Your gut bacteria named

Which bacteria gives us a healthy digestive system and how do we get them? Dietitian Kathleen Alleaume explains. One of the most revolutionary topics in health right now is also one of the least sexy. We’re talking about the tiny critters that live in our gut and what scientists call the gut microbiome (or gut flora): an ecosystem made up...

Eat together

Certain combinations of nutrients work better together. Dietitian Ashleigh Feltham outlines four key ones. 1 The key to unlocking iron There are two types of iron: haem iron from animal sources and non-animal sources called non-haem iron. The latter can be more difficult for your body to use, so this where vitamin C in various vegetables can help, as it helps...

The science of hangry

Do you feel the rage when you’re starving? Angela Tufvesson explains why you get hangry. Have you ever snapped at anyone when you’re hungry? If so, you were probably “hangry” – a fusion of “hungry” and “angry” that causes people to feel grumpy and irritated when they’re more than a little peckish. What causes hanger? The brain needs glucose, which is sourced...

Supermarket sweep: fruit juices rated

The sugar content in some supermarket juices rivals that of soft drinks. Dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon assesses the risk from juice. Juice is simply the concentrated version of fruit itself. You don’t need it every day, but once in a while is fine. Although it’s rich in the same nutrients as fresh fruit including vitamin C, folate and potassium, you get...

Bananas: the new sports drink?

Bananas may be better than a sports drink for endurance exercise, according to a new study – and dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon isn’t surprised. We know bananas are a traditional energy source and they’re great before a workout, but can they really replace sports drinks? Yes, to according to research, which says that in addition to fuelling athletes and helping them...

Happy tummy

Keep your digestive system in check with this edited extract from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet cook book. Salmon and cauliflower fishcakes Serves 4 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets 2 potatoes, quartered, steamed and chilled overnight 545g tinned salmon, drained, skin and bones removed, flaked ¼ cup plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 lemon, finely grated...

Vegan mince: it’s a thing

Coles is selling a meat substitute called Minced that’s 100% plant-based and contains rehydrated soy protein isolate, coconut oil and soy flour. We asked dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon what she thought. “It looks and tastes like lean mince, but it’s higher in sodium, kilojoules and saturated fat,” she said. Gold stars for innovation, but unless you’re a vegan, she suggests...

The summer protective vitamin

As the hot weather approaches, up your intake of vitamin E to shield your skin and hair for a healthy summer glow, says Ashleigh Feltham. We all know sunshine is a great source of vitamin D, but there’s another vitamin that’s critical for summer. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin and hair from the...

What to eat and not to eat when training

The meals you eat before and after a workout have a direct impact on performance and recovery, explains sports dietitian Gabrielle Maston. Before training The right pre-workout meal will give you enough energy and drive to smash your workout, while the wrong one will ruin it. It’s a careful balance – you don’t want to eat so much that you feel...

Recover with a banana

Bananas may be better for recovery after exercise than a sports drink, according to a US study. The carbohydrates in bananas work as well as sports drinks to fuel athletes and help them recover after exertion. But the researchers found an additional benefit: bananas also provide greater anti-inflammatory benefits than sports drinks, helping to reduce pain and swelling.

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