Floaters or sinkers?

There is not enough fibre in the Kiwi diet, and you will know if you are one of those by what happens to your stools. If they sink, you are probably not eating enough fibre. If they float or semi-float, you are probably doing okay. In New Zealand, the adult…

Are you allergic to something?

Many people say they are allergic to a food or something in its makeup, but often this could be more of an intolerance, or even just a dislike/distaste of a food. So what is a true food allergy? (for info on food intolerance, see our article “Are you Intolerant”) Allergies…

Are you intolerant?

  Many people are confused about the difference between allergies and being intolerant to a food or something in its makeup. What is food intolerance? The main difference between food intolerance and food allergy is that intolerances do not involve the immune system and are generally not life-threatening. Food intolerances…

Skin – how best to hold it together

Skin is the largest organ in the human body. It shields us from water, harmful micro-organisms and toxins in our environment, and it literally holds us together. With summer coming it’s important we don’t forget to protect and care for this amazing aspect of our bodies. Part of a good…

Nipping the NIP

Buying packaged food can sometimes seem overwhelming because of the mandated need for all the information that is required. However, the Nutrition Information Panel – or NIP, as it is often called – is designed to help consumers understand the ‘healthiness’ of a product [1]. The NIP is designed to…

Magnificent magnesium

According to articles in the media and information in health stores we should all be taking extra magnesium. But do we really need to? Why is magnesium important? it’s required in the body to use protein and energy it assists in regulating blood glucose levels and blood pressure it’s one…

The caffeine buzz

Some of us rely on it daily. Some of us drink it socially. A few of us don’t like the bitter taste, while others have “given it up”. Coffee is one of the fastest growing food trends in New Zealand in terms of the new varieties, the pods for the…

Being sociable about eating

Do you feel you eat pretty well until a social event or work function comes up – and then your healthy eating goals fly out the window? Was that slice of birthday cake too big after all? Have you forgotten how many little tapas you have eaten because you have been…

Being a Vegan

Adopting a vegan diet is often seen as one step on from being a vegetarian (see our article on this elsewhere on this site). As is the case with the increasing number of people adopting a more vegetarian way of eating, so it is for individuals deciding to become a…

Being a Vegetarian

Diets in New Zealand have changed and evolved substantially over recent years from the traditional ‘meat and three veg’. Part of this is due to the growing awareness that healthier eating patterns mean less meat and more vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds. Some people replace a couple of meals a…