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.

Paleo – a great place to start but needs a tweak

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: diet, healthy eating, Paleo diet, weight loss

Paleo – a great place to start but needs a tweak

Paleo Diet Road Test

I’ve never been wild about the Paleo Diet, I must admit. It’s never seemed right that we humans haven’t ‘evolved’ from our caveman days, nor our food either. I mean carrots today aren’t the same as the thin, bland, lacklustre carrots of our hunter-gatherer ancestors; meat from domesticated animals raised by mass production methods, even if grass-fed, is not wild bison, buffalo or kangaroo roaming the plains; fruit is juicier, veggies are less bitter etc.

 

Q. How do I get my kids to eat vegetables?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 12 February 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: children, colours, dinners, family, family fare, fussy eaters, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids, nutrition, vegetables

Q. How do I get my kids to eat vegetables?

A. It's hard work! But it pays to be persistent. Over the years, I've worked out a number of techniques to help parents and used them on our kids when they were younger (and we had one of the world's fussiest eaters in our daughter!). 

The February 2104 Foodwatch Newsletter is all about fasting

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Calorie Restriction, Fast diet, Fasting, Foodwatch Newsletter, Intermittent Fasting, newsletter, Product review

The February 2104 Foodwatch Newsletter is all about fasting

The February issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter takes a look at fasting, ancient and modern, from the traditional fasts of Lent, Ramadan and Yom Kippur to the modern versions of fasting like Calorie Restriction, intermittent fasting and the 5:2 or Fast Diet. It’ll be quite a ride so hang on…

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