The Facts About Edible Hemp – How Healthy is it?

The Facts About Edible Hemp – How Healthy is it?

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Hemp, something previously associated with woven bags and tie dye, is now emerging as a popular health food. Although the use of hemp for food, fiber and medicines is not new, it has recently become revived. There was a period of time when hemp crops were banned, many countries have since legalised edible hemp. Australia, who are a bit behind the ball, have only just made this move. Inevitability there will be an explosion of hemp food products in the coming months, and with it there are sure to be some fantastic health claims attached. What’s so great about hemp? Is it as healthy as promised or will we be adding it to the superfood wankery list? Industrial hemp or edible hemp is grown under conditions that reduce the level…
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How Does Technology Influence Eating Habits?

How Does Technology Influence Eating Habits?

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Technology isn’t just changing the way we communicate – it’s changing the way we eat. Take social media for example. Sharing food snaps on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. According to the Choosi Modern Food Trends Report, 39% of respondents claimed social media influences their current eating behaviours, with Gen Ys most likely to be influenced (64.4%). Social media, foodies and awareness Is the big social media influence such a bad thing? The truth is – it’s the perfect vehicle for the foodie movement. It allows you to show the world what you’re eating, where you’re eating, and who you’re eating with. On one hand, it’s making us more aware of what we’re putting into our bodies, which is helping us develop better eating habits.…
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Crazy About Curcumin

Crazy About Curcumin

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If you’ve ever seen bright orange turmeric lattes on Instagram and wondered what all the fuss I about, read on! Curcumin is a valuable phytonutrient within turmeric. While its food sources are limited, it can be found in a myriad of bottled forms. As a pill, or in the form of food, what are the benefits of consuming curcumin? The Benefits Curcumin is found to decrease systemic inflammation. This can help in the reduction of almost all obesity related co-morbidities including cancer, diabetes, hypertension and liver damage. It deactivates a signalling molecule known as Nf-Kappa-B (NfKB). NfKB modulates gene expression of inflammatory cytokines. By inhibiting this molecule, curcumin inhibits the production of cytokines. Hence, reducing inflammation. Curcumin is also an anti-oxidant. This means it helps naturalise the harmful reactive species…
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All Meat, All the Time

All Meat, All the Time

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There is surprising amount of people following an all meat diet. Nothing else. All meat, all the time. I first heard of this meat only diet on a TV show, an entire family that only ate meat. At the time, I thought they were an anomaly, kind of like those people that like to eat glass or other equally unpalatable objects. Apparently, I was wrong. With the popularity of the ketogenic diet on the rise, it seems many are willing to take the next step and go all meat – otherwise known as zero carb – could this be the next big dietary trend? The Zero Carb support group I joined on Facebook has close to 6,500 members, another public forum has nearly 13,000 follower and YouTube videos on the…
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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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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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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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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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What’s the hype about superfoods?

What’s the hype about superfoods?

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When you hear the term ‘superfood’ the infamous açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) probably springs to mind. The açaí berry has been around for thousands of years known for its ‘tremendous health properties’ – ie containing amino acids, fibre, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and natural antioxidant properties (responsible for protecting against free radicals – which contribute to ageing and the development of some diseases). In recent years the açaí berry has been pulped, frozen and introduced into the Western diet in the form of smoothie bowls called “açaí bowls”. Açaí bowls have proved to be extremely popular and have been marketed as a ‘superfood’. But what exactly is a superfood? Although there is no set criteria or definition, a food is considered a ‘superfood’ if it contains a higher concentration of…
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