With a site as big as the Foodwatch site and a subject as complex as nutrition we thought it would be a good idea to collect some of our related posts into one spot to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. This collection of antioxidant posts is just such a post.
Bread has been under attack in recent times thanks to the grain-free diets beloveded by “Paleo passionates” as well as the ever-increasing popular trend away from gluten, the main protein of the two basic grain flours used in bread – wheat and rye. So when I spotted new “lower-carb” loaves at my supermarket, I could see how one company, Helga’s, had decided to counter these attacks. I decided to tuck in and check them out.
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 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.
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!
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 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.”
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.