Health

The health benefits of prebiotics in dairy products

Prebiotics

Changes in lifestyle and eating habits have led to considerable multiplication of health problems and chronic diseases. There is a growing global concern on nutrition and personal health, functional foods gaining public acceptance. A food that contains biologically active compounds or components which are beneficially affects one or more target functions such as reduction of…

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Why eat more fish and seafood?

Why eat more fish

Seafood is any form of sea life regarded as food by humans. Seafood prominently includes fish (finfish) and shellfish. Shellfish include various species of molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms. Edible sea plants, such as some seaweed and microalgae, are widely eaten as seafood around the world, especially in Asia. Most of the seafood harvest today is…

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More vegetables, less meat for all our sakes

More vegetables

Researchers are clear: the healthy diet for a healthy planet is more vegetables, less meat. What matters is the food that’s served, and the way it’s produced too. An international panel of health scientists and climate researchers has prescribed a new diet for the planet: more vegetables, less meat, fresh fruit, wholegrains and pulses, give…

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Spider bites in southern Africa

Not a spider bite

The subject of spider bites in southern Africa is a rabbit warren of hoax emails, misinformation, misconceptions and ignorance. It’s almost impossible to identify a lesion or wound as being caused by a spider bite, and at the same time, it’s as equally impossible to say that a spider was not involved. Common sense says…

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World lacks enough plants for healthy diet

Fruit and vegetables

Guidelines for a healthy diet emphasise fresh fruit and vegetables. Right now, there may not be enough in the gardens to nourish a cooler, healthier world. Canadian scientists have confirmed once again that a healthy diet is the best way to help contain global warming and feed 9.8 billion people by 2050. And that involves,…

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SU launches SA’s first centre for food safety

Food safety

Efforts to support food safety in South Africa received a significant boost when Stellenbosch University (SU), in conjunction with Tiger Brands, launched the on-campus Centre for Food Safety (CFS) recently. This new centre, the first of its kind in the country, will be a unique applied food science research consortium comprised of scientists working at…

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