Shaking it up- Are meal replacement shakes a healthy option for us?

meal replacement

Meal replacement shakes come at a high price and promise great results so are they worth the price we pay? In today’s article we’ll delve into the ingredients added to meal replacement shakes that may be doing your body more harm than good. Meal replacement shakes are usually processed products that people drink in place of eating one of their main meals. Dieters, the elderly, busy people on the go with little time to cook or those with digestive complaints are most likely to use meal replacement shakes. In the…

Bread, Gluten and some healthy bread options

Bread Gluten

Gluten in Grains Gluten comes from the Latin word for ‘glue’ which gives dough the elastic property that holds gas when it rises.  Bubbles of carbon dioxide are released from fermenting yeast, which become trapped by the visco-elastic protein, ensuring a light honeycombed texture for the dough. The elastic nature of gluten also holds particles of the dough together, preventing crumbling during rolling and shaping. Hence, gluten plays a vital role in the production of leavened baked goods. Gluten is the name given to the protein found in some, but…

Healthy gut – the key to a healthy life?

Healthy gut

In a healthy digestive system there is a good balance between beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria. In fact there are more than 100 trillion bacteria living in your gut. In most people who are well and eat a varied and healthy diet the body takes care of itself and keeps the beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria in balance. The benefits of good bacteria in our digestive system: Assist with digestion and nutrient absorption Reduce chance of infections from pathogens Boost our immune system Reduce the symptoms of IBS Help keep…

Dietary Supplements and Ergogenic Aids

A minefield for athletes Sports supplementation is an ever growing industry and as athletes we are enticed by very clever marketing strategies and testimonials.  Internationally athletes using sports supplementation is estimated to be as high as 89% with the majority of consumers being elite athletes and older athletes. Unfortunately the manufacturing and marketing of supplements is not regulated leaving athletes vulnerable to false advertising and misleading claims. Almost every athlete wants the extra edge to improve performance and are motivated to use supplementation to enhance performance and recovery, increase energy, prevent…