Additives & labels

What is inulin?

What is inulin?

You’ve seen it on the labels of liquid breakfasts, meal replacement shakes, protein drinks, muesli bars and high-fibre yoghurts. You’ve almost certainly already eaten it but what the heck is inulin? Why is it used and where does it come from?

11 February 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

How to create your own Ingredient List

How to create your own Ingredient List

Ever wondered how food manufacturers work out their long lists of ingredients? You know those lists of what’s in the packet or jar...

12 November 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Is sugar the culprit? Is sugar to blame as the major cause of obesity, diabetes and insulin sensitivity? I argue that it’s not JUST...

5 November 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

The Worst 30 Foods for you to eat (beware)

The Worst 30 Foods for you to eat (beware)

Using the new Health Star Rating I’ve calculated the numbers of stars that the worst 30 foods will get. However, you’re unlikely...

8 October 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system ranks food products on a scale from half to five stars on the front of food packs. Like the...

18 August 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. How come many of the cans in my cupboard have no use-by dates on them?

Q. How come many of the cans in my cupboard have no use-by dates on them?

THE QUESTION IN FULL Q. I checked my kitchen cupboard and couldn't find Use-by dates on half of my canned foods. Even on a can of...

2 May 2014 by Catherine Saxelby