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.

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Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Foodwatch Newsletter, newsletter, Product review, Subscribe, What's new

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Q. Do herbs give you much in the way of nutrition?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 17 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: antioxidants, flavours, fresh food, fresh foods, healthy cooking, healthyeating, herbs, polyphenols

Q. Do herbs give you much in the way of nutrition?

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Q. We eat so many herbs and spices in sauces and other such dishes. Despite the fact that we eat them in small amounts, are there any nutritional benefits from eating them? So is coriander good for you? Rosemary? Nutmeg?

Q. Is red wine actually good for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 14 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: alcohol, antioxidants, healthyeating, polyphenols, redwine, wine

Q.  Is red wine actually good for you?

A. All alcohol, including red wine, has risks and benefits.

In small quantities - which means one glass a day for women - red wine is beneficial for your heart, thanks to its high level of grape antioxidants known as polyphenols. The French Paradox has proven that red wine is a 'heart protector' even when your diet is high in saturated fat from cheese, pate and pastries.

Q. Are there any hangover cures that actually work?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: alcohol, alcoholic drinks, dehydration, drinks, hangover, headache, vomiting

Q. Are there any hangover cures that actually work?

A. Everyone has their own hangover remedy but there is little research to show that any actually work. However any help that minimises the pounding head, nausea or vomiting the morning after is always welcome!

Q. Is carob better for you than chocolate?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 07 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: caffeine, carob, chocolate, cravings, fat, heathyeating, sugar

Q.  Is carob better for you than chocolate?

A. In truth, there's not much between them. It all depends on how you consume them. First I'd like to contrast carob with cocoa powder ...

Q. Is it true that the acidophilus in yoghurt is so unstable that it can be destroyed on the short unrefrigerated trip home from the supermarket?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 05 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: foodstorage, healthyeating, superfoods, yoghurt

Q. Is it true that the acidophilus in yoghurt is so unstable that it can be destroyed on the short unrefrigerated trip home from the supermarket?

A. No. According to a major yoghurt manufacturer, you would have to leave the yoghurt in your car for 24 hours at a temperature of 100°F or 37°C or higher to kill the 'friendly bacteria'. The average trip home of 15 or 20 minutes would not do that. Still high temperatures may cause the total number of bacteria to decline.