September Foodwatch Newsletter - is gluten-free better for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: coeliac, Foodwatch Newsletter, gluten, gluten-free, healthy eating, newsletter, September, Subscribe

September Foodwatch Newsletter - is gluten-free better for you?

These days every second person you meet seems to be ordering a 'gluten-free' cookie with their latte or a slice of 'gluten-free' chocolate cake for dessert. Why? They are surely not all suffering from coeliac disease. In the September Foodwatch Newsletter we look at the rise of the 'gluten-free' food industry and tell you what gluten is, what it does and whether or not you need to avoid it.

Product Snapshot – Popcorners Snack food

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: chips, corn, Product Snapshot, review, snack, snack food

Product Snapshot – Popcorners Snack food

Can’t say “No” to a handful of potato crisps? Love the crunch of corn chips? Then you may well like the healthier option of Popcorners. Dubbed as “the new shape of popcorn” and “popped corn chips”, these triangle-shaped, crunchy chips are a lower-fat alternative to the humble potato chip but they’re not without their drawbacks. Here’s how I found them in a taste-test …

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: barley, barleymax, brown rice, healthy eating, Product Snapshot, review, rice

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

White rice – it’s bland, easy to eat, quick to cook, inexpensive and able to take on the flavours of anything. While it’s a nice counterpoint to other strong flavours, such as curries and spicy fare, white rice is not a nutritionist’s choice having been stripped of its nutrient-rich outer coat during milling. It’s high in refined carbs, high GI with little fibre and B vitamins for its digestion. Brown rice is the way to go …

Award-winning book offer - $10 off until 31st August 2014

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Bruce Chandler Book Prize, Food and Nutrition Companion, Save

Award-winning book offer - $10 off until 31st August 2014

Catherine Saxelby's Complete Food and Nutrition Companion: The Ultimate A - Z Guide, published by Hardie Grant, recently won the Bruce Chandler Prize for best food writing in an area related to nutrition and/or food technology and for the rest of August you can grab your copy at a bargain price using my $10 off coupon.

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in Additives & labels

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system ranks food products on a scale from half to five stars on the front of food packs. Like the energy rating you spot on fridges and washing machines, the more stars the better. Foods with five stars being the best nutritional choice.

It’s meant to help us decide whether or not to buy a packaged food product like a bar, cereal, bread or meal base, but how useful is it really?

My 5 best foodie experiences in Sardinia

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 15 August 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: Mediterranean, Mediterranean diet, Sardinia

My 5 best foodie experiences in Sardinia

In June I went on the holiday of a lifetime - a 10-night group tour of Sardinia and Corsica with the bubbly Maeve O’Meara of the Gourmet Safaris fame. It was a wonderful foodie experience and I wanted to share my highlights with you - not to brag but to share what I experienced (in case you’re thinking about travelling there) and to reflect on the famed Mediterranean Diet, which is currently held up as the pinnacle of healthy eating the world over.

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, fibre, healthy eating, high fibre, muesli, review

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Better known for its puffs, pops, flakes and sugary cereals, Kellogg's has never gone into the muesli market. It's copped a lot of criticism for its pre-sweetened cereals aimed at kids and recently for its liquid breakfasts so I was quite surprised to receive a sample of its new High-Fibre Muesli under the better-for-you All-Bran brand which has long held reign as the cereal you reach for when you want the most fibre.

August Foodwatch Newsletter - the amazingly diverse world of yoghurt!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: August, Foodwatch Newsletter, healthy eating, newsletter, Product review, Subscribe, Yoghurt

August Foodwatch Newsletter - the amazingly diverse world of yoghurt!

I'm guessing most of us have some yoghurt in the fridge. Whether it be full fat, low fat, no-fat, plain, fruit, sweetened, no-added sugar, pot set, cow's milk, goat's milk or soy we all seem to find a place for yoghurt in our diets. But how much do you know about yoghurt? Read the August edition of the Foodwatch newsletter to find out.