Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

fact or fiction

The Buzz on Caffeine – is coffee good for us?

Blame the cafe culture, our busy lifestyles or the increasingly affordable Nespresso machine – whatever it is, the coffee cravings in Australia are intensifying. Currently we down around 3kg of coffee per annum, a modest amount when compared to countries like Finland (12kg) and Norway (10kg) but huge when you consider 50 years ago we were going through .5kg a year. But is the legal stimulant really all that bad? […]

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Variety – how many different foods do you eat in a day?

We’ve been hearing it for years. I can even remember back in the 90s watching Happy Harold from the Life Education van banging on about it. But how important is including a variety of different foods in our diet? The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that we The Japanese Dietary Guidelines take the idea of variety even more seriously, recommending that people “eat 30 or more different kinds of food daily”.

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Top 10 ‘healthy’ foods that aren’t so healthy

While you certainly don’t need a nutrition degree to make healthy food choices, it’s all too easy to be inadvertently sucked in by products with significantly less nutritional value than we imagine. Clever marketing, deceptive packaging and mixed messages from ‘experts’ all work to confound us, and we find ourselves stocking up on sugary or fatty products under the impression that they are ‘health foods’. With that in mind, here […]

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Fish oil vs. Krill oil – what’s the difference?

By now the benefits of oily fish seem to have been sufficiently grasped; a recent statistic suggests that around 30% of Australian’s over-50s regularly pop a fishy pill for general health purposes. But there’s a new kid on the supplement block, with krill oil claiming superiority over its rivalling predecessor. What’s the difference? Krill oil, much like fish oil, is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are […]

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The Paleo diet

Everyone knows someone who’s gone Paleo. Diet trends come and go, but the theme of the minute seems to be going back to basics – eliminating the unnecessary and taking a primordial approach to our food choices. Forget quitting sugar – why not eat like a cave man? The Paleo movement has garnered serious support from dieters and non-dieters alike, both for its straightforward ‘rules’ and for apparent logic – […]

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Mercury in fish – should I be worried?

Around one in four Australians regularly take fish oil tablets, so it’s fair to say the health benefits of fish have been well illustrated. Low in saturated fat, high in protein and a source of essential Omega 3 fatty acids, fish has many health benefits, and current recommendations advise that we consume 1-2 serves of fish per week (150g being a serve). But what about mercury?

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Vitamin supplements – diet insurance or a total money waste?

Vitamins are a funny business. Their popularity is enormous, with the industry raking in an estimated $1.5 billion each year in Australia alone. And it’s growing. Swisse’s most recent marketing efforts, which include endorsements of everyone from Sonia Kruger to Ellen DeGeneres, have seen the brand’s popularity increase by 380% in the last 4 years. Around 30% of Australians regularly consume dietary supplements, a figure which is rising – yet […]

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