Honey - is it healthier than sugar?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: antioxidants, carbohydrates, carbs, fibre, GI, glycemic index, honey, sugar, sugar substitutes, sweet treats, sweeteners

Honey - is it healthier than sugar?

An amber fluid made by honey bees (Apis mellifera) from the nectar of flowers, honey has been ‘nature’s sweetener’ for centuries and is frequently marketed as ‘superior’ to sugar. Today we consume over 40 times more sugar than honey yet it remains a favourite flavouring in foods like honey cakes, sauces, breakfast cereals, honey-coated nuts, yoghurts and hams.  Here’s how it stacks up side by side with sugar.

Q. Could you explain how green long-life bags work?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 28 February 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: convenience, fresh, fresh food, fresh foods, fresh markets, fresh vs frozen, freshfruit, fruit, healthy eating, storagelife, vegetables, vegetarian

Q. Could you explain how green long-life bags work?

THE QUESTION IN FULL

Q. Could you explain how green long life bags or pods work? And do fruit and vegetables kept in them really have the same nutritional properties as fresh-fresh?

Q. What do the “May contain traces” statements mean on food and can my allergic child have them?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 26 February 2014. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, allergies, allergy, labelling, labels, nuts

Q. What do the “May contain traces” statements mean on food and can my allergic child have them?

A. The statement 'May contain traces of ..." is put onto food labels when manufacturers believe that the food is at risk of contamination from a problem ingredient such as peanuts or fish (called an allergen). This usually arises when nut-free biscuits, say, are baked on the same line as biscuits that have peanuts. Despite their best efforts to clean the production line, you can never rule out the chance that a small piece of peanut from one batch may accidentally get into another batch or dough.

Q. Which is correct? To put hot food in the fridge or to leave it cooling on the bench?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 24 February 2014. Posted in Healthy cooking

Q. Which is correct? To put hot food in the fridge or to leave it cooling on the bench?

Q. It used to be a no-no to put hot food into the fridge because it raises the temperature inside the fridge. But we're also told not to leave food cooling on the bench as this allows bacteria to multiply. Which is correct?

Q. How useful are zinc lozenges for stopping colds?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 24 February 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: cold, common cold, vitamin c, vitamins, zinc

Q.  How useful are zinc lozenges for stopping colds?

A. The cure for the common cold remains elusive, however that doesn't stop the list of ‘cures' from growing longer each winter. To date, this list has included tea with lemon and honey, garlic, chicken soup, megadoses of vitamin C, echinacea, and in the last few years zinc.

EatKit Archive: FOODS, FLAVOURS, CUISINES, DIETS: WHAT'S HOT IN 2014.

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: diet meals, dieting, diets, healthy cooking, healthy recipes, trends, Twitter, vegetables, vegetarian

EatKit Archive: FOODS, FLAVOURS, CUISINES, DIETS: WHAT'S HOT IN 2014.

Here is the archive of tweets from our interesting online Twitter chat. This month we had a stab at predicting what will be the hot new foods and ingredients for the coming year. Scroll through the Archive from our lively, fun online chat from 19 Feb 2014.

Eatkit is run in conjunction with dietitian Emma Stirling from ScoopNutrition

Q Are sports drinks the best thing to drink if you want to rehydrate in hot weather?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: exercise, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, hydration, sports drinks, sugar, sugary drinks

Q Are sports drinks the best thing to drink if you want to rehydrate in hot weather?

A. It all depends. Sports drinks or electrolyte drinks are effective at rehydrating as they contain lowish levels of sugars (sucrose plus glucose) combinesd with electrolytes (potassium, sodium and sometimes magnesium). This combination has been shown to enhance absorption of fluid INTO the body and is superior to drinking water alone.

Q. Is sugar absorbed more rapidly than starchy foods?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 14 February 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: GI, glycemic index, healthy eating, starch, sugar

Q. Is sugar absorbed more rapidly than starchy foods?

A. It all depends on which type of starchy food you're comparing sugar to.

We used to think that starches were long ‘complex' molecules that took longer to be broken down by the body. Sugar was viewed as ‘simple' and considered to be easy and quick to digest and absorb.

Now, thanks to years of research about the Glycaemic index or GI, we realise this view of simple vs complex is over simplified.