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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…

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…