Resistant starch - the newest fibre

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 31 March 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: bowel cancer, carbohydrates, carbs, fibre, laxatives, potatoes, resistant starch, starch

Resistant starch - the newest fibre

Until recently nutritionists believed that the starch from cereals, breads, pasta and potatoes was completely broken down and absorbed from the small intestine - that's the uppermost part of the bowel just after the stomach and is where most of our digestion occurs. Dietary fibre was the only food component that was believed to enter the large intestine.

EatKit Archive: Avocados

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Sunday, 30 March 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: diet meals, dieting, diets, healthy cooking, healthy recipes, trends, Twitter, vegetables, vegetarian

EatKit Archive: Avocados

Here is the archive of tweets from our interesting online Twitter chat. This month we talked about what's good and what's not about avocados (hint: there's not much that's bad). Scroll through the Archive from our lively, fun online chat from March 2014.

Eatkit is run in conjunction with dietitian Emma Stirling from ScoopNutrition

EatKit Archive: KALE AND GREEN VEGETABLES

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Sunday, 30 March 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: EatKit, food acid, food trends, Foodwatch website, healthy cooking, healthy recipes, herbs, trends, Twitter, vegetables

EatKit Archive: KALE AND GREEN VEGETABLES

We had a great chat wtih a group of friendly practical dietitians, foodies, teachers and chefs on Twitter called EatKit. We talked about the latest craze for kale (the green veg) and whether it's hit your stores and whether it helps you eat more of the good stuff! Scroll down and read our archive from the night.

Q. Which bran is best – wheat bran or oat bran?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 28 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: bran, breakfast, breakfast cereals, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, constipation, fibre, healthyeating, oat bran, water, wheat bran

Q. Which bran is best – wheat bran or oat bran?

A. All types of bran are concentrated sources of fibre, being the outer fibrous layers of a grain. They are all useful but act in different ways in the body. At over 40 per cent fibre, wheat bran has the highest fibre content and is rich in insoluble fibre. It is a good choice for a healthy digestive system and is best at preventing constipation.

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: bran, breakfast, breakfast cereals, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, fibre, healthyeating, healthyheart, wheat bran

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

A. Yes. Psyllium is very effective at lowering cholesterol, as it's very concentrated in soluble fibre (it contains around 8 times more than oat bran which hit the headlines some years ago for the same reason). Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol by binding to the ‘bad' cholesterol and taking it out of the body.

Q. I eat a lot of fish for their omega-3 – should I worry about mercury?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 24 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: fats, fish, healthyeating, mercury, omega-3

Q. I eat a lot of fish for their omega-3 – should I worry about mercury?

THE QUESTION IN FULL

Q. I have heard that there are high mercury levels in fish. Yet I also read that some fish are the best source of omega-3. I love eating salmon (both canned & fresh Atlantic) and canned tuna. I probably have about 5 serves a week. Do I need to be concerned about the mercury levels here in Australia?

Q. Which cheeses should I avoid to steer clear of Listeria?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 21 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: healthyeating, listeria, pregnancy

Q. Which cheeses should I avoid to steer clear of Listeria?

THE QUESTION IN DETAIL

Q. I am pregnant and wonder how do I know which cheeses are okay to eat? Help!

A. Whilst rare, Listeria is a real concern during pregnancy. Listeria (technically Listeria monocytogenes) is a microorganism that may cause an infection called listeriosis due to the consumption of contaminated food.

Q. If you don't drink wine, can you get the same antioxidants from purple grapes or dark grape juice?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 19 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: alcohol, alcoholic drinks, antioxidants, redwine, whitewine, wine

Q. If you don't drink wine, can you get the same antioxidants from purple grapes or dark grape juice?

A. Red wine seems to have the edge over grapes and grape juice for a couple of reasons. Firstly you need to know that the antioxidants in grapes and wine are known as phenolic compounds (as their structure is based on phenol). In grapes, these phenolic compounds are located largely in the skins and seeds.