Articles tagged with: salt

Q. Are cashew nuts as good for us as walnuts and almonds - I never see them listed in the 'good' nuts to eat?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: cashews, healthy eating, healthy snacks, magnesium, nuts, salt, vitamins, zinc

Q. Are cashew nuts as good for us as walnuts and almonds - I never see them listed in the 'good' nuts to eat?

A. Cashew nuts are nutritionally much the same as other nuts: they are high in fat (around 50 percent), rich in vitamin E and a good source of minerals, particularly magnesium and zinc. While high in fat, all nuts are ranked highly for their healthy unsaturated fats.

Q. What level of sodium should I look for on a food label?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, heart health, junk food, nutrition, salt, snacks, sodium

Q. What level of sodium should I look for on a food label?

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Q. When comparing the label of a food, I am unsure what level of sodium is acceptable for a healthy diet. Please help!

Q. How can I work out what’s the best cut-off figure for salt?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 07 August 2013. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: food labels, healthy eating, healthy heart, healthy lifestyle, salt, sodium, tips

A.  To be classified as a low-salt (low sodium) food, the official cut-off figure is 120 milligrams sodium or less per 100 grams. This applies to all unsalted foods as it takes into account the small quantity of natural sodium present in foods. But at this low level, it can be hard to produce good-tasting foods. So for breads, cereals, soups and cracker biscuits, anything below 450mg is considered acceptable. Some organisations are even more lenient and set their cut-off higher at 600mg or less to encourage manufacturers to gradually decrease what's being added.

Take a look at these examples on an equal-weight basis per 100 grams:

Q. How can I manage on a salt-free diet?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, diet foods, diet meals, eating out, food labels, health, healthy cooking, healthy eating, healthy heart, healthy lifestyle, heart health, nutrition, salt, sodium

Q.  How can I manage on a salt-free diet?

Q. My doctor's just ordered a virtually salt-free diet which I'm finding is a challenge! It seems anything with flavour has way more than 120mg per 100 grams, the limit to which I have to keep under. Most store bought items seems to have an excess of salt - even Tim Tams and milk are outside my range. I am in desperate need of HELP. Where can we find nutritional and tasty meals without salt?

Q. Some foods are labelled ‘no MSG’. What does MSG stand for and is it bad for our health?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 14 June 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: additives, allergies, eating out, fast food, food labels, monosodium glutamate, MSG, protein, salt, sodium

Q. Some foods are labelled ‘no MSG’. What does MSG stand for and is it bad for our health?

Q. Some foods are labelled 'No MSG'. What does MSG stand for and is it bad for our health?

Q: Can I eat cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli) if I've had my thyroid removed OR are taking thyroxin tablets?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 04 June 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, cruciferous, dairy, eggs, health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, salt, sodium, thyroid, vegetables, vitamins

A: It is not necessary to eliminate cruciferous vegetables from the diet in this case but rather, to limit intake so that it falls into a reasonable range. In fact, they are incredibly nutritious for all sorts of reasons and offer a powerful insurance against a wide range of cancers, incidentally also protecting against thyroid cancer.

8 salty snacks and why they're a danger to your waistline - a visual guide

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 29 April 2013. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: BMI, calories, convenience, fat, fats, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy snacks, junk food, kilojoules, nutrition, obesity, overweight, peanuts, salt, saturated fat, snacks, sodium, weight loss

8 salty snacks and why they're a danger to your waistline - a visual guide

Meeting up at the bar or pub? Sharing a drink with friends? These are the times when you notice salty snacks everywhere – potato crisps, corn chips, beer nuts, cashews, pretzels and rice cracker snacks. Salty snacks fly under the radar – no one remembers eating them. Yet they’re a big problem for health and may explain why you can’t lose weight. Here’s my take on them.

Product Review: Kraft No Added Salt or Sugar Peanut Butter

on Friday, 01 March 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: #activatedalmonds, allergies, almonds, balanced diet, children, fat, healthy heart, healthy kids, healthy lunches, healthy snacks, kids, meal planning, nuts, oils, overweight, peanut allergy, peanuts, salt, school lunch, snacks, sodium, sugar

Product Review: Kraft No Added Salt or Sugar Peanut Butter

Peanut butter enthusiasts – buckle up. There’s a new healthier alternative in town. I love peanut butter. I remember when I was younger, I’d go for spoonful after spoonful of this sinfully-wonderful-peanut-y-creamy paste after school. Yes, “glutton” I hear you say. But as I grew older, I soon realised that this spread isn’t too innocent afterall.