Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘health’

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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5 of the best superfoods on a shoestring

It’s a word we hear bandied about daily, usually by marketing teams seeking to boost the image of their product – but how many of us, if pressed, could actually define the term ‘superfood’? When it comes down to it, there’s no tangible definition, but pair it with words like ‘ancient’ and ‘Aztec’, throw in an exotic background story with distant origins, then slap on a hefty price tag and […]

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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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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 yoghurts

Yoghurt is one of my favourite foods, for its taste, multifunctional uses and nutritional profile. It can be difficult to reach the recommended 2.5 daily serves of dairy (or alternatives) foods that are oh-so-important for maintaining optimum bone health and reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis later on in life. Yoghurt is a high calcium food that’s easy to incorporate into your diet in a number of creative ways. Yoghurt […]

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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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Rise of the drunkorexic – dieting to drink

If I told you that a vodka and coke contained the kilojoule equivalent of a tablespoon of mayonnaise, would you think twice about ordering it? Go for a double shot and you’re almost up to a slice of pizza. This confronting, but realistic approach to handling the bar has reportedly snowballed into a whole new kind of disordered eating – but it’s not the booze that’s being forfeited, it’s the […]

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