Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘Fat’

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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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt. On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising. If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of […]

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2014 – a year in review

One word: Paleo. If 2013 was the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ (and according to the United Nations, it was), surely this year was the year of the caveman. A primal way of eating has been on the rise for the past few years, and, having clocked in as the top-searched diet on Google this year, it seems the Paleo diet is here to stay. And is there really anything so […]

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How not to tackle the obesity epidemic

There’s no doubt that obesity is an issue that needs addressing. In the western world, a person is more likely to die due to obesity-related conditions than undereating or starvation. In Australia alone, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3 in 5 people are overweight or obese. 1 in 4 Australian kids are overweight or obese. Those are some pretty frightening statistics. Obviously something needs to be […]

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The “World’s Best Diet” – but this one’s no fad.

Each week seems to be marked by a new and improved diet plan, bringing with it promises of renewed health and weight loss, but most are forgotten once the novelty wears off and the weight starts creeping back on. But after conducting a year-long dietary study on nearly 800 adults, scientists from Denmark are confident that their proposed diet is the real deal. So confident, in fact, that they’ve dubbed […]

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Coffee with butter – yep, that’s a thing now

In case you weren’t aware, fat is back. So much so, it seems, that the latest health food trend involves adding the solid stuff to your morning coffee, and even former World Barista Champion Matt Perger of Melbourne’s St Ali is singing its praises. Butter coffee is being revered as an all round ‘miracle cure’ and touted as the answer to weight-loss, mental acuity and appetite control, and it’s gaining […]

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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 ‘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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The Great Big Fat Debate

Well, he’s done it again. David Gillespie, author of the controversial Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes Us Fat, has returned with another divisive book on the subject of vegetable oils.  The contention of his new book is aptly summed up in the title, Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You and How to Save Yourself.  Dramatic stuff. But before you go rushing out to boycott all cooking oils, how […]

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