General Nutrition

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The difference between Carbohydrates, fats and protein

Carbohydrates, fats and protein are the 3 macronutrients our body requires to function. For instance, all three provide energy to our body so we can perform our daily activities, exercise, and even think. There are some differences between the three: Sources The amount of energy they provide The way they are digested The way they …

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What does ‘calories-in vs calories-out’ actually mean?

If you have been researching into ‘how to lose weight’ or ‘how many calories do I need to eat’, surely you’d have come across the saying ‘calories-in vs calories-out’. But what does it actually mean? What are calories? Calories are normally referred to as calories (cal) to make it simple for people to understand but …

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The effects of a low-fat diet on testosterone

Testosterone is most commonly associated with sex drive in men but it can also affect mental health, bone health, muscle mass, fat storage and red blood cell production. The production of testosterone begins during puberty and after the age of 30, the production begins to slow down. Women’s ovaries also produce testosterone but in very low …

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Can energy drinks improve our endurance performance?

Energy drinks are well known for boosting energy and alertness. But do energy drinks improve our endurance performance? A traditional energy drink is created from sugars, typically sucrose and glucose, caffeine and taurine. Other ingredients may include glucuronolactone, inositol, and B vitamins. (Britishsoftdrinksassociation, 2016). All these ingredients act as stimulants. Therefore, any drink that contains …

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High carb-low fat diets vs High Fat-low carb diets

Which diet is better- High carb-low fat diets vs High Fat-low carb diet? Obesity is a widely misunderstood subject with a lot of confusion and controversy. But the truth is, the solution is ‘calories-in vs calories-out’. Is it really that simple? In summary, yes, yes, it is. But can our body play tricks on us? …

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Health benefits of pomegranate (evidence based)

What is pomegranate and it’s health benefits? Pomegranate is a red and round, apple-looking, nature’s power fruit that originates from India. It currently grows over the whole of the Mediterranean region including south East Asia, the East Indies and tropical Africa. For centuries, pomegranate fruit, seeds and the pomegranate tree have all been used to make …

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Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil (evidence based) benefits

What are pumpkin seeds and where do they come from? Pumpkin seeds are edible seeds of a pumpkin, they are asymmetrically oval with an outer layer husk and light green once the husk has been removed. Pumpkin and their nutritious seeds come from North America, South America and Central America. They are known in North …

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Effects of alcohol on weight loss & muscle recovery

What is alcohol? Alcohol is a compound made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, produced from yeast ferment sugars. The amount of alcoholic content in a drink is determined by the amount of yeast and length of fermentation. Department of health advises that safe drinking levels for both men and women are 14 units per week. …

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