Articles tagged with: healthy eating

Q. How does eating a piece of fresh fruit, such as an orange, compare to drinking the juice after squeezing by hand?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 20 February 2015. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: antioxidants, fibre, healthy eating, juice, vitamins

Q. How does eating a piece of fresh fruit, such as an orange, compare to drinking the juice after squeezing by hand?

A. The juice has the same level of vitamins, minerals and plant antioxidants as in the original fruit. Only the fibre is reduced as this is usually left behind after juicing. Yes you can add back any pulp from the juicer, so you get closer to the full complement of nutrients as in the whole fruit but it’s still not the same thing as eating that whole orange.

What is niacin (vitamin B3)?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: health, healthy eating, nutrition, vitamins

What is niacin (vitamin B3)?

Niacin is the common name for the two compounds, nicotinic acid and nicotinamide (or niacinamide) and is often referred to as vitamin B3. It is vital for your health and is one of the most commonly added “fortication vitamins” found in foods such as breakfast cereals and breads.

This salad is a real BBQ super star!

Written by Guest post on Wednesday, 14 January 2015. Posted in Healthy cooking
Tagged: foodie, health, healthy cooking, healthy eating, healthy recipes, salad

This salad is a real BBQ super star!

We all love a BBQ in summer but they're often meat-heavy and that's not good; what's more the salads on offer are usually those starch laden potato and pasta jobs - also not that healthy. Try this easy to make and decidely yummy and healthy Red Cabbage Salad with Dill and Fennel from registered nutitionist Glenda Bishop.

Coconut sugar

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: carbs, coconut sugar, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, sugar

Coconut sugar

Hardly a week passes without my being asked about coconut. Coconut fat, coconut water, coconut yoghurt and lately coconut sugar. Is coconut sugar more natural and healthier? Is it a better-for-you alternative to brown sugar refined from cane? Is its GI lower than ordinary cane sugar? Is it really low in fructose? Here’s what I discovered.

5 steps to calculate the Health Star Rating

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Student material
Tagged: food labels, Health Star Rating, healthy eating, labelling

5 steps to calculate the Health Star Rating

The easy way to calculate the HSR is to use the online calculator but for those of you who want to see the workings in order to better understand this rating system, here is the explanation. Be warned – this is long and complicated. There are several steps which must be completed in sequence in order to assess a food.

September Foodwatch Newsletter - is gluten-free better for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Foodwatch Newsletter, gluten, gluten-free, healthy eating, newsletter, Subscribe

September Foodwatch Newsletter - is gluten-free better for you?

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.

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: healthy eating, Product Snapshot, review

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

White rice – it’s bland, easy to eat, quick to cook, inexpensive and able to take on the flavours of anything. While it’s a nice counterpoint to other strong flavours, such as curries and spicy fare, white rice is not a nutritionist’s choice having been stripped of its nutrient-rich outer coat during milling. It’s high in refined carbs, high GI with little fibre and B vitamins for its digestion. Brown rice is the way to go …

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, fibre, healthy eating, high fibre, review

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Better known for its puffs, pops, flakes and sugary cereals, Kellogg's has never gone into the muesli market. It's copped a lot of criticism for its pre-sweetened cereals aimed at kids and recently for its liquid breakfasts so I was quite surprised to receive a sample of its new High-Fibre Muesli under the better-for-you All-Bran brand which has long held reign as the cereal you reach for when you want the most fibre.