Alcohol: How much is too much?

How much alcohol is too much for low carb, healthy fat, keto lifestyle?

“With Christmas soon upon us and the swing of festive parties and celebrations underway, champagne corks will be a-popping and cocktail shakers to the ready. I, like many, really do love a glass or two, especially at times of celebration, but I’m so often asked for guidance about how much is too much?”

Amelia Freer,Registered Nutritional Therapist FdSc, Dip ION

Amelia further goes on to say that there has been a long-held belief amongst the medical community that a little bit of alcohol does us good. this comes from studies that seem to show that all causes of death (but particularly heart disease) are higher in people who completely abstained from alcohol, than was in people that drank moderately (a couple or so units a day). (Corraeo et al., 2004)

She does however, point out that alcohol consumption has been linked to a huge number of problems. It is after all, a psycho-active substance that can sadly lead to significant problems with addiction and dependency. It has also been linked to over 200 disease and injury conditions.

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Cook something – Roast Chicken

Banting staple roast chicken recipe

Quantities given are for 4 servings

Make a point of sourcing organic chickens rather than free-range for this Banting staple. Although free-range birds are not penned, they are still fed hormones.


1 head garlic
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried oregano
4 tbsp melted butter
1 medium white onion (quartered)
1 whole chicken
2 large lemons (quartered)
1 handful fresh thyme
2 medium red onion (quartered)


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut the garlic in half vertically through the middle.
  3. Peel the cloves off one half of the garlic and place them in a pestle and mortar with the dried herbs and the melted butter.
  4. Mash together with some seasoning to make a paste.
  5. Rub the chicken all over with the paste and season well with salt and pepper.
  6. Place the quarters of one onion and a lemon in the cavity of the chicken with some of the fresh thyme.
  7. Place the remaining ingredients into a roasting tray and place the chicken on top.
  8. With a piece of string, tie the legs together to keep the aromatics in the cavity (the most basic form of trussing).
  9. Roast for 70 to 85 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken. Check to see if the chicken is cooked by sticking a skewer into the thickest part of the leg – the juices should run clear. If not, return it to the oven for another 10 minutes and check again.

Cook’s Tip

If you roast it properly, not only do you get some good fat in the tray for later use, and obviously heaps of protein, but more importantly, once you’ve finished carving you can bang that carcass straight into water to make a broth.


Not Guilty: Appeal committee find in favour of Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes found not guilty for the second time for giving LCHF advice.

 “We fought the battle for the health of all South Africans. Now you know the truth; that you have been misinformed for 50 years. We all have been and the consequences on our health have been dire.”

– Prof Tim Noakes

On Friday, the 8th of June, just over a year after Prof Noakes was found not guilty by the HPCSA panel, the last and final judgment was made.

“The argument of the Appellant that the Respondent provided unconventional advice of breast feeding babies is not persuasive and is rejected.

Wherefore, it is the unanimous decision of the members of the appeal committee that the appeal be dismissed. It is so ordered.”

The Noakes Foundation welcomes the ruling of the HPCSA appeal committee of not guilty.

In 2014, the HPCSA charged Prof Noakes with unprofessional conduct for giving unconventional advice over social media (Twitter). After being found not guilty the HPCSA appealed and the hearing was held earlier this year. The ruling of the appeal was stated to be announced 30 days after the appeal, but only 2 months later the verdict was announced.

The verdict of not guilty has far more reaching consequences, not only for Prof Noakes and the HPCSA, but for South Africans as well.

Being found not guilty for a second time is victory celebrated by many South Africans and people over the world fighting for the truth. It is a victory towards better health for everyone.

The Noakes Foundation makes a call to all dietitians and nutritionists to revise the advice they give clients, especially diabetics and those with insulin resistance. We advise adopting a more contemporary approach to dietary advice, one that is in line with other countries that have accepted the evidenced-based LCHF approach for diabetes and insulin resistance management. It also calls for a review on policy.

Jayne Bullen, the COO of The Noakes Foundation commented: “The team at The Noakes Foundationare celebrating that the enquiry Prof Tim Noakes has been through for the past years is finally OVER, finished and Klaar! Acquitted on all counts, twice, by two different judging panels.

Celebrations are in order and we see this as one end but in essence, the beginning of a new era that puts evidence-based science and pioneering, brave people first in the battle for human health. We are all in this together.”

The Noakes Foundation will continue to fight for the truth. South Africans deserve to know the truth, and we will continue to advocate and proclaim the truth about nutrition.

Noakes said, together with his wife Marilyn, they decided to fight his hearing with all his might. “We did so because we knew that what we are saying is the truth, and in the end the truth will always win.”


The Noakes Foundation