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Eat A Rainbow

Eat A Rainbow

Health
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 schools. 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’. Nutrition Australia’s ‘Eat A Rainbow’ campaign refers to the importance…
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Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

Health
You have probably heard the terms ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ thrown around but what actually are they and what is the difference between the two? What is the difference between the two? Probiotics are live microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when taken in large doses they can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract, as well as helping to aid digestion. In order for the good bacteria to survive in our bowels, we need to feed them with prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that allow for good bacteria to stick to the bowel wall, whilst helping to stimulate their growth. Probiotic = live microorganismsPrebiotic = non-digestible fibres A simple way of thinking of it is the probiotics are the beneficial bacteria and prebiotics are the…
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Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When I finished high school, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was thinking about pursuing an arts degree when I stumbled across a seminar on nutrition at one of the university open days. Four and a bit years later (2016) I completed the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at Monash University, excited and ready to start my career as a dietitian. Like many new graduate and young dietitians, I really struggled with the job search. It felt like I was constantly writing and submitting applications and attending interviews – but with no luck. Throughout my degree, I thought I had developed a great resume that would be attractive to employers – I had volunteered for several…
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Why You Should Include Omega 3s in Your Diet

Why You Should Include Omega 3s in Your Diet

Health
You have probably heard the term good fats and bad fats being thrown around and it can be confusing differentiating between the two, however, omega-3s are definitely a type of good fat that you should be including more in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids refer to a family of essential fatty acids that play numerous important roles within the body. Our bodies do not produce these types of fats on their own and therefore we must get them from food. There are a number of different types of Omega-3 fatty acids but the three most important types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Not only does your body require Omega-3 fatty acids to function, but they also deliver a number of proven health benefits, including…
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Chloe McLeod Q & A

Chloe McLeod Q & A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve lived in Sydney for the last five years, but I grew up in South Australia in the country. When I finished university, I decided that I would not stay in Adelaide, which is where I studied, and I got a job in Northeast Victoria working in the local health service there. I stayed there for a couple of years; I’d planned on a year, but I really liked the job and the people, so I stayed longer. And then I moved down to Melbourne for about a year before moving up to Sydney. I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition and how food impacts on the body, and I’ve got food intolerances myself to some degree, which is…
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The Healthy Man Salad

The Healthy Man Salad

Food
The Healthy Man Salad is designed to break away from the leafy salad, providing protein, complex carbs, flavour and a filling meal designed to satisfy any man. It is well known that salads and men often do not mix, with a healthy salad often being low on the wish list for the typical Aussie man. The Simpsons once upon a time coined the old saying “you don’t win friends with salad” which lives on to this day. It is true, and since its creation, has been sung by men around the globe ever since. As an example, I was recently at a friendly BBQ get together, gathering a plate of slow-smoked brisket and the accompanying salad (a colourful homemade slaw). Offering the silver slaw serving spoon to my male companion,…
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Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Sports
The world of sport is a very competitive place. Athletes are forever searching for that little something extra to give them an edge. A common supplement used for this very purpose is creatine. Creatine is a compound synthesised from the two amino acids (protein constituents) guanidine and arginine. It is thought to improve the early stages of physical performance, power capacity, muscle growth and endurance capacity. Since significant research and promising evidence surrounds creatine, it is classified as an ergogenic (performance-enhancing) aid. Its’ sporting applications are why companies can sell the supplemental powder form at $30 a tub. However, it also occurs naturally in the flesh of animals, and can, therefore, be obtained in the diet. This begs the question; why would anyone fork out for the supplement when a…
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Tim Crowe Q & A

Tim Crowe Q & A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Well, my career has come from different directions. I started first as a research scientist; I spent a lot of my career in medical research, mostly laboratory-based. But I found I was much more interested in the role of nutrition in disease prevention, and also the role of nutrition in sports performance. I was reading a lot of papers in these areas, rather than actually doing the core research that I was employed to do and my career was focused upon. It led me into exploring what sort of careers were open to me, and the word “dietetics” kept coming up quite a bit. So, I bit the bullet and retrained as a dietitian, and for the last 16 or so…
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What Is IBS, and How Do We Manage It?

What Is IBS, and How Do We Manage It?

GI Disorders
It seems everywhere you go, someone new is trying out a gluten-free diet, and complaining of feeling bloated, uncomfortable, or suffering from diarrhoea or constipation. Does this mean they have IBS? But wait. What is IBS, and how do we manage it? What is IBS? Approximately 20% of Australians suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, commonly known as IBS. IBS is a chronic condition, meaning long term management is required. Symptoms include stomach cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, wind, constipation and diarrhea. It is also common for there to be periods in your life where symptoms are worse or are better. How do we manage it? IBS, for most people, is triggered by consumption of high FODMAP foods, whilst stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and physical activity all play a role as…
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Caffeine and Sports Performance

Caffeine and Sports Performance

Sports
From Saturday night Jager bombs to a humble cup of tea, caffeine can be found in a huge range of commonly consumed beverages (and foods), and it’s no secret that it delivers a sometimes much-needed energy hit. Not as common knowledge, however, is the way you could be using this chemical compound to enhance your athletic performance… Caffeine is derived from a range of nuts, seeds and leaves and acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist throughout the body (i.e. it increases the production of adrenaline, pushing your body into that “fight or flight” mode that helped us escape tigers back in the Paleolithic days). Over recent years, caffeine has been shown to enhance athletic performance, with the bulk of these benefits thought to be due to its effect on the…
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