Content Tagged with Eating for Health

Who wouldn't want to follow the Little Master Chefs and prepare healthier snacks? Copyright Adobe Stock Creativa Images

When a mother found out that her son was obese, she turned to an innovative programme of the Aga Khan Health Board for help. Little Master Chef not only teaches children about healthier eating, it also shows them that healthy food can be fun and yummy!

Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April to raise awareness about the impact of human activity on our planet. / Adobe Stock

In honour of Earth Day, Saher Lalani highlights the staggering amount of food that is wasted globally each year. She shares some tips on how each of us can help change this.

“When dealing with the ravages of cancer,” says Munira Premji, “be kind to yourself and to eat nutritionally when you can.” Photo: Frances Darwin

To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, Munira Premji shares what she has learned from her relationship with food while battling the ravages of three cancers over the past five years.

Iron deficiency anemia affects nearly a third of women around the world, and can result in dizziness, headaches and difficulty staying focussed. Discover how to add iron to your diet.

Soccer nutrition pulses

Collaboration was key in preparing thousands of tasty and healthy meals for one of the largest Ismaili sports tournaments in North America. And pulses, regarded as a “superfood”, were an important feature on the menu.

World Diabetes Day is on 14 November.

To mark World Diabetes Day, Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, discusses the importance of physical activity, explores some common barriers and ways to overcome them.

M is for... Mutter

Mutter, also known as peas, belong to the same family as pulses, which includes beans, dal, lentils and chickpeas. They are a great source of protein and fibre, with virtually no fat.

Those who need to gain weight should focus on consuming foods and beverages that are both higher in calories and nutrients. Shirzad Chunara

With all the attention on the problems of overweight and obesity, it is easy to forget that there are many people whose main concern is how to gain weight in order to improve their health. Gaining weight can be just as difficult — physically and psychologically — as trying to lose it.

Breastfeeding gives children a healthy start from the earliest moments of life. Adobe Stock

Paediatrician Dr Fatima Hashamali has spent over three decades serving communities in East Africa and Pakistan. For World Breastfeeding Week, she highlights three ways in which breastfeeding can boost a baby's immunity.

Keep a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.

As the Jubilee Games approaches, Ismaili athletes around the world are spending countless hours training. But underestimating sweat loss and not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and serious side effects.

Sixty per cent of all deaths in India are now attributed to NCDs. An Aga Khan Health Board programme aims to reach as many rural and urban members of the Jamat as possible. AKHB India

Non-communicable diseases kill 38 million around the world each year. In India, the country’s Aga Khan Health Board rolled out Health Mantra, a national programme to help the Jamat to better understand the growing threat of NCDs.

The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, expects deaths from NCDs to increase by 17 per cent over the next decade. Thorkild Tylleskar

NCDs are the leading cause of death in the global population, and a serious problem in the Ismaili community. Unhealthy diet is a key risk factor — one that the Ismaili Nutrition Centre is helping to address.


Jardalu (or apricot) is a soft fleshy fruit, usually pale yellow to orange in colour, with a relatively large stone that is easy to remove when the fruit is ripe. They can be eaten raw, dried or cooked into a tasty dessert.

Imli (Tamarind). Katykman / Dollar Photo Club

Imli (tamarind) — also known as aamli and “Indian date — has a delicious sweet and sour flavour and is a versatile ingredient. It can be eaten raw as a bean, used for flavouring like a spice, and enjoyed as chutney, a condiment, and even as a refreshing beverage.

It is a myth is that those with diabetes should avoid eating fruit; although fruits have a high sugar content, they  offer an important source of vitamins, minerals, water and fibre. Theresa Dao

To increase awareness of diabetes globally, every 14 November is marked as World Diabetes Day. Shahzadi Devje, a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Diabetes Educator, explores some common myths about diabetes, particularly in South Asian cultures.

Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.

For Muslims with diabetes, the fast during Ramadan can present a challenge in day to day management of the condition. In this article, Dr Hala Alsafadi offers tips on staying safe.

Gajar (carrot).

Gajar (carrot) is a crunchy root vegetable available in a range of colours like orange, red, yellow, purple and white. It is a good source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies.

Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt.

High in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruit, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life. Many South Asian foods work well with it, and some simple changes can help you incorporate the Mediterranean lifestyle into your daily living.

The fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein in pulses are a great combination for satisfying hunger and keeping you full, helping you to eat less overall and preventing your blood sugar from spiking too often.

Over 50 per cent of people with pre-diabetes who eat healthier and are physically active can delay or even entirely prevent themselves from becoming diabetic. For those who have type 2 diabetes, eating cooked pulses along with a high-fibre diet can help control long term blood sugar levels.

Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are the leading cause of mortality around the world, but they can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes.

In 2008, non-communicable diseases were responsible for an astounding 63 per cent of deaths world-wide – more than all other causes combined. Known as NCDs, they include diabetes, heart disease and cancers, and are a growing concern to people of South East Asian descent. However, these diseases are largely preventable and their impact can be significantly reduced.