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7+ Fruit & Veg a Day? On a Low Carb Diet!?

Published on April 24, 2014,

The blog Natural Ketosis has a look at research reports of the benefits of eating seven or more servings of fruit and veg per day (up from the standard recommendation of five per day) and asks how this can be done if you are following a low card diet. The bottom line: focus on vegetables that grow above the ground. Click on the blue link below to read the full article…

7+ FRUIT AND VEG A DAY? ON A LOW CARB DIET!?Earlier this month a paper was published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reporting favourable improvements in markers of CVD and decreased total cause of mortality with increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. We covered the article in a blog earlier this month here and assessed the strength of the research behind the original ’5-a-day’ message. The paper demonstrated that an increasing fruit and vegetable intake was associated with decreased all cause, cancer and cardiovascular mortality with individuals consuming 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day exhibiting the lowest risk. This has led to numerous recommendations to increase our fruit and veg guidelines from 5-a-day to 7-a-day.

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Tim Noakes launches low-carb diet website

Published on April 22, 2014,

The website IOL Lifestyle is one amongst several reporting that Professor Tim Noakes has launch a new low carb, paleo-based diet website called Original Eating ( to offer free resources to people interested in low carb/high fat diets including those with insulin resistance and other conditions including diabetes and obesity. Click on the blue link below to read the full article…

Noakes launches free diet websiteRelated Stories Cape Town – He has faced a barrage of criticism from his peers following his U-turn from “carbo-loading for athletes” theory to a high fat, low-carbohydrate diet, but Professor Tim Noakes is unrepentant. A few months after he launched his cookbook, The Real Meal Revolution, the sports scientist from UCT this week launched a website that not only provides tailor-made diets, but also offers free dietary and medical advice for those affected by metabolic syndrome. Noakes said the website,, would benefit those with insulin resistance, otherwise known as carbohydrate intolerance, and other lifestyle conditions including diabetes and obesity. The site has details of Noakes’ Original Eating movement that promotes Banting – a low carb/high fat diet.

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Sugar is killing us, and it doesn’t take much

Published on March 4, 2014,

Following news that the World Health Organization may cut recommended sugar intake to five teaspoons, when Americans currently eat three times that, news and politics website Salon has an in-depth analyses into the latest thinking on the problems with sugar including contributions from Nicolette Hahn Niman, authot of ‘The Righteous Porkchop’ and now writing about sugar…

Sugar is killing us, and it doesn’t take muchNicolette Hahn Niman, author of Righteous Porkchop, just coined a new catchphrase that ought to go viral: “Sugar is NOT just an empty calorie.” Her statement contradicts the notion we’ve had for years that the worst thing about sugar is its lack of nutrients. Either you’re eating sugar in addition to all of the calories you need to stay healthy, or you’re eating it instead of them. In the former case, you’re getting too many calories; in the latter, you’re getting too few nutrients. This idea is so dominant it was recently cited in an anti-sugar op-ed in the Guardian. Even if that was the case, we’re eating too much sugar. Or, more specifically, too much added sugar.

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