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  • Black Rice Nutrition and Health Benefits

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 20, 2021

    Have you seen pretty photos of black rice on social media and always wondered what the fuss is about? Or perhaps you’ve never heard of black rice and want to learn more about it? Either way, if you’ve never tried Black rice, you’re missing out!  Besides its nutty, delicious flavour, black rice is rich in antioxidants, especially anthocyanins. It is also a good source of essential amino acids, B vitamins,…

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  • Plant-Based Diet Linked to COVID-19 Risk and Severity

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 18, 2021

    A healthy plant-based diet is linked to a lower risk and severity of COVID-19, a new observational study reports.  In the study, participants eating plant-rich diets had a 9% lower risk of developing COVID-19 and a 41% lower risk of developing severe COVID-19 than participants eating diets with fewer plant foods.  “We found that a dietary pattern characterised by healthy plant foods was associated with lower risk and severity of…

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  • Lean Beef and Lentil Ragu

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 17, 2021

    Boost your fruit and vegetable intake with this flavourful and nutrient-dense beef and lentil ragu. It is truly delicious and a definite crowd and family pleaser!  If you also struggle with convincing your children to try new foods, I find that combining the food you want them to try with other foods they’re familiar with always works.  While I love all lentil varieties, my kids don’t feel the same. Red…

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  • High Vitamin A Intake Linked to Lower Oestrogen Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer Risk in Premenopausal Black Women

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 15, 2021

    High vitamin A intake is linked to a lower risk of oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer risk in premenopausal Black women, a new observational study has found.  According to the study, premenopausal women with the highest total vitamin A intakes, including retinol, beta-carotene, and lutein, have a 40% lower risk of oestrogen receptor-positive cancer than women with the lowest intakes. Interestingly, there was no link between total vitamin A intake and oestrogen receptor-negative…

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  • A Daily Avocado Improves Body Fat Distribution in Women with Overweight/Obesity

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 9, 2021

    Eating one medium avocado daily improves body fat distribution in women with overweight or obesity, a new controlled study reports.  In the study, females who ate an avocado daily had a lower visceral (around organs in the abdomen) to subcutaneous (under the skin) fat ratio than women who did not eat an avocado daily. Despite improved body fat distribution, the women did not achieve weight loss or improved insulin sensitivity. …

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