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FoodHealth‘Sugar is a toxin’

December 15, 201926 min

HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. Whatever you think of Coca-Cola’s contribution to the global obesity problem — and the company...

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Dubai-based founder of The Gbemi’s Kitchen, Gbemi Giwa, wants her new Nigerian restaurant to feel a bit like home.  “It’s more than food,” says the Nigerian native. “It’s the vibes, the expression and a lifelong dream.”  She has succeeded. The Gbemi’s Kitchen does feel like home. The Cluster R restaurant is small, with a handful of tables lined by pillows and vividly patterned Nigerian pop-art wallpaper. When we visit, there’s one waitress and a few...

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The Gbemi’s Kitchen serves healthy Nigerian food like this #recipe for Suya Chicken. If you don’t want to serve this main dish on a salad, serve alongside rice.  Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, approximately 120g each   1 tsp suya spice mix: 1 tsp peanut powder (optional) 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp smoked paprika  1 tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder 1 tsp olive oil, plus...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. In my work as a physical education teacher and health promoter, I see two of...

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Vegans are now spoiled for choice in small cafes and restaurants, but hotels have been slow to take note of the trend. That’s all changing now, as venues are realizing the demand for vegan-friendly hotels in the UAE.  Here are some of our favorite plant-forward hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi While Cafe 302 tends to be vegan-friendly all week long, the Roots and Shoots Night all-you-can-eat buffet has taken...

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Stressed out? Trouble sleeping at night? Muscle spasms? Blood sugar problems? If you have these symptoms, then you are probably deficient in magnesium.  Nicknamed the “calming mineral,”  a lack of magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies that I see in my patients.  The body tends to burn through it when the person is stressed out. And who isn’t stressed out these days? We live in a world of constant busyness and an...

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Beyond Meat has shot to fame with its signature ‘bleeding’ meat, and now the vegan brand is popping up at restaurants, grocery stores and food delivery apps throughout the UAE. Here’s where to find some incredible Beyond Meat burgers, plus a few burritos too.  Plant Power Business Bay: Available by delivery only, this happy, healthy venue serves up salads with a side of calorie and macro breakdown. Their Beyond Meat burger comes with cashew chipotle...

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Parents need to intervene early when they see their children are overweight, to prevent any associated health risks and help them grow up into healthy adults. That’s the message from Imperial College of London Diabetes Centre’s pediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist, Dr Sherif El-Refee. “It is estimated that around 40 percent of children in the UAE are either overweight or obese,” says the Abu Dhabi-based specialist. “And obesity increases their risk for a host of serious...

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As a physical education teacher, I see every day that children are eating food that is bad for them. They are eating too much processed food, including sodas, sweets, fast food and other junk foods. All are packed with unhealthy ingredients. But why are they eating this stuff?  Well, bad food is big business. Billions of dollars are made each year by junk food manufacturers. Food that is sweet and fast and cheaper to make,...

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Functional medicine and optimum health is the focus of my work at Dubai’s DNA Center. But I’m also a new father to nine-month-old twins and over the last six months I’ve shifted my obsession to ‘longevity science.’ I think having my twins made me want to live as long as possible (maybe live to 100).  So what are the ways to live to 100? Here’s some of the new things I’m doing to get there. ...

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UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi gave fans in the UAE a chance to see a live UFC event for the first time in five years, with popular MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov producing a memorable victory.  The end product on any given fight night often belies the weeks and months of preparation that go into being a professional MMA fighter. For all the blood, sweat and tears seen at UFC events, it’s true to say a...