Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘diet’

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 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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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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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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Mercury in fish – should I be worried?

Around one in four Australians regularly take fish oil tablets, so it’s fair to say the health benefits of fish have been well illustrated. Low in saturated fat, high in protein and a source of essential Omega 3 fatty acids, fish has many health benefits, and current recommendations advise that we consume 1-2 serves of fish per week (150g being a serve). But what about mercury?

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5 of the best tips for reading a nutrition label

Nutrition labels can be extremely confusing. Clever wording and marketing techniques can mislead and even trick consumers into thinking their junky purchase is a healthy choice. Luckily, government bodies like Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) produce food labelling guidelines, outlining rules by which food producers must abide to keep things as transparent as possible – usually. But it’s not just the plethora of health claims that have us consumers […]

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