The Full Fat Dairy Paradox And Debunking A Few Myths

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For many years (since the 1940’s in fact) fat has received a bad rap. It’s been linked with an increased risk of heart disease and strokes, with raising blood levels of harmful low-density lipoproteins and so on. However, modern research is increasingly finding that healthy fats, like those found in dairy products, are really not […]

Lowering blood pressure using the ‘dash diet’

With the World health organisation estimating that over 12.8% of deaths are caused by raised blood pressure it is an aspect of your health that you should never overlook. Raised blood pressure is a major risk factor in coronary heart disease and stroke related deaths. To get to grips about blood pressure here are a […]

Rooibos – An Interesting Take On Tea

Aspalathus linearis is a member of the Fabaceae family.  It’s classified as a cape gorse and is native to the winter rainfall areas of South Africa.  The species that are used to make Rooibos tea are predominantly native to the Western Cape’s mountainous Cedarberg region.  The plant typically grows either erect or as a spreading [...]

The Science In Herbal Remedies, Or Is There Any?

Advertising for them abounds. On the Internet, in health magazines, and anywhere else advertising is allowed. But do they actually work? Many will tell you they don’t, and they’re just a bunch of quackery. Others swear by them, and refuse to believe there could be any element of truth in the ‘quackery’ theories! What are [...]

Why Should We Eat Vegetables?

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We’re all told as children that we should eat our vegetables, but why exactly should we? What are the reasons – we know they’re ‘good for us’, but what exactly does that mean? In this article we’re going to look in more detail at what that means and how why vegetables should feature more prominently […]

Are Your Eating Habits Prematurely Aging You?

Did you know that what you’re eating could be causing you to age prematurely? We’re all aware of the importance of nutrition for optimal health but what we may not realise is that our diet can also play a major role in how quickly the effects of time catch up with us.   It has [...]

The Ketogenic Diet – All You Need to Know

ketogenic dietEver since the Atkins Diet shot to fame in the early 2000's, low carb diets have entered the public nutrition thinking, just like the ketogenic diet. They have been credited with dramatic weight loss, clearing up ailments, allowing some astonishing dietary choices and changing the public nutritional thinking forever. The latest low-carb diet gaining popularity [...]

There Are Ketones, And There Are Ketone Bodies

Ketone bodies sound delicious! However, despite the name, raspberry ketones are not derived from raspberries! If they were the pills would be incredibly, and prohibitively, expensive. Yes, raspberries do have ketones but in miniscule amounts. Two pounds of whole raspberries for example contains just 1 to 4 milligrams of ketones. Therefore, to get an effective [...]

Why We Should Be Eating More Walnuts

With a kernel reminiscent of a brain, and a nutritional profile that makes it a valuable addition to any diet, the walnut is one of those snacks that no household should be without. And if you’ve ever wondered why they’re so expensive, it’s because they’re often hand shelled. Further to this, if you’ve ever cracked […]

How to Avoid Winter Colds

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In the UK, winter is synonymous with picking up a cold. As soon as the dark nights creep in, the temperature drops and the outdoors becomes less appealing, many of us suffer a downturn in health, picking up nasty winter bugs that can take a few weeks to fully shake off. It doesn’t need to […]

Interesting Facts About Oranges

Botanical name – Citrus sinensis and not to be confused with Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange. Common name – sweet orange or just orange. Here are few facts about oranges unfolded; This brightly coloured citrus fruit graces fruit bowls and fruit salads around the globe; it is after all the world’s best-loved fruit. There’s even [...]

Australians May Have Vegemite But Turks Also Have Great Condiments

After discovering the popularity of Vegemite in Australia, we thought we’d take a look at some of the condiments and spreads that are popular here in Turkey! Like meat pies and tomato sauce, chicken sandwiches and mayonnaise, and hot dogs and mustard sauce, there are some things that just don’t taste the same without a [...]

The Turkish Organic Industry

A healthy diet invariably leads to healthier hair so we take a keen interest in anything that encourages people to eat healthy and live healthy. Eating organic food and using organic hair products are two available options in the Turkish organic industry. Indeed, if you’ve eaten organic apricots, figs, hazelnuts, pistachios, sultanas and some types [...]

Cooking Tips – Taking Your Food From Average to WOW!

cooking tipsNowadays there are literally hundreds of cooking programmes on the TV. There are celebrity chefs producing TV and written content by the bucket load and we've turned into a nation of foodies. A few years ago British food was laughed at around the world - now it's some of the best on the planet. The [...]

Simple Healthy Snack Ideas

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Healthy eating is made so much more difficult when there is a lack of healthy snack options, making finding something to fill in between meals that won’t contribute too many calories to your overall daily intake. Snacking can be a great way to increase vitamin and mineral intake throughout the day if you get it […]

Summer Seasonal Foods and Why They’re Good For You!

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On this blog, we’ve discussed seasonal eating before. It’s essentially the idea of eating foods when they’re ‘in season’, which is basically when they’re at the best from a nutritional profile and taste point of view. Here are the summer seasonal foods and why they’re good for you explained; We’re in summer now, so lets […]

Turkish Tea and It’s History

According to Google, this saying had its origins in Australia in the late 19th/early 20th century and implies that one won’t do something regardless of the incentives offered. As in – I wouldn’t sell my car, not for all the tea in China. It stems from the fact that China was, and still is, a […]

Kebab on a Skewer – It’s Turkish For Delicious!

There’s nothing quite like the taste of a freshly cooked kebab, marinated in a delicious combination of sauces and spices before being roasted over an open grill kebab on a skewer. Kebabs may be just meat, they may be a combination of meat and various types of vegetables, and you can even get fruit kebabs. […]

BBQ Recipes To Wow Your Guests!

BBQ, Tips and Tricks to Lose Weight For Summer

Summer’s here – the weather is warmer, the days are longer and the outdoors are far more appealing than they were a few months ago! It is the time to find good bbq recipes. One of the best things about the warm weather is the chance to BBQ. There’s something unique about flame-grilled food eaten […]

Turkish Coffee – So Much More Than Just A Caffeinated Drink

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning. Unless it’s the smell of freshly brewed UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Listed Turkish coffee first thing in the morning! Yes, Turkish coffee is so important culturally that it has made one of UNESCO’s heritage lists. Coffee, or to use its […]