Measures and conversions

Q. Can you explain how unit pricing works?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 16 December 2013. Posted in Measures and conversions
Tagged: budget, unit pricing

Q. Can you explain how unit pricing works?

A. Unit pricing makes it easy for you to compare the price and value of similar foods against the same weight or volume. On the shelf label next to the actual price, you'll now spot the price per kg, per 100 grams, per kilo, per 100ml, per litre or per item for a multi-pack.

How to convert sodium to salt (and salt to sodium)

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 06 August 2010. Posted in Measures and conversions
Tagged: conversions, food labels, salt, sodium

How to convert sodium to salt (and salt to sodium)

Nutritionists suggest we cut back on salt but it's sodium you'll see listed on food labels and on any recommended daily intakes. So what's the difference and how can you convert sodium into salt? And vice versa?

What's a standard drink

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 15 June 2010. Posted in Measures and conversions
Tagged: alcoholic drinks, drinks, measures, standard drink

What's a standard drink

A standard drink is any drink containing 10 grams of alcohol (or 12.5ml pure alcohol). One standard drink always contains the same amount of alcohol regardless of the size of the glass or the type of alcohol (beer, wine or spirit). A standard drink means:

How to convert kilojoules to calories

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 30 September 2009. Posted in Measures and conversions
Tagged: calories, conversions, dieting, diets, energy, fat loss, food labels, FSANZ, kilojoules, nutrients, technology

How to convert kilojoules to calories

 Just like yards became metres and pounds became grams, so calories have become kilojoules. Kilojoules are the metric equivalent of calories and have replaced calories in almost all countries. Yet they're very confusing, especially to my US visitors who have always only known calories (lucky for me, I grew up with calories then had to learn kilojoules!)

Standard serve sizes from the AGHE

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Sunday, 01 March 2009. Posted in Measures and conversions
Tagged: guides, healthy eating, measures, portion size, standard serves

Standard serve sizes from the AGHE

What is a standard serve?  When nutritionists talk about a "serve of vegetables", exactly how much do they mean?  Is it a cup or a couple of spoonfuls? Check out the official list of standard serves from the 2011 draft of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating so you know how much is meant.