Alexandria Redman Q & A

Alexandria Redman Q & A

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Alex Redman, founder of the well-known blog, The Dietitians Pantry is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. We are excited to have the opportunity to gain insight into her expert opinion on all things nutrition. Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and about your current role as a dietitian? I’m not one of those people that always knew they wanted to be a dietitian. However, I knew that I wanted to do something in the ‘health’ field so after high school I enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science which allowed me to study a wide range of health subjects. By the end of the second year, I was loving all of the nutrition subjects I was doing and learning about how food can have such a…
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Thinking of Going Organic?

Thinking of Going Organic?

Health
When we enter any shopping isle, we are confronted with many many different choices. One important decision to weigh up is whether to spend your hard-earned cash on the organic range. The price difference between organic and conventional produce can be huge. For example, at Woolworths, Macro Organic Chicken Breast is $29.99 per kilo whereas the conventional range is less than half that at only $9 per kilo. Likewise, a dozen Elderbrook Farms Caged Eggs are $2.80 whereas Southern Highland Organic Eggs are almost triple that at $7.99 per dozen. The organic options don’t stop there. Today you can purchase a range of organic produce from organic fruits, vegetables, bread, cereals…even makeup and body wash! How do you decide whether going organic is really worth the extra money? Below I…
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Should I Go Gluten Free?

Should I Go Gluten Free?

GI Disorders, Health
With so many gluten-free products hitting the shelves, you may start to wonder whether going gluten-free will help enhance your health. However, before you go cold turkey on gluten, are there actually any general health benefits to following a gluten-free diet? Keep reading to find out exactly what gluten is and why going gluten-free may benefit some people but not others. What is Gluten Anyway? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins, glutenin and gliadin, naturally found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is also artificially added to many processed foods such as gravy and candy bars. Gluten plays an important role in maintaining the shape and structure of foods. For instance, gluten is added to gravy to ensure it is thick and gluggy. If Gluten Is…
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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Us?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Us?

Health
The food industry relies heavily on artificial sweeteners as cheap sugar substitutes. Are they bad for us? Artificial sweeteners are, to many, a miracle substance, allowing them to have their cake and eat it too. Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute used to sweeten food using few kilojoules. They can come in different forms such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. Artificial sweeteners can be found in a variety of ‘low calorie’ or ‘diet’ foods such as soft drinks, yogurt and baked goods. Artificial sweeteners can be used in tiny amounts compared to sugar because they are a lot sweeter. This is because the sugar receptors in the body detect natural sugar in large quantities. In comparison, artificial sweeteners are able to bind to the receptor in such a way that…
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