What is riboflavin (vitamin B2)?

on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: B2, bread, breakfast cereals, energy, grains, liver, riboflavin, vitamins, yeast

What is riboflavin (vitamin B2)?

Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2 as it was the second substance shown to be essential for human health (after Vitamin B1), is a water-soluble vitamin. It is the vitamin responsible for the yellow-orange colour of fizzy multi-B vitamin supplements and for turning your urine a bright yellow-green colour.

My lunch at Tanya’s Raw Food Café in Chelsea, London

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: foodie, fresh, fresh foods, raw food diet, raw foods, raw vegetables, vegetables

My lunch at Tanya’s Raw Food Café in Chelsea, London

A 100% Raw Food Diet isn’t for me but I do love how the raw kitchen methods make any veges and salads seem so attractive and enticing. Often I’m gob-smacked by the tantalising no-cook dishes that emerge as main meals such as zucchini noodles, marinated raw vegetables, interesting salads, tangy salsas, pesto sauces, guacamole, fermented vegetables, cold-pressed juices and green smoothies. Oh and not forgetting those sweet, raw, cacao bombs and raw cheese cakes.

How to create your own Ingredient List

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: Food labels, Ingredients, Labelling

How to create your own Ingredient List

Ever wondered how food manufacturers work out their long lists of ingredients? You know those lists of what’s in the packet or jar that are in small font buried somewhere on the back of the label? I decided to work out my own Ingredient List after cooking up a batch of tomato chutney at the end of summer when tomatoes were cheap, ripe and plentiful.

November Foodwatch Newsletter - what App is that?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Apps, Foodwatch Newsletter, newsletter, November, nutrition, Nutrition Apps, Subscribe

November Foodwatch Newsletter - what App is that?

These days there are Apps for just about everything and nutrition is no exception. This month we'll be reviewing some of the more popular and interesting food and nutrition Apps that you can access via your mobile phone, iPad or tablet.

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: carbs, fat, fruit sugars, healthy weight loss, high fat, high sugar, sugar, weight, weight loss

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Is sugar the culprit? Is sugar to blame as the major cause of obesity, diabetes and insulin sensitivity? I argue that it’s not JUST sugar. It’s that ubiquitous mix of sugar with fats and starches along with flavourings, colours and additives that makes packet and processed foods so deadly. So attractive and more-ish to eat. Yes we eat too much sugar but sugar is just ONE of our problems, not THE ONLY problem.

EatKit Nov 2014 - Chewing over the Raw Diet

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: chips, eating out, EatKit, fast food, Foodwatch website, take-away, Twitter

EatKit Nov 2014 - Chewing over the Raw Diet

Green smoothies, kale salads, bliss balls, marinated veges, activated almonds, chia puddings, coconut milk and alkaliniser drinks. These trademark foodie icons of Raw Food and the Raw movement are moving into mainstream and popping up in our cafés, take-outs and recipes. While we may love raw cacao balls, kale  smoothies or zucchini spaghetti, it’s hard to measure just how advantageous to health a Raw diet is. Do we have to go fully Raw for maximum health? Or is a little ok?

Juice is NOT the same as whole fruit

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: fibre, fruit, fruit juice, fruit sugars, healthyeating

Juice is NOT the same as whole fruit

Juice is not equivalent to fruit. In fact, juice is a far less healthy option than a real piece of fresh fruit. Despite the fact that freshly-squeezed juice has a health halo and is marketed as natural, nutritious and fat-free (thanks to the growing number of juice bars everywhere), juice is increasingly coming under fire for its significant content of fruit sugars and the fact that it’s so easy to over consume.

Product Snapshot: Cobram Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: Cobram, Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Product Snapshot, review, Taste test

Product Snapshot: Cobram Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) adds its own special magic to any dish. Full of tantalising flavour and aroma, it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. EVOO is the central component of the Mediterranean Diet which continues to top the charts for its longevity powers. It boasts a higher level of polyphenol antioxidants than regular olive oils and I love it drizzled over ripe tomatoes with basil or in a vinaigrette salad dressing. When I received a box of five fresh new season oils from Cobram, I invited a couple of foodie friends to do a blind olive oil tasting. Here’s how we rated the oils.