Nutrition

Nourish your body by eating right! Keep reading to find all the information you need on healthy eating, food, nutrition, as well as tips from leading nutrition experts. Plus, look out for our delicious, healthy recipes!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Healthy holiday food hacks on the road, at home and when dining out

The holidays are almost here, and if you don’t want to wake up in the New Year feeling woefully overindulgent, here are some healthy food hacks to help you enjoy good food without the guilt!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Get a handle on your blood sugar levels with a healthy eating plan

If you're diabetic or prediabetic, eating right can go a long way towards staying healthy and keeping your energy constant throughout the day. Here are some pointers on what, when and how much to eat that'll help put a leash on fluctuating blood sugar levels.

 
 
 
 
 
 

5 reasons we buy what we do (and get fatter for it)

An obesogenic environment is one which is not conducive to weight loss, but rather one that promotes weight gain. The bad news is: we live in one. The good news is: we can fight it!

 
 
 
 
 
 

How food marketers target your kids (and how to counter it)

Coffee, cow's milk, fatty foods, wine – good or bad for you? Over the years, nutrition recommendations about what's healthy and what's not have swung from one extreme to another, leaving us hungry and confused!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Do you live in SA's healthiest city?

If you reside in Port Elizabeth, alas the answer this year is no! Here's the lowdown on the 2017 Discovery Vitality ObeCity Index, which presents the latest insights on weight status and food purchasing behaviour across the country.

 
 
 
 
 
 

A peek into South African pantries

Coffee, cow's milk, fatty foods, wine – good or bad for you? Over the years, nutrition recommendations about what's healthy and what's not have swung from one extreme to another, leaving us hungry and confused!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Is city living making us sick?

Traffic jams and air pollution aren't the only banes of an urban lifestyle. Other dangers lurk in our kitchen cupboard...

 
 
 
 
 
 

How to spot harmful sugars

Many seemingly innocuous foods contain high amounts of sugar, the overconsumption of which can lead to obesity. Be a 'grocery-shelf Sherlock' by learning to spot harmful sugars lurking in your grocery list.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Seven ways for kids to party without the sugar

Do your kids come back from children's parties having indulged and overdone the sugary foods and drinks? Here are some simple ways to help reduce sugar intake while party-planning, without ruining all the fun!

 
 
 
 
 
 

You may have high blood pressure. Here’s how eating healthy can help

A recent survey has found that almost half of South African adults suffer from high blood pressure. Here’s the lowdown on what it’s about and how a healthy diet can help combat hypertension.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Take a chance on an unusual veggie this Heritage Day!

There are many lesser-known veggies that are often overlooked, but are just as good for you as those cool cucumbers and showy carrots! Here are some, and ideas on how to use them.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Twist the traditional - put a spin on your plate this Heritage Day

On Heritage Day, proud South Africans across the land take the time to reflect on our different cultures. And what better way to celebrate our unity in diversity than through food, glorious food!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Picking pickled peppers and Peter Goffe-Wood’s brain

As an acclaimed restaurateur, author, food critic, TV and stage personality, not to mention a celebrity judge for MasterChef SA and the Diners Club 50 Best Restaurants in the World, it's clear that a chef's toque blanche is just one of the many hats that Peter Goffe-Wood wears.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring-clean your eating habits this September

One way to practice sustainable eating is to plan and eat meals according to the season. Doing so saves money, energy and lets you enjoy foods at the peak of their flavour. Here are 10 tips to get you eating more sustainably, plus a reminder of seasonal fruit and veg to buy this Spring.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Diets are changing. 5 ways to take back healthy habits

As a nation, we're experiencing an alarming rise in obesity and diet-related diseases. Something has changed about the way we interact with our food. Here’s how to get ourselves (and our kids) back on track.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Think twice about those well-travelled avos

The increasing focus on the sustainability of our diets encourages us to not only consider the impact of what we eat on our health and waistlines, but also on the environment. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 11 June 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 

Avoid temptation when eating out

Ever scan a menu and visualise all your good intentions of sticking to a healthy diet fly out the window? We’ve come up with seven handy ways to stay on track when temptation abounds.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Roast, poach or sauté?

If that’s the question, this article’s for you! Matching cooking methods to the climate helps to get the most out of seasonal produce. Vitality dietitian, Terry Harris, shares the best ways to prep hearty meals in cold months.

 
 
 
 
 

Young diet lessons from an expert

What do nutrition experts feed their own families? We chat to Candice Smith, Discovery Vitality's Head of Nutrition Strategy and mother of three, about what her family eats – and get her to share her personal favourite stew recipe!

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