Is Organic Food Better for You?

Is Organic Food Better for You?

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. The conventional range is less than half that at only $9 per kilo. A dozen Elderbrook Farms Caged Eggs are $2.80. 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…
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How to Change Your Diet to Optimise Fertility

How to Change Your Diet to Optimise Fertility

So you’ve made the momentous decision to try for a baby! Be it your first, or fifth, it’s a good idea to get yourself prepared as early on as possible. Optimal nutrition is vital to ensuring that you and your partner have the best chance of getting pregnant and also setting up a foundation for a strong and healthy new addition. Food, nutrition and lifestyle choices are crucial for optimising your fertility. Let’s look at 3 key changes you may need to consider before you grow your family. Boost B vitamins B group vitamins are used in energy metabolism helping…
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Do Vitamin D Supplements Reduce Your Risk of Fractures? A Review Of The Research

Do Vitamin D Supplements Reduce Your Risk of Fractures? A Review Of The Research

To follow up on my previous post on calcium supplements, this post will be on the effect that vitamin D supplements have on fractures risk. The majority of our vitamin D comes from the sun and a small amount comes from our diet. Surprisingly, even though Australia is known for its sunny weather, approximately one-third of Australians are deficient in vitamin D. With the knowledge that vitamin D increases the effect of calcium, it is common sense to assume that it would be good for bone health. To make the assumption even stronger, supplementation also leads to an increase in bone…
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Do Calcium Supplements Reduce Fractures Risk? An Analysis of the Research

Do Calcium Supplements Reduce Fractures Risk? An Analysis of the Research

Recently I asked myself a question about whether there were any topics of nutrition that I could write about that very few people in the nutrition world were already providing. The conclusion that I came to was the findings of my systematic review that I did in my final year at university. This was on the topic of whether calcium and vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of fractures in the elderly. I chose this subject because there had been no clear answer in the research. I figured that it’s something that I could share that nobody else could. It…
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The Mediterranean Diet: Everything You Need to Know

The Mediterranean Diet: Everything You Need to Know

What is the Mediterranean Diet? The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on traditional foods and drinks of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean diet was first established three decades ago as a cardio-protective diet in the Seven Countries Study. 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, legumes, nuts and seeds, olive oil…
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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Us? An Analysis

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Us? An Analysis

Artificial sweeteners have been used in the food industry for decades. The demand for them comes down to their sweet, satisfying taste minus the calories. It is a bit like having your cake and eating it too. But there has been a lot of debate over the safety and efficacy of using artificial sweeteners. Studies have explored the associations between artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners and a range of health outcomes including diabetes, cancer, gut health as well as changes to body weight.  However, the current pool of evidence is conflicting for the most part. We don’t really have a clear…
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