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Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age
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Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age

Articles Resource Center Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age Concentrating on eating a diverse diet may just be the secret to building mental resilience as we age! Our diets, along with other lifestyle factors, could help shape the way our brains function. A recent study analysing the psychological resilience — i.e. personal tenacity, optimism, coping mechanism, mood and self-control — of 8 571 elderly Chinese individuals found that older people who adhered to diets high in dietary diversity were more likely to have higher psychological resilience (Yin et al, 2019, p1). The greatest contribution to dietary diversity was a high consumption of vegetables, fruits, and nuts — suggesting that eating a diet rich in diverse, healthful foods could be protective of your ment...
What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa?
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What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa?

Articles Resource Center What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa? South Africa has one of the highest levels of hypertension globally. According to national and regional surveys, a whopping 35 – 49% of South African adults are estimated to be hypertensive, with at least one-third of the population unaware of their hypertensive status, and, at best, 25% on medication (Ware et al, 2018, p. 1). With South Africa’s overburdened public healthcare systems and low levels of private medical aid coverage, managing and preventing hypertension is vital. To do this, it is important to first understand what the key predictors of hypertension are. According to the WHO-SAGE population survey, the key predictors of hypertension and hypertension awareness include: ...
Making Healthier Choices Using Front-of-pack Nutrition Labelling
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Making Healthier Choices Using Front-of-pack Nutrition Labelling

Articles Resource Center Making Healthier Choices Using Front-of-pack Nutrition Labelling Do you find yourself purchasing food items labelled “low calorie” or “low fat” in the hopes that they may be more nutritious or healthier for you? Well, you may be correct and you may also be incorrect. A study by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, undertaken to determine the accuracy of the health and nutrition claims of ready-to-eat snack food products, found that although many ready-to-eat snacks were compliant with the current legislation, 25.3% of labelled nutrient content claims were non-compliant with the South African Food Labelling Regulations R146 legislation, with 68.8% of food items displaying a higher total energy content and only 23.7% of products in the study being eligible to m...
A Sustainable & Bright Future
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A Sustainable & Bright Future

Articles Resource Center A Sustainable & Bright Future   At Unilever, we are dedicated to creating great tasting food by helping small-hold farmers grow food sustainably, thus enhancing their livelihood and creating better tasting products for you. Not only is growing food sustainably good for you, but it is also good for the planet. Our farmers, suppliers and chefs are committed to helping us source more of our agricultural ingredients sustainably by 2020. Visit the Unilever Website and learn more about how we are enhancing lives from farm to fork.
Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk
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Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk

Articles Resource Centre Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk? How are WE turning the tide?In South Africa, Lifestyle diseases accounted for over half of all reported deaths (55%) in 2015. The World Health Organization projects that by 2030, these kinds of diseases will become the biggest cause of death in Africa.The South African government has come up with a forward-thinking strategy that will seek to decrease the amount of people suffering from lifestyle diseases. At Unilever, we too got involved through our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.As part of that commitment, we have collaborated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation for Salt Awareness Week 2017 for the second year running - to help the general public calculate the...
The Power of Breakfast in Childhood!
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The Power of Breakfast in Childhood!

Articles Resource Centre The Power of Breakfast in Childhood! The evidence is unequivocal; eating breakfast in childhood can help prevent a plethora of lifestyle diseases and can generally promote well-being. Almost 1 in 5 children under the age between the ages 2-5 are overweight in South Africa1. The same proportion of children between the ages 10-14 years in the same study, never have breakfast1.A regular breakfast including oat-, barley-, or psyllium-based cereals is associated with a reduced risk of abnormal lipid profiles, high blood pressure or heart disease. Indeed, large systematic reviews children showed children who that habitually eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight 2,3 Other benefits include better blood glucose control, less insul...
Knorr’s Guide to Cooking with More Vegetables
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Knorr’s Guide to Cooking with More Vegetables

Articles Resource Centre Knorr’s Guide to Cooking with More Vegetables At Knorr, we love creating great recipes so you can give your family wonderful meals that they love. Your family’s health should not be compromised for convenience.Add FlavourVegetables naturally have a lot of flavour. However, we know that sometimes vegetables are not the tastiest food everyone has ever eaten. So how about adding more flavour to make them tastier? All it takes is herbs, spices and Knorr seasonings to make them sing with flavour.Cook with a Variety of Colours and Textures.Keep your meals interesting by trying new vegetables with different dishes and recipes. Leave the skin on, whenever possible, to retain more flavour, nutrition and texture.We believe this, because we ...
Unilever’s nutritionist, Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan
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Unilever’s nutritionist, Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan

Articles Resource Centre Unilever’s nutritionist, Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan We are very conscious of the important role that food has in people’s well-being, and that non-communicable diseases are a high public health priority at Unilever. We are a strong supporter of the UN Global Goal of Zero Hunger and are playing an important role in addressing over- and undernutrition. We do this by offering nutritious foods that are appealing, and through communication that is responsible, engaging and meaningful.The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. We have committed to hel...
Do you know what it means to be a successful Agent of Change?
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Do you know what it means to be a successful Agent of Change?

Articles Resource Centre Do you know what it means to be a successful Agent of Change? At Unilever, we recognise that what we eat plays a role in ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for people and the planet. This is a future in which health care professionals, chefs, government, NGOs and food companies can work together to drive transformational change in the way the world eats.That is why this year, we are launching the Agents of Change Award, an award that salutes the work of registered Health Care Professionals and brings to life Unilever’s mission to drive nutritious, sustainable and inspiring food.In this issue, we introduce you to our inaugural Agent of Change, Mr Stefan Van der Merwe, who founded CHOW, a company which helps people a¬nd h...
Understanding Fats
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Understanding Fats

Articles Patient Education Understanding Fats Choosing the right fat is important for healthy cholesterol and your heart. Avoidance of excess saturated fats contributes to lower health risks among obese, metabolic syndrome and diabetic patients.Have a look at this simple tool to use to demonstrate the different types of fats. In addition, how the fat profile of certain fats and oils compare.