Supermarket sweep: yoghurt

With yoghurt said to be an anti-inflammatory superhero, we asked dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon to check the dairy aisle and pick the healthy yoghurts from the indulgent. The yoghurt aisle can be a maze to navigate. With options like natural, Greek, pot set, light, full fat, no added sugar, lactose-free and more, it can be difficult to know what to put...

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...

Is sugar in fruit bad?

Fruit is one of the biggest sources of sugar in your diet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good for you! Dietitian Paula Norris dispels the myths about fruit sugar. We eat it for breakfast, we snack on it during the day and it’s our healthy dessert option. Fruit plays a vital role in most healthy diets, but it continues to get...

Tasty animals no more

Going vegan has become a serious trend when one of its most avowed haters, chef Gordon Ramsay, announces that he’s giving it a try. The man who once belonged to PETA (“People Eating Tasty Animals”, that is) tweeted that he was going to “give this #vegan thing a try”. Even among hardcore body builders, the trend towards plant-based proteins...

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.

Healthiest ice creams

In her favourite edition of Supermarket Sweep, dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon reviews icy treats that claim to be healthy. There’s a new breed of ice cream for the health conscious. Whether it comes with prebiotics, a higher protein content or without sugar, some of the offerings just seem too good to be true. So do the health claims really stack up,...

The inconvenient truth

With low-carb diets a huge fad in health and fitness, some nutritionists are risking the ire of the keto crowd by pointing out an inconvenient fact: a lack of carbs potentially damages the gut microbiome, which needs carbs such as bananas for prebiotics — the stuff that feeds the gut bacteria. Noted nutritionist Joanna McMillan points out that a...

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...

The experts on intermittent fasting

It’s recognised as one of the most effective diets for weight loss. Our senior dietitians explain how intermittent fasting works. What you need to know Intermittent fasting eating plans are all about having a break, in which you give your body a rest from digestion. The idea is for your body to have some downtime from food. There are many variations of this food plan....

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