Carbs, sugars & fibres

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) - 10 things I’ve learned about it

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) - 10 things I’ve learned about it

High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is a controversial ingredient with a nasty reputation. On the one hand, shoppers avoid it in the belief that it’s somehow ‘dangerous’. Many are of the opinion that since it replaced sugar over 40 years ago, it has contributed to the huge rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and fatty infiltration of the liver. In the opposing corner, manufacturers say it’s no different to sugar and that it’s not the culprit. Here’s what I...

2 September 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

Sugar vs sugars

Sugar vs sugars

Two words, differentiated only by a single letter: ‘s’. However, this one little letter actually makes a lot of difference,...

12 August 2015 by Megan Cameron-Lee

WHO Sugar Guideline 2015: What does it mean for you?

WHO Sugar Guideline 2015: What does it mean for you?

You’ve probably seen the barrage of sugar-free recipes springing up all over the Internet recently. Or even read some of the...

11 June 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

What exactly is panela?

What exactly is panela?

I keep hearing about panela and seeing packets of soft brown, sand-like crystals sold in health food stores like About Life in...

8 April 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar

Hardly a week passes without my being asked about coconut. Coconut fat, coconut water, coconut yoghurt and lately coconut sugar. Is...

10 December 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

What do GI and GL mean and what’s the difference between them?

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...

27 May 2014 by Catherine Saxelby