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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…

Eating Out

It hits five o’clock and you realise you have nothing planned for dinner. Or you are rushing for work in the morning and didn’t prepare lunch the night before. These scenarios happen all too often and the easiest answer can be buying a meal out. However, trying to eat a…

Yoghurt Overload?

The yoghurt section in the supermarket has become increasingly complex. The products range from the plain and the traditional, to Greek, coconut, and the Icelandic skyr. These all come in a variety of shapes and pouches for adults and children, and many are accompanied by health claims of sorts. So…

What’s So Essential about a Fatty Acid?

We talk generally about saturated fats and poly or mono unsaturated fats. But there is a lot more to the fat story than this. Let’s deal with the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids: Omega-6 and Omega-3, What are they? Essential fatty acids are just that: essential fats that are required in…

Food So Fast You Don’t Eat

The idea of fasting – that is, abstaining from all or some kinds of food and drink – has become more common in recent years. Historically, there are religious and spiritual reasons for fasting, along with the fact that at times there simply wasn’t enough food to eat. But in…

How to Break Your Fast

Is the expression “to breakfast like a king” still relevant today? For many years now, the evidence and information we have had around eating breakfast points to its importance. Recently, however, there have been dietary trends such as ‘the 2-meal day’ suggesting we should actually skip breakfast. Assuming you have…

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…