Q. What is rooibos and is it really free of caffeine?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 06 September 2013. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: antioxidants, caffeine, calories, drink, drinks, fluids, hydration, tea, water

Q. What is rooibos and is it really free of caffeine?

A. Rooibos or Red Tea is a herbal infusion made from the leaves and stems of a leguminous shrub (Aspalathus linearis) that is native to South Africa. It's made in the same way as normal tea and is most commonly seen as red rooibus although there is a green rooibos. It has needle-like leaves that produce a hot drink with an attractive flavour and light red-brown colour.

Product review: Up&Go Liquid Breakfast

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 03 September 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, calories, dairy, drinks, Liquid breakfast, liquid diet, school lunch, sugar, sugary drinks

Product review:  Up&Go Liquid Breakfast

When it launched Up&Go 15 years ago in Australia, Sanitarium created a whole new category in breakfasts. Today it still holds 99 per cent of the liquid breakfast market and has fuelled early morning starts for young and old.

According to Australian Food News, in 2012 alone, Sanitarium sold over 34 million litres through supermarkets so it's clearly a marketing success and appeals to that morning rush hour when kids have to be fed and sent off the school, parents are busy packing lunches and driving to training or music along with getting ready for their own day.

Q. What does EMULSIFIER mean on the label?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 03 September 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, emulsifier, emulsifiers, fat, food labels, FSANZ, salad

Q. What does EMULSIFIER mean on the label?

A. Emulsifiers are substances which stabilise mixtures and prevent oil and water from separating. In a salad dressing, for instance, an emulsifier keeps the oil and vinegar mixed so they don't separate into two layers on standing.

A day’s eating plan to lower your man’s cholesterol

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, calcium, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, dairy, eating plan, healthy eating, healthy heart, healthy snacks, heart health, high cholesterol, milk

A day’s eating plan to lower your man’s cholesterol

With Father's Day, I thought it's appropriate to dedicate a post to men's nutrition. According to a recent newspaper article in the Good Food supplement of the Sydney Morning Herald, men like to eat steak, roasts, anything with chips, barbecued anything, curried anything and, of course, meat pies and sausages. But just because men like to eat it, it doesn't mean they should.

Q. I find the nutrition information on packaged food difficult to understand. What is an acceptable level of sugar per 100 grams?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 26 August 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: BMI, diabetes, diabetes type 2, food labels, guides, healthy eating, sugar, weight loss

Q. I find the nutrition information on packaged food difficult to understand. What is an acceptable level of sugar per 100 grams?

A. What are acceptable and desirable levels in an individual food will vary depending upon the type of food (compare oil at 100% fat to bread with only 2% fat), how big the portion is that you eat and your own dietary goals. For example are you trying to lose weight? How physically active are you? How old are you?

Q. I have noticed halal gelatine on food labels. What does it mean?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, diets, food labels, gelatine, halal

Q. I have noticed halal gelatine on food labels. What does it mean?

A. Halal is an Arabic word meaning 'permitted', 'lawful' or religiously appropriate. In Islam, halal describes many things including food. All the food groups are halal with the exception of meat which must meet certain criteria. For meat to be halal it must come from a permitted source and it must be slaughtered according to Islamic rites. Pigs, for example, are not a permitted source because they are considered 'impure' and so pork is not halal.

What is Vitamin D? The Sunshine vitamin

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: butter, calcium, cod liver oil, dairy, eggs, fish oil, fish oils, margarine, vitamins

What is Vitamin D?  The Sunshine vitamin

Formed by the action of sunlight on the skin, vitamin D (chemically known as Cholecalciferol) has been called the ‘bone vitamin’ as it enables calcium and phosphorus to be absorbed to make strong bones. It’s a cross between a vitamin and a hormone and may do a lot more for our immune system and keeping us healthy than we ever realised.

Product Review: COYO coconut yoghurt alternative

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: allergy, artificial sweeteners, coconut, dairyfree, fat, gluten-free, review, special diets, vegan, yoghurt

Product Review: COYO coconut yoghurt alternative

COYO coconut milk yoghurt has been on my radar for a while. Being advertised as dairy free, vegan, soy free, gluten free, lactose free and with no added sugar, it's no surprise that it's the new favourite amongst lactose intolerant individuals, vegans, 'sugar haters' as well as a whole swag of alternative health seekers including lovers of coconut. Whilst I am none of these things, I am still interested to see what the hype is all about.