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Bagels and croissants vs breads

Besides the healthiness (or not) of bakery products such as muffins and scones, which are often eaten in their own right, there are other bakery items we often use in a sandwich style manner such as bagels and croissants. So how do these compare to a traditional bread-based sandwich? Croissants…

Scone, brioche, or muffin?

In our article “Behind that ‘healthy’ muffin”, we talk about the two different types of muffins and how the ‘English’ variety has fewer calories compared to the ‘American’ variety. This is because the English variety is not laden with fat, sugar and eggs, which some American muffins are. Scones are…

Behind that ‘healthy’ muffin

Having a coffee with a muffin (or scone, but that’s another story) seems a well-entrenched habit for many people. Often consumed as a takeaway, the two are either eaten instead of breakfast or as morning tea. But do we really know what’s in a ‘muffin’ – and whether it’s ‘healthy’…

The sweet alternative

Artificial. Non-nutritive. Intense. Low calorie. Sugar substitutes. These words are associated with the sweetening of food – other than with sugar.  So, what do they mean? More importantly, how do they affect our health? Artificial sweeteners can be classified broadly into two categories: Non-nutritive (they supply minimal or no energy when…

Diets compared: Meds vs Vikings

Every region in the world has its own unique dishes and dietary patterns. Researchers have paid close attention to the types of foods commonly eaten in areas that have low rates of chronic disease. The Mediterranean diet emerged from this kind of research originally in the 1970’s. One of the…

Going nutty

Only a few years ago, nuts meant a bag of salted peanuts and concerns about potential allergies. Other nuts such as Brazil, pecan and pistachio were seen as “gourmet”. Now, nuts of many varieties are readily available. In addition, many are made into oils, spreads, milks and other products. So…

The calorie slide

We have talked about losing weight with small changes, and outlined in our articles the sizes or portions of food that should be eaten to help you gauge your intake. But even taking all of that into consideration, creeping weight can happen. Often it results from adding a few calories…

Winter warmers – food for colder weather

Why does the cold weather make us want to eat more and go for warming foods? There’s no doubt we feel colder, and with the shorter days we tend to huddle inside more with the idea of a cold salad and an iced orange juice being less appealing than a…

Vitamin C and the winter ills

Will Vitamin C really keep the winter ills away? The cold weather has hit, the heaters are on, and many of us have reached for the Vitamin C supplements. But will large doses help us keep healthier? Why the interest in Vitamin C? One of the reasons the dosage around…

How Wasteful Are You?

We often buy food and end up wasting it. There was that delicious recipe that required ingredients you hardly ever use but they’re still in the cupboard well past their ‘best before’ date. What about that bagged salad mix for a salad that was never made? And how about the…
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