EatKit Archive: TEA, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

on Monday, 29 April 2013. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: drink, drinks, EatKit, fluids, green tea, healthy eating, hunger, hydration, tea, water

EatKit Archive: TEA, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

Tea - black, green, white or herbal - is one of life's precious things. It allows you to relax, chillax, refresh and be revived. It encourages a conversation and openness in a way that water, soft drink or coffee never can do. It is a joy to sip and savour. It is one of my favourite moments in life. If you share the same feelings about tea as I do, take a moment to read our thoughts and tea moments from the May EatKit online Twitter chat.

8 salty snacks and why they're a danger to your waistline - a visual guide

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 29 April 2013. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: BMI, calories, convenience, fat, fats, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy snacks, junk food, kilojoules, nutrition, obesity, overweight, peanuts, salt, saturated fat, snacks, sodium, weight loss

8 salty snacks and why they're a danger to your waistline - a visual guide

Meeting up at the bar or pub? Sharing a drink with friends? These are the times when you notice salty snacks everywhere – potato crisps, corn chips, beer nuts, cashews, pretzels and rice cracker snacks. Salty snacks fly under the radar – no one remembers eating them. Yet they’re a big problem for health and may explain why you can’t lose weight. Here’s my take on them.

Q. I’m confused. I know what polyunsaturated means, but what’s monounsaturated?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 26 April 2013. Posted in Fats and Oils
Tagged: almonds, cholesterol, diabetes, diabetes type 2, fat, fats, healthy heart, heart health, Mediterranean, monounsaturated oil, nutrients, nuts, oils, omega-3, peanuts, polyunsaturated oil, rice bran oil, saturated fat, vegetable oils

A.   Monounsaturated fats have only one double bond in their carbon chain (hence the term "mono"), while polyunsaturated have two, three or more of these bonds ("poly" means many). Understanding this difference in their structure will help us understand the role they have in our health.

Q. From a health perspective, is butter better than margarine?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 22 April 2013. Posted in Fats and Oils
Tagged: butter, cholesterol, fat, health, healthy eating, healthy heart, heart health, margarine, oils, trans fats

Q. From a health perspective, is butter better than margarine?

It all depends on your health profile.

If you have high cholesterol or a history of heart disease, go for a soft margarine OR a margarine with added sterols (Logicol, Pro-activ) that block cholesterol absorption.

Q. If I stick to vegetable oils will I avoid saturated fats?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 19 April 2013. Posted in Fats and Oils
Tagged: coconut oil, fats, palm oil, polyunsaturated oil, saturated fat, vegetable oils

Q. I have been told that just checking for VEGETABLE OIL in the ingredients list is not enough if I want to avoid saturated fat.

A. This is true. While most vegetable oils like olive, sunflower or canola are low in saturated fat and high in healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, this isn’t the case 100 per cent of the time.

The April issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter is out now!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: fibre, guides, healthy cooking, healthy eating, newsletter, survey, website, women and iron

The April issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter is out now!

April is such a busy time of year and early next month it’ll be Mother’s Day. That’s why this issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter is all about women.

There are healthy ideas for Mother’s Day gifts, Mother’s Day breakfasts and treats, the heads-up on why iron-deficiency is more a female problem than a male one and of course, there’s still our Product of the Month. This month we’re road testing Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre Toppers and there's plenty more.

Iron - what it does and why you need it

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Posted in Energy boosters
Tagged: anaemia, balanced diet, dieting, diets, dinners, energy, exercise, health, iron, meal planning, supplements, vegetables, vegetarian, women and iron

Iron - what it does and why you need it

Our bodies need iron. Not the sort used in barbells, weights and stream trains but the essential mineral we get from our food. And especially so if you're a teen, an athlete or a woman — even more so if you are pregnant. Read on for my outline of what iron does in the body, how much you need and where can you get it.

Q. What’s the difference between green and black tea? What about caffeine?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Posted in Energy boosters
Tagged: caffeine, coffee, fluids, green tea, hydration, water

THE QUESTION IN FULL

Q. What's the difference between green tea and black tea? And can I drink green tea at night when I don't want caffeine?

A. Both green and black tea come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis tea bush. Whether these tea leaves end up green or black depends on how they are processed.