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’…

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…
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