Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

fact or fiction

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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Why so Dirty on Dairy?

Dairy is possibly my favourite food group. Milk, yoghurt and cheese make regular appearances in my day, and between my porridge and yoghurt obsession alone, I generally reach the recommended target of 2.5 daily serves without even trying. Dairy is a rich source of calcium, accounting for around 60% of that mineral in the average Australians’ diet. Calcium, as you probably know, is essential for strong bones and teeth, as […]

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Diet soft drinks – the better choice?

We all know soft drinks are terrible for our health; Even Coca-Cola has accepted a role in the rising obesity epidemic in the USA – albeit in the form of a fairly disingenuous ad campaign promoting their low-calorie products. One can of Coke contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar – enough to make me reach for the diet option when the (luckily rare!) craving strikes. Sugar is the diet demon […]

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Butter or Margarine – Which is Better?

The butter/margarine debate is rife amongst health professionals and food consumers alike, with numerous arguments for each in regards to their effects on health.  Having had little interest in the stuff myself, I have never entered the debate actively; however, enthusiasts from both camps will offer passionate reasons why the opposing team should be shelved. So I set out to find the facts…

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Water – 8 glasses a day?

The importance of keeping hydrated is constantly being drummed into our minds. Take a glance around your lecture theatre or office and you’re more than likely to see several people toting huge bottles of the stuff in their dedication to getting their eight glasses a day. It’s not entirely clear where the magic number of eight originated from, but for whatever reason, it’s long been assumed this is the key […]

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The Dirt on Detox Diets

Detox is the diet trend of the decade, and it feels like every other week we’re hit with a new variation purporting to ‘cleanse’ the body of toxins: the Lemon Detox Diet, the African Mango Diet, the Quick Trim Fast Cleanse, the Coconut Detox. And with a string of glowing celebrity endorsements along with promises of shedding kilos, clearing skin and increasing energy levels, who wouldn’t be tempted to give […]

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Cure Your Hangover With Food

No matter how careful you are with your alcohol, at some time or another most of us have woken up after a few too many with a sore head, a sensitive tummy… or maybe both.  There are dozens of hangover cures out there, many of which people will swear by. But just which of these will really offer relief when you’re in a world of hurt?

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