Q. What’s the difference between fish oil and cod liver oil?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 08 October 2013. Posted in Fats and Oils
Tagged: fish oil, fish oils, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, oils, omega-3, pregnancy, supplements

Q. What’s the difference between fish oil and cod liver oil?

A.

Fish oil and cod liver oil are two different oils even though they both come from fish and have a similar fatty acid profile.

Q. What do 'no preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours' really mean?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 30 September 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, allergies, food colours, food labels, food safety, fresh foods, FSANZ

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Q. Why do some products state 'no preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours' but the list of ingredients then lists flavour enhancers (621, 627, 631) flavours (270, 262) and colours (160a)?

5 reasons why you must get enough calcium

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: calcium, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, dairy, drinks, healthy eating, heart health, milk

5 reasons why you must get enough calcium

Everyone knows we need calcium to build strong, dense bones in our younger years so we can prevent the crippling bone disease, osteoporosis, later in life. Osteoporosis literally means 'porous bones'. It is a thinning and weakening of the bones due to loss of mineral-containing material and it affects one in two females and one
in three males over the age of 60.

Q. What level of sodium should I look for on a food label?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, heart health, junk food, nutrition, salt, snacks

Q. What level of sodium should I look for on a food label?

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Q. When comparing the label of a food, I am unsure what level of sodium is acceptable for a healthy diet. Please help!

The Foodwatch September Newsletter is out now!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 17 September 2013. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: additives, eatKit, Foodwatch Newsletter, newsletter, preservatives

The Foodwatch September Newsletter is out now!

Ever wondered what was really in your food? Well in the Foodwatch September Newsletter we look at additives - the numbered, the unnumbered, the safe ones and those it's best to avoid! Plus there's our Product of the Month and EatKit details too.

Q. What does the term MILK SOLIDS mean on a food label?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 16 September 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, allergies, calcium, dairy, food labels, food safety, milk, yoghurt

Q.  What does the term MILK SOLIDS mean on a food label?

A.   ‘Milk solids’ refers to the dried powder left after all the water is removed from liquid milk. It is similar to the milk powder you buy at the supermarket and can be full-fat or non-fat (skim).

Q. I am pregnant and have read a warning for pregnant women about Listeria. What is it?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 12 September 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: food safety, fresh foods, healthy cooking, healthy eating, pregnancy, special diets, take-away

Q. I am pregnant and have read a warning for pregnant women about Listeria. What is it?

A. In recent times, there have been several updates on the food-poisoning bacteria Listeria. This is important for:

  • Pregnant women and their unborn baby
  • People whose immune systems cannot fight off infections
  • Older people over 70

Q. How often should my teenage kids eat fast food?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 12 September 2013. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: dinner, eating out, family fare, fast food, fat, super foods

Q. How often should my teenage kids eat fast food?

A. No more than twice a week, according to a recent US study. The CARDIA study, the first over the long-term to investigate the link between fast-food consumption and ill health, showed that the more fast food consumed the greater a person's health risk.