Did you know? 92% of Australians don’t consume enough vegetables daily (<5 serves).
52% of Australians don’t consume enough fruits daily (<2 serves).
2 in 3 (63%) of Australians are overweight or obese from excessive energy intake (carbohydrate, fat, protein, alcohol). Simple tips:
1) Fill half of your plate or bowl with non-starchy vegetables first. Then place your carbohydrates (grains or starchy vegetables) and lean protein which should be one quarter each.
2) Obtain y
A food craving is an intense desire to eat a specific food or types of food, which can contribute to overeating and weight gain. Research has been inconclusive but there has been increasing evidence towards emotional and restrained eating as the cause. Potential mechanisms:
1. Decrease in progesterone and oestrogen pre- and during menstruation. However, studies have shown that cravings remain post-menopause, cravings remain despite increasing progesterone levels and found no
Chocolate is made from cocoa pod (a fruit) which contains antioxidants called polyphenols (in particular flavanols). Dark chocolate contains more cocoa solids than milk chocolate. The evidence is behind high polyphenol (≥500mg) cocoa/chocolate which can increase endothelial (blood vessel cell) function, modestly reduce systolic blood pressure and reduces platelet activity (blood clotting) to benefit heart health. However, during processing flavanols are removed due to their b
Bone composition= 65% hydroxyapatite (calcium and phosphorus) + 25% water +10% collagen +other minerals. We reach our Peak Bone Mass (the densest and strongest our bones can be) when we are 19-30 years old. After this age we cannot deposit more calcium in our bones. If we do not get enough calcium from our diet, calcium is withdrawn from our bones without any symptoms. This could lead to osteoporosis (‘porous bones’) and increase risk of fractures. Most people don’t know they
No, studies have shown that milk does not cause phlegm or increase mucous production in throat or airways. However, you may feel that your saliva is thicker from the temporary mixing of milk and saliva. Don’t avoid dairy. It’s an important source of calcium and protein! Aim to reach your daily dairy serves today :) Source: Wüthrich B, Schmid A, Walther B, Sieber R. Milk Consumption Does Not Lead to Mucus Production or Occurrence of Asthma. Journal of the American College of N
Everyone talks about weight. But what is it? Body weight= fat + muscle + organs + bones + water Health risks arise from excess body fat. Excess body fat can increase risks of fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and certain cancers. Some fat is essential for body functions such as in bone marrow, organs, central nervous system, muscles and female reproduction. So what we want is to ‘lose excess body fat’, not necessarily ‘lose weight’. Pers
One food does not provide all the nutrients we need, having a balanced diet would help you obtain all the essential nutrients required for good health and the prevention of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis. Base your meals and snacks on the FIVE CORE FOOD GROUPS: Vegetables Fruits Grains- wholemeal, wholegrain or high fibre varieties Dairy- reduced fat Meat/alternatives- lean Non-core foods are your discretionary i.e. junk foods s