Have you heard of the new Health Star Rating (HSR) system? Yes, it's yet another in those on-pack labels meant to help us identify what's good for us and what's not. There have been several attempts over the years to produce systems of package labelling that will make it easier for consumers to see 'at a glance' whether or not a food is healthy. So far we have had the %DI thumbnails, traffic light mobile phone apps and now we are getting Health Star Ratings (HSR). So just what do HSRs mean?
These days every second person you meet seems to be ordering a 'gluten-free' cookie with their latte or a slice of 'gluten-free' chocolate cake for dessert. Why? They are surely not all suffering from coeliac disease. In the September Foodwatch Newsletter we look at the rise of the 'gluten-free' food industry and tell you what gluten is, what it does and whether or not you need to avoid it.
Catherine Saxelby's Complete Food and Nutrition Companion: The Ultimate A - Z Guide, published by Hardie Grant, recently won the Bruce Chandler Prize for best food writing in an area related to nutrition and/or food technology and for the rest of August you can grab your copy at a bargain price using my $10 off coupon.
I'm guessing most of us have some yoghurt in the fridge. Whether it be full fat, low fat, no-fat, plain, fruit, sweetened, no-added sugar, pot set, cow's milk, goat's milk or soy we all seem to find a place for yoghurt in our diets. But how much do you know about yoghurt? Read the August edition of the Foodwatch newsletter to find out.
Do you find it hard to buy anything vaguely healthy when you're on the road? Lost in a sea of chips and nugget and the greasies? Hate the kids pestering for fast food? Our regular EatKit chat on Twitter was a great success on Wed 20 Aug and we had a great roll-up of dietitians, nutritionists, foodies, teachers, chefs and parents to talk about this important topic.
Do you suffer with tummy troubles or indigestion such as bloating, wind or pain? Plagued by diarrhoea and sometimes constipation? Our regular EatKit chat on Twitter was held on Wed 16 July and we had a great meeting of friendly dietitians, nutritionists, foodies, teachers, chefs and people interested in IBS or bloating.