The discovery that shook medical thinking

Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins. They're everywhere: Vitamin water, vitamin supplements. antioxidant-rich (read: vitamin-rich) superfoods. These little micronutrients are fundamental to our health and the prevention of disease. This we now know. However, this hasn't always been the gospel. Clues that vitamins are integral to our nutrition started to appear throughout the…

The passage from diet to disease

Humans have challenged the permanency of disease with advanced research techniques and sophisticated medical technology. However, there is still a long list of conditions that remain chronic. While we can say that genetic diseases are ‘fated’ and infectious diseases are ‘afflicted’, the way we eat and live our lives plays…

Five nutritious foods

Food for thought (and body): five nutrition foods Too often, we let convenience or calories dictate our meal choices, but neglect to consider the effect of the food – good or bad – on our brain and body. Given that a healthy diet is a prerequisite to a sharp mind…

The Great Egg Debate

Is it time to get Humpty Dumpty off the wall? Eggs have spent the past 50 years in a vicious, nutritional vilification-glorification cycle. Their current status quo is 'bad', after the authors of a 2019 study identified a meaningful relationship between dietary cholesterol, egg consumption, and the incidence of cardiovascular…

Exercise – the other half of the equation

If you want to keep as healthy as possible there are two mantras we always hear: “eat a balanced diet” and “get regular exercise”.  Not exactly information you can put into practice unless you are given more detail. We talk quite a bit about what a ‘good diet’ means. So…

Helping the Environment with How We Eat

The denigration of our environment and global warming are big cues for people and organisations to start acting to do something both in New Zealand and around the world. Food production, distribution, consumption and waste all have an impact on our environment. So how do our food choices affect the…

Can foods be toxic?

The fact that vegetables, lean meats, and good fats are more nutritious than fast foods and sweets is indisputable. However, most of us are unaware that a number of the foods we have put on a health pedestal have the potential to cause as much harm to our health as…

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’…
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