Carbs, sugars & fibres

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 Australia and Whole Foods in the UK. It is marketed as ‘unrefined panela cane sugar’ no doubt to snare us in our quest for all things unrefined, sustainable and more ‘natural’. The term ‘panela’ puzzled me so I’ve done a lot of checking up on it so you can get the facts here, quickly.

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

Sugar – the WHO and the what

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?...

19 May 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

How much whole grain should you eat ?

How much whole grain should you eat ?

It’s no secret that whole grain and high-fibre breads, cereals and grains are what we should be eating. We know they boast plenty...

21 April 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Easy ways to get whole grains into your meals

Easy ways to get whole grains into your meals

Whole grains shouldn’t be hard work. The two key foods to swap to whole grain are bread and breakfast cereal. These two will give...

18 April 2014 by Catherine Saxelby