trying to build muscle, you should increase your protein intake. A general rule of thumb…

Good carbs and bad carbs – what’s the difference?

Carbs or carbohydrates are a macronutrient, the other two being protein and fat (learn more here). Carbohydrates are used by our bodies as an energy source. After food which contains carbohydrate is eaten, it is broken down into glucose, fructose and galactose, all of which are small units of sugar. These sugars are then absorbed by the…

Healthy foods to have for breakfast

Breakfast – “the most important meal of the day”. When I was in high school and university, the above phrase did not mean much to me. I usually skipped breakfast and if I did have it, it would usually be something like tea with biscuits or a bar of chocolate. But as I got older…

Nutribullet review

The Nutribullet, a kitchen appliance with the ability to extract nutrients from food, has hit the public by storm. With reports that celebrities such as Kate Middleton utilise the device, the Nutribullet has become a must have kitchen appliance. Inventors of the appliance claim that regular use of the Nutribullet can have numerous health benefits such as…

The health benefits of goji berries

Goji berries are bright red fruits which originated in China. They can also be referred to as a wolfberry, and are extremely delicate with a sweet taste. In western societies, the berries are often eaten as a dried fruit or as part of a fruit-juice mix. They are thought to have many benefits to the…

Is white chocolate good or bad for you?

There are three main types of chocolate – dark, milk & white – and all three are made from the beans of the cacao tree. I personally prefer the slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate over the other two, and hardly ever eat white chocolate. However a friend a mine simply adores white chocolate and cannot…

Does tea have as much caffeine as coffee?

Caffeine is a stimulant that is found in coffee, tea and chocolate. It is what gives you that alert feeling after having your first cup of brew in the morning. The amount of caffeine in different foods and drinks varies significantly. So does coffee or tea have more caffeine? Tea vs coffee caffeine content Before being…

Are potato chips bad for you?

There is no denying that potato chips (or potato crisps, as they are known in the UK and other countries) are super delicious and go well with just about anything. Children love them as a school time snack and adults munch on them at sporting events and at the movies. Potato chips are very easy…

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