Combined with physical activity, optimum nutrition can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of developing a wide range of chronic diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and cancer).

A complete diet will provide all the nutrients required for the correct functioning of our body’s. Nutrients consist of the main food groups we are familiar with, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. In broad terms they are required for growth and energy, whereas vitamins and minerals are used for more specific functions for example vitamin A is required for good eye sight and calcium is needed for healthy teeth and bones.

Despite the fact that nutrition in combination with physical exercise is one of the essential building blocks of a healthy body well into your old age, medical students today receive less than 24 hours of nutrition training on average. It’s no wonder that dietary and nutritional guidelines continue to miss the mark when it comes to advising the public on their nutrition.

Consider these common scenarios that many of us will encounter: Is saturated fat your enemy? Should I eat low-fat or full-fat? What about artificial sweeteners, are they an ideal weight loss aid?

These questions exemplify the great deal of confusion around understanding which food groups are detrimental to your health and which groups we need to boost our consumption of. For instance, we’re continually told by the mainstream to avoid saturated fat and yet more and more research is beginning to show that saturated fat is an essential component of a healthy and balanced diet.

The Daily Health aims to add some common sense to all the confusion, so delve into the extensive Nutrition archive to learn more about how you can start a new, healthy lifestyle to keep ill-health at bay.

Latest Articles in Nutrition

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Don’t be misled into eating less fruit

When it comes to eating fruit, some people are a bit confused and as a result don't cash in on the abundant health benefits different fruits have to offer. Why? I think the confu...

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Harness cinnamon to help burn those extra pounds

If, like me, you've over-indulged during the festive season on one-too-many mince pies and party canapés, then the solution to shedding those extra pounds you've gained may be sit...

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Doctors know little about the benefits of nutrition

There is a shocking lack of knowledge among doctors when it comes to nutrition, due to woefully inadequate medical school training on this important topic… and patients are being...

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Eating vegetables can help reduce stress

I’m the first one to admit that when I feel frazzled or when stress is getting the better of me, I go for the “bad” stuff – sugar in the form of chocolate. I know it’s n...

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Would you feed a dying cancer patient this toxic soup?

Picture this: You are a terminally ill cancer patient. During the last days of your life, you begin to have problems with digesting food and as a result care workers send you ‘he...

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Improve Your Brain Function In Just 12 Weeks

My brother-in-law believes that a natural approach to health – as a first line of defence – is nonsense... give him a pharmaceutical drug to ease any ills and he's happy. Me? W...

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Is The Secret To Living Longer Down To Your Diet?

You must've seen those news articles talking about an old lady who lived well past the age of 100... never sick a day in her life... passing away peacefully in her sleep. Wouldn't...

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Curcumin Helps To Curb Some Mood Disorders

There's absolutely no reason why curcumin – the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its bright yellow-orange colour – shouldn't be called a super-antioxidant. In the pa...

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How Research Has Skewed The Data On Fizzy Drinks

Previously, I told you about Big Sugar trying to convince the public that sugar is not as bad for your health as what years of scientific research has proven time and again. Despi...

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Don’t Be Misled By Big Sugar’s Bogus Claims

I think we always knew deep down that sugar was not good for our health. Fortunately, in recent years there's been a massive shift in how people view sugar and nowadays many people...

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