• Protein Drink Before Meals Reduces Blood Sugar Spikes, New Study Finds

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr May 31, 2022

    Consuming a whey protein drink before each meal reduces blood sugar spikes in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study reports.  “Given the financial implications associated with anti-hyperglycaemic pharmacotherapies, the provision of premeal whey protein supplementation may offer an effective non-pharmaceutical approach to regulate glycaemia,” the authors wrote.  The study, “Thrice daily consumption of a novel premeal shot containing a low dose of whey protein increases time in euglycemia…

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  • Meat Protein Easier to Digest, More Nutritious than Popular Plant-Based Alternative 

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr May 9, 2022

    Insufficient protein intake is an important cause of malnutrition and disease. It can also cause heart disease, high cholesterol, bone loss, hair loss, muscle wasting, poor growth, glucose control, and immunity (Wu, 2016).  United Kingdom nutrition guidelines recommend that adults performing minimal physical activity consume 0.75g of protein per kilogram of body weight daily to maintain nitrogen balance (COMA, 1991). However, research suggests that this amount of protein may be…

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  • The Best Sources of (Quality) Protein

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 17, 2021

    How much protein we need and the best sources of protein are controversial topics. This blog post addresses these topics and explores the healthiest way to include protein in your diet. After water, protein is the most abundant component of your body. Your hair, muscles, nails, tendons and ligaments are made up of protein. Protein is also a key component of enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, antibodies and other immune cells. Protein…

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  • Explore Cuisine’s Edamame Spaghetti with Soya & Mushroom Ragu

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr November 22, 2019

    Gone are the days when pasta had to be wheat-based or egg-based, nowadays, we are spoiled for choice – lentils, chickpeas, edamame, green peas and even rice! It also means that if you’re gluten intolerant, you don’t need to spend hours reading the ingredients on the package to ensure that the contents are safe enough for consumption. The best thing about legume-based pastas for me is their higher protein and…

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  • Pasta Salad with Baked Tinga Salmon

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr April 1, 2019

    Rich in fibre, omega-3 fats and protein, this pasta salad with baked salmon provides slow-release energy and boosts your concentration levels. Most of you know by now that the way to start eating healthier is to get rid of processed foods from your pantry and fridge and to start eating foods in their whole, natural form. What is not so clear is how to build healthy meals or recipes. Everyone…

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