Carbohydrates Uncovered

Carbohydrates Uncovered

Health
Carbohydrates are a large group in the food pyramid. For this reason, it is important we understand them. Amongst body conscious populations, carbohydrates are seen as a guilty indulgence. I believe carbohydrates are largely misunderstood and we need to educate ourselves on enjoying pasta, rice and bread in the healthiest ways possible. Carbohydrates have a pretty bad reputation. They are too often blamed for the current obesity crisis, as well as the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes. This is only a half truth. Highly processed carbohydrate products such as white bread and cakes, confer high blood glucose (sugar) spikes that contribute to obesity and diabetes. These products are responsible for the negative connotation surrounding carbohydrates, and should be limited. On the other hand, whole grain products such as brown…
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Eat A Rainbow

Eat A Rainbow

Health
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you will know all about the ‘Go for 2 & 5’ campaign. The Australian Government created a funny, friendly looking fruit and veg man who informed Australian kids (and adults) about the importance of consuming 2 fruits and 5 vegetables each day. The government pushed this campaign hard, with flyers, television advertisements and even educational programs in school. The campaign was an effort to promote healthful behaviours in our increasingly unhealthy population. However, is ‘2 & 5’ enough? While it’s a good place to start, good health isn’t so simple. Nutrition Australia, has pushed for a movement away from ‘2 & 5’ and toward ‘Eat the Rainbow’. Sounds like a Skittle advertisement, doesn’t it? Nutrition Australia’s…
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Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Sports
The world of sport is a very competitive place. Athletes are forever searching for that little something extra to give them an edge. A common supplement used for this very purpose is Creatine. Creatine is a compound synthesised from the two amino acids (protein constituents) guanidine and arginine. It is thought to improve early stages of physical performance, power capacity, muscle growth and endurance capacity. Since significant research and promising evidence surrounds creatine, it is classified as an ergogenic (performance enhancing) aid. Its’ sporting applications are why companies get away with selling the supplemental powder form at $30 a tub. However, it also occurs naturally in the flesh of animals, and can therefore be obtained in the diet. This begs the question; why would anyone fork out for the supplement…
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The Facts About Fat

The Facts About Fat

Health
Try talking to any painfully body conscious teenage girl, or bodybuilding male about fat, and you might find they run away screaming. This is because fat is typically associated with big bellies and clogged arteries. But what if I told you the right types of fat can have entirely healthful purposes? In fact, a diet high in the right types of fat could improve longevity and significantly decrease risk of heart attack and stroke. A higher fat diet might be the solution to your health problems. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am by no means advising you to stock up on potato chips and streaky bacon because a blog on Ideal Nutrition informed you that fat will make you live longer. What I am suggesting, is to educate yourself…
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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Body Composition, Health
Nothing beats winding down from a long work day with a few cold ones. Or enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Or two. Or three. For most of us, alcohol is a relaxing and fun habit. For many, however, alcohol is an out of control problem which is unhealthier than you may realise. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks per day to reduce the risk of alcohol related disease and injury. For some, meeting these guidelines is a struggle as they fight the temptation to order ‘just one more round’. Considerable over-indulging on a regular basis leads to a variety of health issues including malnutrition and liver failure. Drunken hazy nights suddenly don’t seem so fun. I know vodka is made from potato, and…
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The Price We Pay for Supplements

The Price We Pay for Supplements

Health
Vitamin and mineral supplements are marketed as an investment in your health, but, dig a little deeper and you might find they are actually a waste of your hard earned money. Companies such as Blackmore’s, Nature’s Way, Centrum and Swisse use celebrity endorsements to make millions each year selling vitamin and mineral supplements that claim to improve everything from hair, skin and nails to memory and focus. However, rarely do you see a dietitian’s tick of approval on these products. Turns out, there is a good reason for this. Research shows, that unless an individual is deficient in a particular nutrient, supplementation is unnecessary and, in some cases, can be harmful to health. Nutrient deficiency can come about in a variety of ways. For example, in the case of restrictive…
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What you need to know about going vegan

What you need to know about going vegan

Health
  There is a plethora of reasons why people might choose veganism – for the environment, for their health or just because it’s the latest trend. In any case, it is important to understand the pro’s and con’s of going vegan. So, if you are vegan, or have ever thought about going vegan, read on! What is Veganism? For those of you who don’t know, veganism is the complete avoidance of animal products such as dairy, eggs and meat. A less obvious example of an animal product is jelly beans, which are sometimes coloured with insect blood! While not all are strict enough to avoid traces of insect blood in their candy, all vegans do run the risk of serious malnutrition if diet is not properly managed. The Cons Cobalamin…
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