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Acid food, Alkaline food

Acid food, Alkaline food

Should you be eating acid or alkaline foods? Let's see if I can make sense of this. We are oxygen breathing, carbon-based, mildly alkaline life forms. The pH of plasma is 7.35-7.45 and the pH inside our cells is 7.1. If they change much from these levels you will end up in hospital. The body has a number of systems to control the pH in your body (eg lungs and kidneys).

Que? What this thing pH?

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Coconut Water

Coconut Water

As kids we would get whole coconuts from the shop, hammer a hole in two places with a tent peg, pour the water into a glass and drink some before we hammered the coconut to split it open so we could feast on the white flesh. All very exotic in the 1960s.

Now coconut water has gained public interest as a refreshment, especially with the allure of being a natural drink, not a concocted soft drink. ...

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To Snack or Meal?

To Snack or Meal?

They say there was a time last century when we used to eat three meals a day and we should have been thankful for that many because kids were starving in Africa. I suspect they were talking about working adults between 1901 - 1970. I doubt whether kids, teenagers or housewives would have existed on three meals only. If they could sneak a biscuit, leftovers or some bread and dripping they would hav...

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Sugar - Evil for 40 years

Sugar - Evil for 40 years

It is nearly forty years since John Yudkin wrote the book Pure, White and Deadly. He thought there was a direct link between sugar consumption and heart disease, since disproven. Are we now eating more sugar than ever or are we eating the same amount as in 1980? Is there a link between our sugar consumption and obesity? Wise people at the University of Sydney have given this some thought.

Sugar...

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Water, sports drinks and energy drinks

Derek threw me a question a while back.

"I am working outside in the hot weather lately and wonder what you recommend to help to rehydrate. I am drinking heaps of water however I feel like I need something more to assist. What are your thoughts on sports drinks? Do you have a recipe for something that can be made at home." - Derek.B

When it is hot, water is a great drink, but it may ...

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