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). 

Want to live longer? What should you eat?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 16 May 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: healthy eating, longevity, moderation

Want to live longer? What should you eat?

According to the latest research published in the journal of Cell Metabolism by scientists at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, the optimal longevity diet is one “with moderate amounts of high quality protein (around 15 to 20 percent of total calorie intake), that is relatively low in fat and high in good quality complex carbohydrates…”

The May Foodwatch Newsletter is out now!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 13 May 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: enoki, Foodwatch Newsletter, Greenstar Apples, May, Mushrooms, newsletter, oyster, Product review, shiitake, shimeji, Subscribe, What's new

The May Foodwatch Newsletter is out now!

There's not 'mushroom' in this month's newsletter - sorry, couldn't resist! Our newsletter for May is packed full of useful and interesting information about mushrooms in all their gorgeous variety. Have you ever seen strange looking fungi in the supermarket and wondered what they were and what on earth you would do with them - we tell you!

Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 09 May 2014. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: balanced diet, CSIRO, CSIRO Diet, diet, healthy weight loss, high protein, weight loss

Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

The best-selling CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has come under scrutiny over the validity of its research and the concern that a diet high in meat can lead to bowel cancer, which is one of the more common cancers at present in Australia. CSIRO has also been criticised for lending its name to a diet book as they are the country's national research agency.