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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…

Smell the roses, taste the wine

Have you ever stopped to smell that rose hanging over the fence? And when you try a red wine do you savour the taste and flavor? Is your eye caught by the different colours of fruits in a bowl or flowers in a field – and how does sitting in…

Soy unveiled

Over the past few years there has been a big increase in the number of soy products available, along with advice and opinion on the positive and negative aspects of soy consumption. But why is there controversy? Should we be consuming soy products and, if so, how much is good…

Eating cleanly?

‘Eating cleanly’ is one of the latest ideas about how and what to eat. But what do we mean by clean food? ‘Clean’, after all, can mean a wide range of things – from being washed or tidy, to spotless, unadulterated and pure. Clean eating ‘Clean eating’ has different definitions,…

Liquid goodness

Think of a golden liquid that has the ability to transform food from sometimes bland to tasty in seconds. Oil.  But which one? The oil section of the supermarket has expanded in recent years, from the basics such as olive oil and sunflower to variations on these (e.g. ‘lite’), plus…

POP POP POP?

Is popcorn a good snack or not? Well yes, it can be. It just depends on how it is “popped” and what’s added to it. Lots of us will remember popping the hard corn kernels in a saucepan with just a very tiny amount of oil or butter. This is…