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Iron Deficiency – are you at risk?

Iron Deficiency – are you at risk?

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Nutrient deficiencies are not often thought to be big issues in developed countries such as Australia, with access to fresh food and water it can be easy for us to get adequate nutrients from a balanced diet. However Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in the world, affecting more than 25% people worldwide. Young women are at particular risk, with higher requirements for iron during child bearing age. Iron is a mineral required for a number of functions within the body including making red blood cells and transporting oxygen around the body. It is also important for producing energy, optimal immune function and storing oxygen in our muscles. Iron is an essential mineral meaning you must get it from food. The symptoms of iron deficiency include general…
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DASH-ing Towards Better Health

DASH-ing Towards Better Health

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It’s not uncommon to arrive at your late forties and have the doc tell you you’re hypertensive. For many, the pressure of kids and a mortgage, accompanied by a lack of time for exercise, and the convenience of maccas drive through, is enough to make blood pressure soar. When this lifestyle eventually culminates in hypertension, it’s time to have a long hard think about how to improve your health and bring that blood pressure back down. This is where the DASH diet comes in. It’s not easy and it’s not as fast as the name suggests, but hypertension is a huge risk factor for heart attack and stroke. So, if you want to live a long and happy life, read on! DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. The…
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Guaranteeing a grad job

Guaranteeing a grad job

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Finishing a dietetics degree is stressful. Be it a Bachelors or Masters, there remains a constant chatter amongst both students and staff about the difficulty of finding a job. There are several hundreds of dietitians that graduate each year. Of the ~6000 APD’s in Australia, countless dietitians are out of work, looking for new jobs or returning from leave. Large hospitals offer 1-4 positions each year. You don’t have the business skills to run a private practice nor the time to learn them and industry rarely realises the value of dietitians. In the end, is it all worth it? There can be no doubt that finding a graduate job is an arduous task. But there are many steps you can take to put yourself in prime position to get not…
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Emma Stubbs Q & A

Emma Stubbs Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I graduated from Deakin with my Master of Dietetics in 2014, and following this, worked in several different dietetic positions for a year or so across Melbourne and Gippsland before gaining my current job. I’ve moved back to my hometown in Regional Victoria and am currently working in a full time clinical/health promotion role. Three days per week are my clinical duties; due to the nature of the health service I work with, my clinical role is varied. As our hospital is only about a total of 60 beds, we are not confined to one or two patient groups and as a result see quite a variety of different patients. I’m particularly interested in the areas of GI surgical and am…
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The Holy Grail of Grains

The Holy Grail of Grains

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Pulses are a diverse, colourful and lesser known grain. They offer a variety of health benefits, so many, that The World Health Organization has included them in the population nutrient intake goals for preventing diet-related chronic diseases. The current popularity of pulses in Australia is rather dismal. So, let’s try and improve the profile of pulses by incorporating them to our diets. This is likely to improve our health too! Pulses include lentils, chickpeas, navy beans, field peas, azuki beans and so much more. Some traditional uses include lentil dhal, baked beans and the increasingly popular, hummus. Compared to conventional grains such as wheat and rice, pulses are superior on many measures of health. To start, protein content. Not only do pulses contain more protein than other grains, they also…
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Joe Leech Q & A

Joe Leech Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a dietitian from Sydney, but currently living in Stockholm. I have a website, DietvsDisease.org that provides science-based resources for those living with diet-related diseases and conditions. As you can imagine this is a huge area, so I am building the database slowly with a few topics at a time. I also collaborate with AuthorityNutrition.com to produce all their videos which you can find on youtube and on my Diet vs Disease Facebook page. What is one piece of nutrition advice that you give which surprises people? Very few foods are absolutely healthy or unhealthy - it’s the quantities you eat and your relationship with that food that makes it healthy or unhealthy. Do you have a nutrition philosophy? What…
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Joel Feren Q & A

Joel Feren Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve been a dietitian for four years. My background is in the biomedical sciences; I studied Behavioural Neuroscience and I completed my Honours in exercise physiology. For a while I thought I might pursue a career in sport science. But it was a chance meeting with Karen Inge in 2008 that swayed me to become a dietitian. And I haven’t looked back since. You’ve got the whole #getyourmaninthekitchen thing, can you tell us a little bit about that? The campaign is about encouraging men to get back in the kitchen and have a crack at making their favourite meals. I believe that all foods can form part of a healthy diet. With that said, I also believe that any type of…
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The Debate on Dairy – is it essential?

The Debate on Dairy – is it essential?

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Dairy for many was once a staple in our diet – with milk poured over cereal, added to tea or coffee, blended into milkshakes or served straight from the carton as a refreshing drink. Today however, dairy often takes a back seat with more people opting for dairy free alternatives whether it be due to ethical reasons, intolerances or the increase of popular “wellness trends”. Statistics confirm that dairy consumption is on the decline. According to the most recent 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey, more than half the Australian population (aged 2 years and over) have inadequate intakes of calcium. This means a lot of people are not consuming the recommended three serves of dairy per day. Milk consumption in Australia is higher than most western nations, with figures from Dairy…
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Why are we so afraid to eat fats?

Why are we so afraid to eat fats?

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Has the nutrition world gone mad? Time and time again, I hear the words; “Cass, why are you eating that!? It’s full of fat! or “Cass, why are you putting olive oil on your food? It’s full of fat!” For years we have been told that eating dietary fats, essentially makes us fat. This message has been drilled into us so much so, that “low-fat” products are taking over our lives and are often considered to be the healthier choice. The link between saturated fats and coronary heart disease (CHD) was made many years ago1,2, since then, manufacturing has gone crazy over the “low-fat product” scenario that we associate the word fat with “bad” or “weight gain”. It is important to take each fat at face value because not all…
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Eat A Rainbow

Eat A Rainbow

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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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