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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…

The truth about gluten

The number of gluten-free products available in supermarkets has increased dramatically in recent times. Many people think they are gluten-free or that gluten-free products are better for us. But how do we know if we are intolerant to gluten? And why does gluten-free bread taste so different? What is gluten?…

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…