Red wine is good for you – fact or fantasy?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: alcohol, antioxidants, healthyeating, polyphenols, red wine, wine

Red wine is good for you – fact or fantasy?

 New research has thrown the “red wine is the reason for the French Paradox” and the “red wine is good for you” theories into doubt. A research paper published in the JAMA Internal Medicine reported on a study of older adults in the Chianti region of Italy (famous for its red wine) and whether or not the resveratrol, the polyphenol found in the red wine they consume, affected their longevity and health.

Protein powders – what are they and do you need them?

on Thursday, 12 June 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: high protein, protein, protein powder

Protein powders – what are they and do you need them?

Protein is essential for our bodies. It is needed for growth, reproduction and healing as well as supporting a healthy immune system. Protein also helps to keep us satisfied for longer after a meal which is one of the reasons the high protein, low-carb diet is popular.

The June Foodwatch Newsletter explains those tricky terms

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: diet, fat-free, Foodwatch Newsletter, insulin, inulin, June, light, lite, low fat, newsletter, prebiotic, probiotic, Product review, Subscribe, terminology, What's new

The June Foodwatch Newsletter explains those tricky terms

This month’s newsletter is all about those confusing terms you may read on pack labels, in articles or hear about in the news, in TV ads or on the web. It can be very confusing. Especially when you’re reading the ingredient lists of food packs. In the June Foodwatch Newsletter you'll find short, clear answers to what’s what so you are better informed and your next trivia game will be a winner!

What is thiamin (vitamin B1)?

on Wednesday, 04 June 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: bread, breakfast cereals, energy, grains, vitamins

What is thiamin (vitamin B1)?

Thiamin is one of the B group of vitamins and is known as B1 because it was the first of them to be discovered. It helps your cells release energy from carbohydrates and maintains the health of your nervous and digestive systems. It’s popular these days as a hangover remedy and for “executive stress” due to its “theoretical effects” on mood and mental performance. It is water-soluble and so can be leached into the cooking water and lost.

The Australian Health Survey – what is it and what did it find?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Posted in Student material
Tagged: 2011 - 12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, Australian Nation Health Survey, guides, healthy eating

The Australian Health Survey – what is it and what did it find?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released The Australian Health Survey which analysed data from over 12,000 Australians from the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS). The ABS website states that “It presents results from a 24-hour dietary recall of food, beverages and dietary supplements, as well as general information on dietary behaviours.”

What do GI and GL mean and what’s the difference between them?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 27 May 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: GI, GL, glycaemic index, glycaemic load, glycemic index, glycemic load, healthy eating, low GI, whole grain, wholemeal, wholewheat

What do GI and GL mean and what’s the difference between them?

GI stands for Glycaemic Index and GL, Glycaemic Load. These two terms can be confusing. GI seems to have been around for ages and people are comfortable checking the GI of the foods they eat, but GL? In this post I try to demystify these two terms for you so you can make an informed choice when deciding what you should eat, especially if you have diabetes.

Product Review: Love Beets

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 23 May 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: beetroot, canned food, canned foods, convenience, fibre, healthy eating, Love Beets, review, reviews, salad, salads, vegetables

Product Review: Love Beets

I’m a fan of beetroot and love it in salads – imagine whole cooked beets tossed through mint leaves, coriander, orange segments, radish and pearl couscous. Yum. And there’s nothing more Aussie than a slice of that purple root peeping out of a burger or steak sandwich. So when I received a sample of the new Love Beets vacuum-sealed, whole cooked, baby beetroots, I had to “give them a go”.

Sugar – the WHO and the what

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 19 May 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: healthy eating, Recommended Daily Allowance, serve sizes, sugar, WHO, World Health Organization

Sugar – the WHO and the what

Recently there has been a flurry of media attention on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Draft Sugars Guideline. So what is it? On 3 March 2014 WHO held a press conference where they announced they were opening up for discussion the Draft Sugars Guideline which would continue to propose that sugars should make up less than 10 per cent of total daily energy intake (measured in kilojoules or calories).