Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

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In defence of the Dietitian – my response to Pete Evans

This morning, those in the field of dietetics heaved a collective sigh of exasperation in response to a Facebook status from celebrity chef, ‘health coach’ and activated almond enthusiast Pete Evans. “No wonder the public is confused. Each and every time an article comes out about health and nutrition in this country, the journalists always feel the need to get a spokesperson from the Dieticians Association of Australia to add […]

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What you should know about gluten

  Rewind a decade or so, and very few people followed a gluten free diet, let alone knew what gluten was. Fast-forward to present day, and gluten-free products and menus have taken the world by storm, with everyone from ‘diet gurus’ to Kim Kardashian singing the praises of a life without gluten. So let’s take a crash course in gluten: what is it, and why all the hate? Gluten – […]

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The scoop on protein supplements

These days you’d be forgiven for thinking that pricey protein powders and supplements are a prerequisite for building muscle and maintaining any credibility in the gym. In 2011, sales data collection agency AZTEC reported that Australians spent had $80 million on sport food, a figure that has surely risen since. But are protein supplements really worth the money?     Why protein? It’s estimated that about half of our body […]

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The Acid Alkaline Diet

  There have been countless variations of the ‘acid alkaline diet’ over the years, each of them based on the theory that the root of modern dietary problems (such as obesity, some cancers and heart disease) is in our overly acidic bodies as a direct result of Western ‘acidifying’ diets. Favouring ‘alkalising’ foods to balance the body’s pH has even crept into other diet plans, to mention in overpriced juices […]

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5 things you need to know about fermented foods

Fermented foods are having a moment. They might not be all that pretty, and the flavour is somewhat divisive, but they’re popping up on menus all over Melbourne. Just ask Simone Egger, editor of The Age’s Good Food Under $30 (formerly Cheap Eats), who jokes, “I can’t remember a time when two-week old cabbage was more desirable that it is today.” Be it sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh or miso, the art of […]

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The worst diets of 2013, as voted by the real nutrition experts

It’s that time again. Over 200 Accredited Practicing Dietitians have voted on the three worst diets of the year just past, and the results are of absolutely no surprise. In an online survey conducted by the country’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), over 200 members agreed that the top three diets to avoid in 2014 are The Lemon Detox Diet SkinnyMe Tea Ashy Bines Bikini Body […]

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