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Tahini – so much more than a hummus staple

If you’re anything like me a couple of years ago, you probably have a solitary jar of tahini in the back of your cupboard, gathering dust after that one-time attempt at a home-made hummus. This article got me thinking about tahini, and how for me, like the legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi, it has gone from mystery ingredient, to pantry staple. And with my dietitian hat on, it makes sense why. […]

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5 reasons to ignore the I Quit Sugar fruit pyramid

Sarah Wilson’s divisive I Quit Sugar (IQS) program has caused a new wave of controversy this week, promoting their ‘fruit pyramid,’ that divides fruit into ‘eat most,’ ‘eat less,’ and ‘eat sparingly’ categories, based on their fructose content. Fructose is the main carbohydrate, or sugar found naturally in fruit, much like lactose is the main sugar in dairy foods like cow’s milk. Fructose is also the sugar IQS demonise as […]

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Dairy gives you acne, and four other myths I’ve been told by my facialist

I’m big on seeking expert advice. I see a dentist for my teeth, mechanic for my car, and accountant for my taxes. We all want to get the best service possible and save ourselves time and money in the long term, so it makes sense to consult a professional. I also love a facial. I’m all about maintenance in fact. But recently I got some unwelcome dietary advice from a […]

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How can I possibly eat FIVE serves of veggies a day?

If you were to make one tiny change to your diet, that would boost your health enormously, eating more veggies would be it. We know they’re healthy – packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. But did you know people who eat more veggies have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers? Those are some pretty good reasons to up your intake. This week is National […]

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Cooking with cannabis – would you eat Hemp for good health?

There were surely some double takes on the daily commute this morning, as media reports announced hemp seeds might be approved for food use in Australia by late 2016. Yesterday, Food Standards Australia New Zealand announced the decision to permit foods made from hemp in the country, which are currently banned within Australia. Over in the US and the UK, the market for hemp-based foods is booming, with the stuff […]

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Ancient Grains – The Health and the Hype

Ancient grains have created a consistent buzz in recent years, with their popularity even surviving the grain-shunning Paleo trend of late. But what exactly are these exotic-sounding grains, and do their nutritional profile match up to the hype? Read on for all things Ancient Grains. What makes a grain ‘ancient?’ Much like the term ‘superfood,’ there is no official definition for an ancient grain. While the Western World has consumed […]

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Should you filter your water?

You’ve heard it a million times before: drink eight glasses of water a day for clear skin, better sleep quality, improved health… the list goes on. But even two and a half years after blogging about water once (hint: eight glasses is probably excessive), it’s still on my mind. A few Tuesdays ago I sat down to breakfast to read The Age. Tuesdays are Good Food days in The Age, […]

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