What are empty calories?

Empty calories are those that provide you with very little or no nutritional value. This means that the food that provides the empty calories does not have a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or fiber. As an example, consider a can of cola. It provides 136 calories, but apart from a tiny bit of phosphorus…

5 healthy substitutes for vegetable oil

Vegetable oil is a fat that is extracted from the seeds of certain plants such as corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed and soybean. There are a number of ways of extracting these oils. One is cold pressing, which involves crushing and pressing the seeds at low temperatures to obtain the oils from them. Another way of…

Is swimming good for weight loss?

There is no doubt that swimming is an excellent exercise. It is low impact, great for your lungs & heart, reduces stress, improves strength and helps you stay flexible. It also works a large number of muscles, and targets those that would otherwise be under-worked. In addition, people from all age groups can (and should)…

How many calories should you eat for breakfast?

It has long been known that breakfast is an important meal because it is a source of fuel after a lengthy period of fasting. Studies have suggested that eating breakfast can assist with weight management, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and improve memory & concentration. The number of calories that a person…

The best teas to drink for a cold

Having a cold is no fun. A runny nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing and general malaise leaves you feeling down in the dumps. The common cold also has no cure, and symptoms usually last for around a week or two. Luckily, there are a number of foods and beverages you can have that will help…

Walnuts vs pecans – which nut is better?

Walnuts and pecans are a type of nut, each with their own distinct flavour. Even though they are both brown in colour, it is easy to distinguish between the two; in the image above, pecans are shown on the left and walnuts on the right. There are a number of similarities and differences between the…

Are scrambled eggs healthy?

Besides boiling, frying and poaching, scrambling is one of the most common ways in which eggs can be prepared. It involves beating eggs in a bowl with a fork or whisk, pouring the resulting mixture into a hot pan and then stirring over low heat until the eggs are cooked. But even a recipe as…

The 32 healthiest fruits to eat

Just like vegetables, fruits are very nutritious, being a source of numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Most also have the added benefit of being a source of naturally occurring sugars, which gives them their sweet taste. Below are the 32 best healthy fruits that you can eat, listed in alphabetical order. 1. Apples Apples are…

9 high protein, low carb foods

It can be argued that protein is the most important macro-nutrient that the body requires. Protein boosts metabolism, maintains & builds muscle mass and is also highly filling. Whether you are trying to lose or gain weight, it is important to eat enough protein. There are numerous protein rich foods that you can include in…

Is shrimp fattening or good for weight loss?

Shrimp is one the most commonly consumed types of seafood in the world. It is a versatile ingredient that can be prepared in lots of different ways, and is also a good source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, selenium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. But if you are watching your weight, you may be…