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

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!

My 5 best foodie experiences in Corsica

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: food trends, foodie, French, French diet, fresh, fresh foods, fresh fruit, fresh markets, freshfruit, healthy heart, honey, Mediterranean, Mediterranean diet, travelling, vegetables

My 5 best foodie experiences in Corsica

I spent a few nights in Corsica when travelling on one of Maeve O’Meara’s Gourmet Safari tours in 2014. As you can imagine, it was a great foodie experience heightened by the fact that I’d always hankered to see Corsica, home of the great Napoleon Bonaparte. With its rugged coastline, towering cliffs and dense maquis bush, Corsica proved to be everything wild and wonderful as well as the source of many fine foods and local produce as you’ll see...

My brunch at Ottolenghi’s NOPI Restaurant in Soho, London

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: celebrity chefs, eating out, food trends, foodie, Israeli, London, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Ottolenghi, reviews

My brunch at Ottolenghi’s NOPI Restaurant in Soho, London

Tucked away in a side street in Soho is NOPI, one of Ottolenghi’s two restaurants in London (the other is in Islington). Along with his two deli outlets in Notting Hill and Belgravia, the restaurants form a thriving food business based on the delicious things he’s cooked on his TV shows.

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 …