Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘diet’

Vitamin supplements – diet insurance or a total money waste?

Vitamins are a funny business. Their popularity is enormous, with the industry raking in an estimated $1.5 billion each year in Australia alone. And it’s growing. Swisse’s most recent marketing efforts, which include endorsements of everyone from Sonia Kruger to Ellen DeGeneres, have seen the brand’s popularity increase by 380% in the last 4 years. Around 30% of Australians regularly consume dietary supplements, a figure which is rising – yet […]

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5 of the best Melbourne cafes for specialty diets

Look back as little as ten years ago and the incidence of food allergies and intolerances seemed far less widespread than they are now. Today, 1 in 20 children and 1 in 100 adults are affected by some form of food intolerance. Results of a survey conducted by The Vegan and Vegetarian Society of Australia in 2010 found that around 5% of us identify as vegetarian, with a tiny 1% vegan. […]

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NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK 2013 – Project Dinner Time – 5 of the best ways to Cook.Eat.Enjoy.

This week is National Nutrition Week, and the theme this year is Project dinner time – cook, eat, enjoy. Aiming to improve individuals “knowledge, skills and confidence in the kitchen,” the ultimate goal is to bring back the home cooked meal – both for the sake of nutrition and sense of community. Tying in with this theme was Wednesday nights Eatkit twitter chat; in which the in’s and out’s of […]

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5 of the best ‘Short on Time’ breakfasts

This week the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 1 in 7 Australian children skip breakfast.  This is worrying, as such strong evidence exists to confirm breakfast consumption in school kids is linked with greater cognitive function – including memory and academic performance – school attendance and overall wellbeing. But it’s not just children missing the most important meal of the day. Last year Kraft’s ‘Aussie Breakfast Report,’ announced more than […]

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The ‘new’ Atkins diet- haven’t we moved past this?

Have you heard of Atkins? Dieting fads have been around almost as long as modern nutrition, and today these quick-fix, results-guaranteed, scientifically suspect diet crazes are a serious money-making machines, with the ‘diet industry’ crossing almost $800 million annually in Australia. One funny thing about fad diets is that, much like fashion, they wind up being recycled again and again over the decades. Who would have guessed we’d be wearing […]

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5 of the Best Nutrition Headlines this week

Today marks my first attempt at a bi-weekly post! The plan is each Friday to update you all with what I deem to be ‘5 of the Best.’ Depending on the goings-on of the week this could be anything from recipes, to latest news and controversies. This week I thought I’d start off with 5 of the  Best Nutrition headlines from the week  (with a few being slightly older than […]

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The Blood Type Diet

Have you heard of the blood type diet – eating in line with what your blood type dictates?  I’d known of this trend for years, and to say I was sceptical is an understatement. However, it was only after discovering my own blood type in a Physiology class at uni that I became curious as to the ‘science’ behind the diet, and whether or not it made any sense…

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Butter or Margarine – Which is Better?

The butter/margarine debate is rife amongst health professionals and food consumers alike, with numerous arguments for each in regards to their effects on health.  Having had little interest in the stuff myself, I have never entered the debate actively; however, enthusiasts from both camps will offer passionate reasons why the opposing team should be shelved. So I set out to find the facts…

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Water – 8 glasses a day?

The importance of keeping hydrated is constantly being drummed into our minds. Take a glance around your lecture theatre or office and you’re more than likely to see several people toting huge bottles of the stuff in their dedication to getting their eight glasses a day. It’s not entirely clear where the magic number of eight originated from, but for whatever reason, it’s long been assumed this is the key […]

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