Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

The Buzz on Caffeine – is coffee good for us?

Blame the cafe culture, our busy lifestyles or the increasingly affordable Nespresso machine – whatever it is, the coffee cravings in Australia are intensifying. Currently we down around 3kg of coffee per annum, a modest amount when compared to countries like Finland (12kg) and Norway (10kg) but huge when you consider 50 years ago we were going through .5kg a year. But is the legal stimulant really all that bad? […]

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Variety – how many different foods do you eat in a day?

We’ve been hearing it for years. I can even remember back in the 90s watching Happy Harold from the Life Education van banging on about it. But how important is including a variety of different foods in our diet? The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that we The Japanese Dietary Guidelines take the idea of variety even more seriously, recommending that people “eat 30 or more different kinds of food daily”.

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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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Nutritionist, Dietitian… What’s the difference?

  The nutrition industry is an interesting one in that it’s the only field in which just about anyone can be regarded as an ‘expert’. It seems that anybody who’s managed to lose a significant amount of weight suddenly possesses the skills to prescribe nutrition advice. Celebrities are hounded for their diet secrets and ambiguously titled ‘health coaches’ conduct a roaring trade despite having no formal qualifications. I constantly see […]

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Is Pinterest making us fat?

Temptation and seduction have in recent years taken an epicurean turn, with ‘food porn’ emerging as a global trend driven by social media. ‘Food porn’ quite simply refers to mouth-watering photos of food posted online for others to lust after, and with over 18 million posts in the #foodporn Instagram tag, it’s clearly more than just a fringe obsession. Of the 37 categories on Pinterest, Food and Drink is reportedly […]

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Top 10 ‘healthy’ foods that aren’t so healthy

While you certainly don’t need a nutrition degree to make healthy food choices, it’s all too easy to be inadvertently sucked in by products with significantly less nutritional value than we imagine. Clever marketing, deceptive packaging and mixed messages from ‘experts’ all work to confound us, and we find ourselves stocking up on sugary or fatty products under the impression that they are ‘health foods’. With that in mind, here […]

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5 of the best foodie Xmas gifts

There’s no better time of the year than Christmas, and no better gift than a food-themed one. Here’s my wishlist for the year – some realistic, some maybe a bit of a stretch… 1) Yonanas: I’ve wanted this for a while now. And since burning out the motor in my low-powered food processor, I’m in need of a replacement for whipping up healthy summer desserts. So what does it do? […]

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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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On the topic of peanut butter…

Peanut butter is one of my greatest food loves. (See my go-to breakfast – peanut butter-banana oats) And it’s perhaps because of my blind dedication to the spread that the nutritionist side of me has up until now been pretty lazy when it comes to making the healthiest peanut buttery choice. Idly I would scrawl ‘peanut butter’ on the communal shopping list (yes, I still live at home), and magically […]

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