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How to Debunk Food Labels

How to Debunk Food Labels

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You have probably seen people scouting food labels down the supermarket aisle from time to time, but have you ever wondered what they are looking at specifically? Understanding how to read and interpret food labels can be a difficult task and this article is going to help breakdown the key parts that are found on food labels to hopefully make grocery shopping that little bit easier. So, let’s break it down starting with the most important piece of information: The Nutrition Information Panel The nutrition information panel (NIP) is a requirement as part of FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand) legislation. By law, all products are required to include a nutrition information panel excluding products such as fresh produce, herbs and spices, water and alcoholic beverages. People might read…
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Hungry for Health

Hungry for Health

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  I love my food. And I hate being hungry. In fact, I don’t get hungry, I get hangry (any one of my friends will tell you). The benefits of fasting have to be pretty darn spectacular for me to even consider giving it a go. After some research, I was pretty impressed with what I found and I’m shocked to say, that even I, a hunger hater, would consider going hungry for health. Helpful Hunger In the 1930’s the American Great Depression saw severe drought and food restriction. During this time, the average life expectancy (unexpectedly) increased by 6 years! Nowadays, westerners can go a lifetime without experiencing true hunger and life expectancy (for the first time in history) is going down. This pushes the question; are these two…
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It is difficult to overeat lean meat

It is difficult to overeat lean meat

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  A lot of people discourage having large quantities of meat (which also has some merit for different reasons) - but I have found increasing somebody’s intake of lean meats can be quite effective if they are looking to lose weight. Firstly, most of the people I see are averaging <1g protein per kg of body weight when I first see them. The evidence shows that ~1.75g/kg is optimal for maintaining as much muscle as possible during a general fat loss phase. Obviously, I have to factor in the leanness of the individual when estimating how much protein is needed e.g. somebody who has a high body fat percentage will need slightly less protein due to having less muscle, but it is still likely that >1g of protein is optimal.…
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Ellie Bullen Q & A

Ellie Bullen Q & A

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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Ellie, I am a 24-year-old nutritionist and dietitian from Australia. I run an Instagram and blog called Elsa’s Wholesome Life where I share my healthy lifestyle, recipes and travels. 2) I saw that your philosophy is “Eat More Plants” – can you elaborate on that and why it is your philosophy? Well, during university one of the key nutrition problems that was highlighted was that only 5% of Australians eat the recommended number of vegetable servings. My philosophy to ‘Eat More Plants’ is basically just encouraging people at the simplest level to eat more plant based foods. It is good for your health and the environment. 3) What are some of your top nutrition tips for somebody…
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Rebecca Gawthorne Q & A

Rebecca Gawthorne Q & A

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  1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Bec. I live in Cronulla Beach in Sydney. I have the most amazing husband Laurent & I love being outdoors in the sunshine eating mangoes. I’m also a Dietitian & Nutritionist and own the Instagram @nourish_naturally.   2) What do you see as some of the opportunities and challenges for dietitians in the future? The online world, especially social media! Take Instagram for example. There are over 95 million photos uploaded to IG every day & over 40 billion posts made to date. That’s one engaged platform & a great deal of this engagement centres around food & health. Dietitians are the authority on food & nutrition and thus we need to have a presence on…
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The GM Debate

The GM Debate

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With Blade Runner being re-hashed on the Hollywood scene, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about genetic manipulation lately. Although it doesn’t have quiet the same sci-fi flare, food genetic manipulation is still a pretty exciting area. Not too long ago, genetic manipulation was a thing of the future. Now, it’s here (or at least it will be soon)! The technology is astounding and pretty much the only thing standing in it’s way is a hugely complex ethical debate. This debate is so multi-faceted and filled with so much potential, that I couldn’t dream of summarising it in one piece of writing. Here, are just a few ideas being thrown around, that I think are important for everyone to understand and are especially relevant to my passion, food. The Possibilities…
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Nutrition on Twitter: The Starter Pack

Nutrition on Twitter: The Starter Pack

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For all the nutrition gurus or nutrition enthusiasts out there is a Twitter account going to benefit you? Managing multiple social media accounts can be tricky and sometimes time consuming, so is it worth setting up another platform? In my opinion, the answer is yes. Without question Twitter has to be one of the best resources for staying in the loop on trending nutrition and science topics. It is also a great tool for nutrition professionals to network and support each other. While I have been wanting to encourage my peers to get on Twitter for a while now, I recognise that starting out it can be difficult. The initial task of finding people tweeting about topics and issues you are interested in can take some time. So to make…
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Health in Flames

Health in Flames

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There are two types of inflammation; acute and systemic. Acute inflammation is what you experience with a headache, wound or back pain. Popping an anti-inflammatory will help you out with this. Systemic inflammation on the other hand, is going to need a hell of a lot more than a few Neurofen to rectify. What Is Systemic Inflammation? Systemic inflammation is described as elevated circulating cytokines, which are molecules secreted by cells that have a biological function. These nasty little molecules wreak havoc on the body by promoting oxidative stress, reducing insulin sensitivity and other negative functions. Systemic inflammation is a silent killer that parallels obesity and is a common denominator of its co-morbidities, of which include hypertension, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. The Long Run You may…
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Becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States

Becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States

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The field of nutrition and dietetics is thriving in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statics, jobs in the field of dietetics are expected to increase by 14% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average rate of other careers in the US. Entering into the field of dietetics right now is a great choice for students who are passionate about health and nutrition. With rates of obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle related illnesses on the rise, as well as an aging population, nutrition professional are needed more than ever. What is the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States and what do career prospects look like? University Level Accredited Coursework Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) requires an undergraduate degree and completion of…
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14 Facts People Don’t Know About Nutrition

14 Facts People Don’t Know About Nutrition

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Many people are confused by nutrition. This confusion relates to the sheer volume of information available to us at any one time. It’s hard to know who to trust. Anyone can publish information about nutrition and many people do with and without adequate training in nutrition. To help to clear up some misinformation, here are the top facts that most people don’t know about nutrition: 1. Nutrition is a science. You’ve eaten all your life so you have come to know what foods you enjoy and what makes you feel good. This is great! Unfortunately, many people take this as being an expert on nutrition. Just because something worked for you, it does not mean that it will work for everyone else in the world. 2. Variety of food increases…
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