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Children at Bait-ul Ilm snack on a healthy plate of vegetables.

Childhood obesity rates in the United States have more than tripled in the past thirty years, with many other western countries showing similar trends. What foods are children eating that may be contributing to this epidemic, and what can be done? Researchers at the US

Use less salt when cooking. Rather than pouring salt straight from the container, measure out the amount you would like to add using a teaspoon.

Eating too much sodium and not enough potassium has been shown to increase blood pressure, which can be dangerous because it makes the heart work harder than normal and can lead to heart disease or stroke. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new

Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.

Small lifestyle changes are easier to sustain and are more likely to last. Making a drastic change is difficult and less likely to be successful. Rather than focusing on immediate results, it is better to take things one step at a time and not to become discouraged.

Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.

The start of a new year is a great time to make improvements to your lifestyle habits, whether by being more active or cooking more healthily. Setting SMART goals is an effective approach that can be used not only for health, but also in other aspects of life.

Colourful, delicious, and nutritious: pea and bean salad is a great source of fiber and protein, and it makes for a great snack or meal.

The feeling of fullness is very difficult to measure, or even to understand, as there are many factors involved. Although some people believe that all calories are equal, researchers are finding that solid foods have some advantages over fluids.

Good food choices support intensive training while limiting risk of injury and illness.

When talented, well-trained and enthusiastic athletes meet in competition, attention to detail can make all the difference between defeat and victory. What you eat and drink affects how well you train and whether you can compete at your best. Registered dietitian and sports

Accompany your meal with plenty of salad.

Eating out at an Indian or Pakistani restaurant can be nutritious; however, it is less healthy when food items are deep-fried, cooked in excess oil, or prepared in ghee, coconut oil or coconut milk. Here are some tips for making healthier choices.

Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.

Few children are born with a liking for every vegetable, but researchers wondered if infants could learn to enjoy a specific vegetable, and how many tastes it would take. Their studies show that while it may take more than 10 attempts to get the child to try something new,

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Dietitian Shirzad Chunara checks out the research.

How many times do we receive emails claiming that a specific combination of foods will cure cancer, or that eating large amounts of certain foods will eliminate our cholesterol? Nutrition advice is everywhere, but it is important to know how to separate credible, good

Cholesterol: Know it - Lower it!

In the second part of her article on managing cholesterol, Baldeesh Rai, Dietetic Advisor to Heart UK adds to her recommendations on fats and sugar. She discusses the importance of eating more fibre and being active.

Pasta in tomato sauce is quick, cheap and healthy.

Shazia Govindji has been thinking about what to have in her kitchen and fridge as she starts her second year at university. She shares her tips on preparing quick, nutritious dishes, and on how to keep to a budget whether eating in or out.

Cholesterol: Know it - Lower it!

National Cholesterol Week in the UK takes place between 19–25 September 2011, and aims to promote awareness of raised cholesterol levels, which are a major cause of cardiovascular disease. This is the first installment of a two-part article by Baldeesh Rai, Dietetic

Whole grain cereals can be a great source of magnesium. Look for those that are also low in salt and sugar.

Whole grains are a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, and research shows that whole grain foods offer a variety of health benefits. September is designated as Whole Grains Month in the USA and dietitians at The Ismaili Nutrition Centre are challenging all our readers to

Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast.

Fasting is among the special observances that Muslims undertake during the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting radically alters the diet, slowing the body’s metabolism and sometimes causing discomfort. However, good health can be maintained by consuming adequate nutrients

Whole grains are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and can help keep you feeling full.

Are whole grains better for us than those that have been refined? Researchers at Tufts and Harvard Universities think so. Learn about the health benefits of adding whole grains to your diet.

Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight.

Are children who eat breakfast regularly less likely to be overweight? Studies suggest that eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight whether you are young or old.

Salt Awareness Week in the UK is taking place between 21 – 27 March, 2011 with a focus on “Salt and Men’s Health”.

According to the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 2010, men tend to eat more salt and less fruits and vegetables than women, placing them at greater risk of stroke and heart disease. Azmina Govindji shares important facts and practical tips on how to reduce salt in

Choose food containing healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats over unhealthy saturated and trans fats.

There is no doubt that our bodies require fat, but did you know that some fats are healthier than others? All fats have different characteristics, so it is important to try to choose foods that contain the better variety, and cut down on those that could cause our bodies harm

Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling or preparing food ingredients.

You might think that you are sufficiently careful about food hygiene because you wash your hands regularly and store food in the fridge, but the dangerous germs and bacteria that lurk about your kitchen can cause food poisoning. These tips on preparing, cooking, storing and

If you take in fewer calories each day than you use up, the result will be weight loss.

It’s that time of year when we tend to feel the effects of over-indulgence from the holiday season, and promises of effortless weight loss lure us into trying the hottest new diet. This year, aim to adopt a balanced way of eating that will not leave you watching the