Q. Are waxed apples harmful to eat?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 04 April 2014. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, fresh, fresh foods, fresh markets, freshfruit, wellness

Q. Are waxed apples harmful to eat?

Q.  Can you tell me if the wax on the skin of apples is bad for me?

Q. I’ve heard my 20 something, backpacking children speak of the BRAT diet for gastro. What is it?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: Applesauce, Bananas, BRAT diet, BRATCH, BRATT, BRATTY, diarrhoea, healthy cooking, healthy eating, Rice, tips, Toast, travelling

Q. I’ve heard my 20 something, backpacking children speak of the BRAT diet for gastro.  What is it?

The BRAT diet was originally used to treat diarrhoea in children. However it is now recommended that it should only be used for 24 hours and children should resume their normal diet after this period as it doesn’t provide enough protein and other nutrients to help a child recover from illness.

Resistant starch - the newest fibre

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 31 March 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: bowel cancer, carbohydrates, carbs, fibre, laxatives, potatoes, resistant starch, starch

Resistant starch - the newest fibre

Until recently nutritionists believed that the starch from cereals, breads, pasta and potatoes was completely broken down and absorbed from the small intestine - that's the uppermost part of the bowel just after the stomach and is where most of our digestion occurs. Dietary fibre was the only food component that was believed to enter the large intestine.

EatKit Archive: Avocados

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Sunday, 30 March 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: diet meals, dieting, diets, healthy cooking, healthy recipes, trends, Twitter, vegetables, vegetarian

EatKit Archive: Avocados

Here is the archive of tweets from our interesting online Twitter chat. This month we talked about what's good and what's not about avocados (hint: there's not much that's bad). Scroll through the Archive from our lively, fun online chat from March 2014.

Eatkit is run in conjunction with dietitian Emma Stirling from ScoopNutrition

EatKit Archive: KALE AND GREEN VEGETABLES

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Sunday, 30 March 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: EatKit, food acid, food trends, Foodwatch website, healthy cooking, healthy recipes, herbs, trends, Twitter, vegetables

EatKit Archive: KALE AND GREEN VEGETABLES

We had a great chat with a group of friendly practical dietitians, foodies, teachers and chefs on Twitter called EatKit. We talked about the latest craze for kale (the green veg) and whether it's hit your stores and whether it helps you eat more of the good stuff! Scroll down and read our archive from the night.

Q. Which bran is best – wheat bran or oat bran?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 28 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: bran, breakfast, breakfast cereals, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, constipation, fibre, healthyeating, oat bran, water, wheat bran

Q. Which bran is best – wheat bran or oat bran?

A. All types of bran are concentrated sources of fibre, being the outer fibrous layers of a grain. They are all useful but act in different ways in the body. At over 40 per cent fibre, wheat bran has the highest fibre content and is rich in insoluble fibre. It is a good choice for a healthy digestive system and is best at preventing constipation.

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: bran, breakfast, breakfast cereals, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, fibre, healthyeating, healthyheart, wheat bran

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

A. Yes. The outer husks from the seeds of Psyllium (Plantago ovato) are effective at lowering both the total cholesterol and the 'bad' LDL-cholesterol, as it's very concentrated in soluble fibre (with 70 per cent soluble fibre, it contains around 8 times more than oat bran which hit the headlines some years ago for the same reason). Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol by binding to the ‘bad' cholesterol and taking it out of the body.

Q. I eat a lot of fish for their omega-3 – should I worry about mercury?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 24 March 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: fats, fish, healthyeating, mercury, omega-3

Q. I eat a lot of fish for their omega-3 – should I worry about mercury?

THE QUESTION IN FULL

Q. I have heard that there are high mercury levels in fish. Yet I also read that some fish are the best source of omega-3. I love eating salmon (both canned & fresh Atlantic) and canned tuna. I probably have about 5 serves a week. Do I need to be concerned about the mercury levels here in Australia?