Coconut Oil: Healthy or Hype?

Coconut Oil: Healthy or Hype?

Health
I recently walked into one of my favourite little boutiques on the Gold Coast, a destination notorious for it’s health-conscious, Lorna Jane-clad specimens, and came across a new product that, as a dietitian, made me roll my eyes… Coconut oil capsules. I must admit I picked the item up out of interest, as it was packaged in a trendy white shampoo container, with stylish typography slathered across the front (marketing that I’m sure a lot of people succumb to). “We all know the health benefits of coconut oil for healthy hair, skin and nails. Its good for the outside of your body as well as inside…” stated the label. Is it? Lets have a look at these claims and see if there’s any truth behind them… What is coconut oil…
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Spice up Your Salads with This Simple Olive Oil Dressing

Spice up Your Salads with This Simple Olive Oil Dressing

Food
  This is one of my favourite recipes that I am sharing with you! It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s most importantly, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY! How could you possibly say no to that? I love adding this to my salads, particularly when I have a lot of green leaves (which I find can be quite boring in flavour but that’s just me!) I have become quite obsessed with olive oil since I started doing my research on the Mediterranean diet – I honestly put it on everything I can #noshame – so I couldn’t think of a better way to funk up my salads than with an extra virgin olive oil based salad. So.. using extra virgin olive oil as my base – this salad dressing will spice up any…
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What Is a Mediterranean Diet and What Are the Benefits?

What Is a Mediterranean Diet and What Are the Benefits?

Health
  What is a Mediteranen Diet? The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on traditional foods and drinks of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The archetypal traditional ‘Cretan’ Mediterranean diet was first established three decades ago as a cardio-protective diet in the Seven Countries Study [1]. Keys and co-workers found that residents in Crete in Greece had the lowest mortality from heart disease and this was positively associated with their dietary pattern. This traditional dietary pattern is characterized by an abundance of plant-based foods such as leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, whole grain cereals, nuts and seeds, olive oil used as the main added dietary fat, moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products, fish and seafood, smaller quantities of red meat and red wine to be…
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