Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

fact or fiction

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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Coconut Oil – Superfood or Superfad?

Coconuts seem to be popping up left, right and centre as the latest health trend. Coconut oil in particular has attracted a large vegan following, as its rich buttery taste and texture offer an alternative to animal fats such as butter.  Just a quick Google search of the fruit results in thousands of results – coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk. In all its forms, coconut is being heralded as this […]

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