Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: carbs, fat, fruit sugars, healthy weight loss, high fat, high sugar, sugar, weight, weight loss

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Is sugar the culprit? Is sugar to blame as the major cause of obesity, diabetes and insulin sensitivity? I argue that it’s not JUST sugar. It’s that ubiquitous mix of sugar with fats and starches along with flavourings, colours and additives that makes packet and processed foods so deadly. So attractive and more-ish to eat. Yes we eat too much sugar but sugar is just ONE of our problems, not THE ONLY problem.

EatKit Nov 2014 - Chewing over the Raw Diet

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: chips, eating out, EatKit, fast food, Foodwatch website, take-away, Twitter

EatKit Nov 2014 - Chewing over the Raw Diet

Green smoothies, kale salads, bliss balls, marinated veges, activated almonds, chia puddings, coconut milk and alkaliniser drinks. These trademark foodie icons of Raw Food and the Raw movement are moving into mainstream and popping up in our cafés, take-outs and recipes. While we may love raw cacao balls, kale  smoothies or zucchini spaghetti, it’s hard to measure just how advantageous to health a Raw diet is. Do we have to go fully Raw for maximum health? Or is a little ok?

Juice is NOT the same as whole fruit

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: fibre, fruit, fruit juice, fruit sugars, healthyeating

Juice is NOT the same as whole fruit

Juice is not equivalent to fruit. In fact, juice is a far less healthy option than a real piece of fresh fruit. Despite the fact that freshly-squeezed juice has a health halo and is marketed as natural, nutritious and fat-free (thanks to the growing number of juice bars everywhere), juice is increasingly coming under fire for its significant content of fruit sugars and the fact that it’s so easy to over consume.

Product Snapshot: Cobram Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: Cobram, Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Product Snapshot, review, Taste test

Product Snapshot: Cobram Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) adds its own special magic to any dish. Full of tantalising flavour and aroma, it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. EVOO is the central component of the Mediterranean Diet which continues to top the charts for its longevity powers. It boasts a higher level of polyphenol antioxidants than regular olive oils and I love it drizzled over ripe tomatoes with basil or in a vinaigrette salad dressing. When I received a box of five fresh new season oils from Cobram, I invited a couple of foodie friends to do a blind olive oil tasting. Here’s how we rated the oils.

5 steps to calculate the Health Star Rating

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Student material
Tagged: food labels, healthy eating, healthy food, Healthy Star Rating, labelling

5 steps to calculate the Health Star Rating

The easy way to calculate the HSR is to use the online calculator but for those of you who want to see the workings in order to better understand this rating system, here is the explanation. Be warned – this is long and complicated. There are several steps which must be completed in sequence in order to assess a food.

The Worst 30 Foods for you to eat (beware)

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 08 October 2014. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: Healthy Star Rating, high fat, high salt, high sugar, junk food, sodium, Worst 30 foods

The Worst 30 Foods for you to eat (beware)

Using the new Health Star Rating I’ve calculated the numbers of stars that the worst 30 foods will get. However, you’re unlikely to ever see any star ratings on them because it’s a voluntary code. Think chocolate bars, pods, lollies, cheesy, salty snacks in a packet, choc cookies and soft drinks. Yes there are many more –and I’d love to hear your requests – but here we did the calculations for you on the ones that sprang to mind.

The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 01 October 2014. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: calories, juices, junk food, kilojoules, obesity, portion size, sedentary lifestyle, soft drinks

The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

Forget sugar as the sole villain. Don’t blame fat alone for the flab. Forget carbs as the culprit. There is no silver bullet for weight loss and there is no ONE single food or nutrient that can be blamed for our expanding waistlines. Nor ONE single reason for the decline in our physical activity levels. There are many and they’re different for each person who’s carrying excess weight. I’ve unearthed at least 13 possible causes but I’ll wager there are many more. So look down my list and tick off which of these 13 (unlucky for some) factors are responsible for your underlying problem. 

Product Snapshot: Hansells' All Natural Soup

Written by Foodwatch on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: flavours of the East, Hansells' soup, Product Snapshot, review, soup

Product Snapshot: Hansells' All Natural Soup

Guest post by Kathryn Hawkins (MDiet, APD,AN)

At the end of a long day there’s nothing more comforting than sitting down to a steaming bowl of soup. It really does seem to hit the spot! Hansells Food Group has released its new ‘All Natural Soup’ range with flavours from around the world. Packaged in rustic, wholesome-looking pouches and cups, with a panel across the front stating “100% Natural, no preservatives, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian” it certainly piqued my curiosity! So I decided to check them out for ease of preparation, nutritional profile and, of course, taste!