Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘myth’

Raw milk – What it is and why it shouldn’t be consumed

Last week, a Victorian toddler died and four other children aged 1 to 4 fell seriously ill after drinking raw milk. The tragic death has led to various health bodies to urge for the sale of raw milk to be outlawed, with Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, commenting, “If this was a food, it is something we would recall.” The problem is that raw milk is sold under […]

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Going against the grain – the fear of all things carby

It’s somewhat comforting to see that, in the midst of what seems like a full-blown war on grains by the hardcore Paleo tribe, others are revelling in the plethora of seeds and cereals on offer. Take Yotam Ottolenghi, for example: an Israeli chef and restaurant owner known for injecting excitement into vegetable- and grain-based meals. The self-confessed ‘grain man’ has been championed worldwide for bringing grains and vegetables from side […]

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What you should know about gluten

  Rewind a decade or so, and very few people followed a gluten free diet, let alone knew what gluten was. Fast-forward to present day, and gluten-free products and menus have taken the world by storm, with everyone from ‘diet gurus’ to Kim Kardashian singing the praises of a life without gluten. So let’s take a crash course in gluten: what is it, and why all the hate? Gluten – […]

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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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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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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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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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Why so Dirty on Dairy?

Dairy is possibly my favourite food group. Milk, yoghurt and cheese make regular appearances in my day, and between my porridge and yoghurt obsession alone, I generally reach the recommended target of 2.5 daily serves without even trying. Dairy is a rich source of calcium, accounting for around 60% of that mineral in the average Australians’ diet. Calcium, as you probably know, is essential for strong bones and teeth, as […]

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