Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

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The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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Orthorexia – from the health professional’s perspective

Though it is not clinically recognised alongside other more ‘traditional’ eating disorders, orthorexia describes the compulsion to eat ‘clean,’ or healthy food, and painstakingly avoid foods seen as unhealthy. Often this stems from good intentions, with sufferers taking on lifestyle changes to better their health, yet orthorexia can result in a severe and socially restrictive fixation on following a rigidly ‘healthy’ diet. Whether it’s due to the rise of social […]

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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt. On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising. If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of […]

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2014 – a year in review

One word: Paleo. If 2013 was the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ (and according to the United Nations, it was), surely this year was the year of the caveman. A primal way of eating has been on the rise for the past few years, and, having clocked in as the top-searched diet on Google this year, it seems the Paleo diet is here to stay. And is there really anything so […]

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Going against the grain – the fear of all things carby

It’s somewhat comforting to see that, in the midst of what seems like a full-blown war on grains by the hardcore Paleo tribe, others are revelling in the plethora of seeds and cereals on offer. Take Yotam Ottolenghi, for example: an Israeli chef and restaurant owner known for injecting excitement into vegetable- and grain-based meals. The self-confessed ‘grain man’ has been championed worldwide for bringing grains and vegetables from side […]

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Isagenix – the way I see it.

The hot topic of water coolers worldwide, Isagenix has been garnering a great deal of interest since its establishment in 2002. Isagenix is a US-based company marketing dietary and weight-loss supplements. They draw a yearly revenue in excess of $300 million, and employ over 200,000 sales representatives. Their advertising is heavy on testimonials, and they advocate ‘cleansing’ alongside their line of shakes, bars and snacks. Being an innate sceptic, I’m […]

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Coffee with butter – yep, that’s a thing now

In case you weren’t aware, fat is back. So much so, it seems, that the latest health food trend involves adding the solid stuff to your morning coffee, and even former World Barista Champion Matt Perger of Melbourne’s St Ali is singing its praises. Butter coffee is being revered as an all round ‘miracle cure’ and touted as the answer to weight-loss, mental acuity and appetite control, and it’s gaining […]

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