Q. How can I work out what’s the best cut-off figure for salt?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 07 August 2013. Posted in Healthy eating

A.  To be classified as a low-salt (low sodium) food, the official cut-off figure is 120 milligrams sodium or less per 100 grams. This applies to all unsalted foods as it takes into account the small quantity of natural sodium present in foods. But at this low level, it can be hard to produce good-tasting foods. So for breads, cereals, soups and cracker biscuits, anything below 400mg is considered acceptable. Some organisations are even more lenient and set their cut-off higher at 600mg or less to encourage manufacturers to gradually decrease what's being added.

Q. What does the warning on artificially sweetened products Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine mean?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 05 August 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, allergies, artificial sweeteners, childhood allergies, diabetes, diabetes type 2, diet foods, drink, drinks, food labels, soft drinks, sugar, sugary drinks, sweetener

Q. What does the warning on artificially sweetened products Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine mean?

A. People with phenylketonuria are born with an inherited condition that stops their body from properly breaking down the amino acid phenylalanine - one of the building blocks of proteins. It’s a rare condition affecting only one in 10,000 and is tested for in all babies as part of their screening in hospital as a newborn.

Q. I have recently become vegetarian. What should I watch for so I don't miss out on nutrients?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 02 August 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: anaemia, balanced diet, energy, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, iron, meal planning, nutrition, nuts, protein, special diets, vegetables, vegetarian

Q. I have recently become vegetarian. What should I watch for so I don't miss out on nutrients?

A. If you have only recently started cooking vegetarian meals and looking for meatless swaps, here's how to avoid the 3 most common nutrition pitfalls.

A day’s eating plan to lower your cholesterol

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 30 July 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, eating plan, healthy heart, heart health, high cholesterol

A day’s eating plan to lower your cholesterol

Eating for a healthy heart doesn’t have to be hours of hard work. You can use supermarket foods and mix and match these easily available items with fresh to come up with a day’s eating plan that’s healthy, easy and will help lower your cholesterol. I’ve put together a day’s eating plan for a busy working woman who needs to shed weight.

Product review: Four Coconut Waters side by side

on Friday, 26 July 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: coconut, coconut water, fruit, healthy eating, healthy snacks

Product review: Four Coconut Waters side by side

Coconut water is the new buzz beverage. Sales are skyrocketing thanks to celebrity endorsements and the claims made on the pack for its high electrolyte, antioxidant and potassium content. Billed as "super hydrating" and something that will "refresh and revive you after a punishing workout", it's being marketed as somewhere between a sports drink and an ingredient for a smoothie. Are the claims true? What does it taste like? And is it worthy of all the hype ?

How healthy is coconut water – really?

on Thursday, 25 July 2013. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: coconut, coconut water, hydration, vitamins, water, wellness

How healthy is coconut water – really?

What is coconut water? Don't confuse coconut water with coconut milk which is made from the grated flesh of a mature coconut mixed with water. I buy coconut milk or cream in tins to add to my curries. Coconut water is completely different. Coconut water is the fluid inside a young, green coconut, which is said to be the cleanest and safest thing to drink if ever you're marooned on a tropical island. The inside liquid is sterile and has no bacterial count so long as the shell hasn't been cracked.

Q: What are Hi-Oleic peanuts?

on Friday, 19 July 2013. Posted in Fats and Oils
Tagged: fats, nut, oleicacid, peanut allergy, peanuts

Q: What are Hi-Oleic peanuts?

A.

Hi Oleic Peanuts are peanuts that contain a higher amount of oleic acid compared to standard peanuts.

Q. Are fish oil capsules safe if I'm allergic to fish? If not, how do I get omega-3s?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 19 July 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: allergies, fish oils, healthy eating, healthy heart, heart health, oils, omega-3, supplements

Q. Are fish oil capsules safe if I'm allergic to fish? If not, how do I get omega-3s?

THE QUESTION IN FULL

Q. I avoid seafood as I have an allergy to fish. So how would I increase my intake of omega-3 fats? Are fish oil capsules safe for me?