Food plays a major role in our everyday lives. For good health and well-being, we need food! Food can be derived from both plant and animal sources and most commonly foods are a mixture of both. A variety of food in our diets supplies us with the energy and the nutrients which we require to have overall correct functioning of the body. The choice of food is wide and diverse with each food providing us with different types and amounts of nutrients affecting the body in many ways.
Surely you can tell the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Or can't you? Here's the answer to the old-age question 'is tomato a fruit or a vegetable'?
Worldwide, cucumbers are one of the most popular produce items, but are they a fruit or vegetable? This article clears up the doubts.
Being able to tell whether a pepper is a fruit or a vegetable is not straightforward. Here we explain why the correct answer resides in the eye of the beholder.
Honey is a naturally occurring sweetener. Learn how it compares to sugar and how it can be part of a healthy diet.
Current zinc levels in canned foods are considered safe and do not exceed the recommended daily intake.
Recent media headlines claim that low-fat diets could increase your risk of early death by almost one quarter. However, the coverage is based on a study that mainly looked at people in lower- and middle- income countries outside Europe, so it may not be relevant for the general European population.
Recent media headlines claim that three servings of fruit and veg is enough to live longer. Should we forget about current recommendations for five portions a day?
Fermented foods have been consumed for centuries across the globe. Recently, they have become trendy. What exactly are fermented foods? Are they good for our health?
Tea has been used as a refreshing drink for centuries. Tea is said to have health benefits - does the latest scientific evidence support this? Is tea a healthy source of hydration?
Bread has been part of the human diet for thirty thousand years. Yet there are many misconceptions around bread.
Plant-based diets are receiving increasing attention, and research shows their potential for disease-prevention. Much has been said about the importance of fruits and vegetables, but what is known about ready-to-eat dried seeds?
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil produced from the pulp of the fruits of palms and that is solid at room temperature.
Our favourite fresh vegetables are not available all year round. Does this mean we have to do without when they are out of season or are frozen and tinned vegetables valid alternatives?
Potatoes are a very common food in the diets of most Europeans, but perhaps sometimes the nutrition contribution of this staple crop is overlooked. What makes potatoes special is that they combine the characteristics of starchy foods with those of vegetables.
There must be thousands of dishes in which the tomato is the main, or a key ingredient. Due to its colour, taste and versatility, the tomato has come a long way from the ancient Aztec civilisations to being ubiquitous in today's kitchens.