10 vegetables high in vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most well-known nutrients. It is a powerful antioxidant that is needed in the body for a wide range of functions; these include wound healing, iron absorption, tissue repair, protecting heart health and scurvy prevention. It is often thought that citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are the only potent…

2000 calorie diet plan

The average adult needs to consume 2000 – 2500 calories to maintain their weight. The number of calories that you as an individual should aim to consume will depend on your gender, age, weight, height, activity levels and overall goals. In its simplest form, weight management can be summarized by a short equation: calories in –…

Are pumpkin seeds fattening or good for weight loss?

Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious, being a source of iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, fiber and protein. These nutrients bring with them a host of benefits and are needed for optimal health. Studies have linked pumpkin seed consumption with a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, lower blood sugar levels and improved sleep quality. That…

What is the average calorie intake for women?

The average woman needs to consume roughly 2000 calories in order to maintain her weight. However, this number is just a guideline and individual calorie requirements will vary. The following factors determine calorie intake for women: Her body size – the larger a persons body size, the more energy they require. A short light-weight woman will need fewer calories than…

Cashews vs almonds – which nut is healthier?

Despite both being a type of nut, almonds and cashews have a very different appearance, as can be seen from the image above. Almonds have a rough brown outer shell and a smooth white interior, whereas cashews have a smooth cream coloured texture throughout. Cashews and almonds also have very distinct flavours when compared to…

Is hot sauce good or bad for you?

Some people absolutely love hot sauce and pour it on almost everything that they eat, whereas others simply can’t tolerate the heat. I tend to eat hot sauce occasionally, but will definitely be increasing my intake, especially because of some of the health benefits it brings. With there being hundreds of companies that manufacture hot sauce,…

How many calories do you burn a day?

The average adult burns approximately 2000 calories per day. However a more accurate figure can be calculated by taking into account an individuals age, gender, height, weight and activity levels. Let’s see how these factors determine calorie expenditure. Age – generally speaking, the older you are, the fewer calories you burn. This is because as you…

How to ‘turn’ fat into muscle

Fat and muscle are very different from one another which is why we use the term ‘turn’ very loosely – it is not possible to take fat and directly convert it into muscle. Fat is stored in your body when you consume more calories than you burn. For example if your daily recommended intake is 2000…

The best teas to drink in the morning

After water, tea is the second most consumed beverage globally and is grown worldwide due to the large demand it has. You may not know it, but all teas (except herbal ones) are prepared from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The way in which the leaves are processed determines the taste and colour of the tea….

Is eating fast bad for you?

As far back as I can remember, I have always been an extremely fast eater. Family and friends have often commented on how quickly I gulp my food down and have often asked whether I actually chew it. Recently, I have been making it a point to try and slow down, take smaller bites and chew…