Fats and Oils

My visit to see the Cobram Estate olive harvest

My visit to see the Cobram Estate olive harvest

I’m a great fan of extra virgin olive oil so was delighted to have the chance to fly to the Boundary Bend olive grove in Mildura in Northern Victoria to see the olive harvest in full swing. With its cold winters and long hot growing season, this is an ideal dry Mediterranean-esque climate, and you can see how well their trees thrive along the banks of the Murray River. I had plenty of opportunity to ask questions about oil types and update my knowledge, so wanted to share this experience...

20 May 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Is the body unable to absorb calcium without fat?

Q. Is the body unable to absorb calcium without fat?

The question in full: Q. I recently read a newspaper article which stated that the body is unable to absorb calcium without the...

27 January 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

 Q. What fish are oily and what is the best way to cook them to preserve their nutrients?

Q. What fish are oily and what is the best way to cook them to preserve their nutrients?

A. Eating oily fish twice a week is recommended for your overall good health, especially for your heart and blood. Oily fish...

3 January 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Is grapeseed oil good for lowering cholesterol, or should I stick to olive and macadamia nut oil?

Q. Is grapeseed oil good for lowering cholesterol, or should I stick to olive and macadamia nut oil?

A. All nut and seed oils give us the healthy fats important for keeping cholesterol in check. Grapeseed oil is a good oil, rich in...

30 December 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. What's better - nuts eaten whole or as spread?

Q. What's better - nuts eaten whole or as spread?

Q. I have read in some nutrition websites a couple of times that although a handful of nuts per day is good, nut butters (e.g. peanut...

23 December 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. I’ve seen DHA on food labels. What is it and where do I find it?

Q. I’ve seen DHA on food labels. What is it and where do I find it?

A. DHA stands for DocosaHexaenoic Acid and is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that is a special component of our eyes, brain and...

25 November 2013 by Catherine Saxelby