Carbs, sugars & fibres

7 reasons whole grains are a MUST!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: bowel cancer, bran, bread, breakfast cereals, carbohydrates, carbs, crackers, fibre, healthy eating, starch, wellness, wheat bran, whole grains, wholemeal

7 reasons whole grains are a MUST!

Forget white bread and white rice. Whole grains are what we should be eating - something your grandmother would have told you!  Eating whole grain foods may help with all sorts of health problems. Personally, I love whole grains as they make me feel full without over-eating which makes it easier to manage my weight without dieting but if you want some really compelling reasons to switch keep reading.

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.

Honey - is it healthier than sugar?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: antioxidants, carbohydrates, carbs, fibre, GI, glycemic index, honey, sugar, sugar substitutes, sweet treats, sweeteners

Honey - is it healthier than sugar?

An amber fluid made by honey bees (Apis mellifera) from the nectar of flowers, honey has been ‘nature’s sweetener’ for centuries and is frequently marketed as ‘superior’ to sugar. Today we consume over 40 times more sugar than honey yet it remains a favourite flavouring in foods like honey cakes, sauces, breakfast cereals, honey-coated nuts, yoghurts and hams.  Here’s how it stacks up side by side with sugar.

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.

Q. Is Splenda artificial or made from sugar?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: healthy eating, splenda, sugar, sugar substitutes, sweet treats, sweetener, sweeteners

Q.  Is Splenda artificial or made from sugar?

THE QUESTION IN DETAIL
Q. Can you please tell me about the sweetener Splenda®. I believe it contains some artificial sweetener like maltodextrin, however it is promoted as being made from sugar.

Are syrups better for you than sugar?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 06 January 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: agave, carbohydrates, carbs, fructose, glycemic index, honey, sugar, sugar substitutes, sugary drinks, sweet treats, sweetener, sweeteners

Honey, agave and syrups

I'm often asked: is it worth swapping from sugar to an alternative sweet syrup such as honey or agave? The syrups are often pricier than sugar – think of maple syrup or agave or barley malt syrup at $9 or more for a slim 250ml bottle so do they deserve a place in your everyday eating? I thought I'd investigate 8 alternative sugar syrups to see if any would be healthier for me than ordinary sugar.

I’m often asked: is it worth swapping from sugar to an alternative sweet syrup such as honey or agave? The syrups are often pricier than sugar – think of maple syrup or agave or barley malt syrup at $9 or more for a slim 250ml bottle so do they deserve a place in your everyday eating? I thought I’d investigate 8 alternative sugar syrups to see if any would be healthier for me than ordinary sugar.

7 types of sugar - which is healthier?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: diabetes, GI, glycemic index, healthy eating, sugar

7 types of sugar - which is healthier?

Last week on the radio, the announcer asked me if there was a 'good' sugar – one that would satisfy her sweet tooth but that was 'healthier' than regular white sugar. She figured if there were 'good' carbs and 'bad' carbs there must be some sugars that would get the nod of approval from nutritionists. So I thought it might be helpful to list the many different types of sugar and whether they're any healthier for you or not. Here's my run down of the 7 key types: