In Disney’s Snow White, a poisoned apple was given to the princess in efforts to send her into an everlasting slumber. The only way to wake her was from true loves first kiss. I guess this story is not far from the truth, with one small itsy bitsy caveat. For Snow White to go into her eternal slumber, she would have to consume 40 whole apples!

Well…What’s wrong with apples you may ask? Ahh, read on, you may just save your own life!

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Why are apples so dangerous?

Before you stop eating apples entirely please allow me to elaborate. It is not the apple flesh…

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The Legend of the Coffee Goat

Legend has it that coffee was first discovered by Kaldi, a goat herder from Kaffa. One day Kaldi noticed one of his goats jumping around, almost dancing devilishly and bleating loudly. Upon further investigation, Kaldi found that the source of his possessed goat was from bright red cherries growing on a cluster of small shrubs. Deciding to test the cherries for himself, Kaldi noticed that the cherries had an instant energising effect!

I don’t know how far this legend is from the truth, however, I do know that if Kaldi or his curious goat were alive and well today, they…

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Have you ever suffered from the worst back pain of your life from just one gym session? Trust me when I say, that just a slight shift in your form can set you back weeks or even months! Alas, here I am with an answer. What I am about to discuss is a technique that I have implemented for over a decade when weight-lifting.

The name of this underrated technique is the Valsalva Manoeuvre. You may or may not have already heard of this or you might be utilising it subconsciously. …

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AVOCADO TOAST…has absolutely nothing to do with this article. However, this is the number one food trend which is derived from the avocado fruit. Yes, that’s right, I said fruit. Believe it or not, it’s not a vegetable. Although prices have skyrocketed for this green gem, there is another way to reap its health benefits without running your pockets dry.

No, I won’t tell you to gulp down a whole bag full of avocados or to eat the skin and seed of the fruit. …

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why is my butter yellow?” Well, probably not, because like me you’re simply thinking of eating the butter. Today, I want to take you on a journey that will entice you, surprise you and provide you with a very simple, yet interesting scientific explanation for a very unpopular question.

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How is butter made?

Imagine a time where nomads would travel long distances with large sacks of milk. Here lie the origins of butter. It is said that during one of these long and tiresome journeys, a thirsty traveller reached for their bag, only to find that the milk…

Rahul Permal

Part-time food scientist and full-time foodie — Piecing together the disconnect of food, health and well-being.

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