10 most popular posts of 2016

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Here are the 10 most popular posts on my Foodwatch website for the year 2016.

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Sugars. These days, it’s not just white sugar you have to worry about. It’s agave, rice malt syrup, panela, high-fructose corn syrup and coconut sugar – all trendy alternative sugars that appear on ingredient lists of muesli bars, muffins, cake mixes and bliss balls. There are more and more of them and they’re often used to disguise the total amount of sugar present and to make a food appear more healthy than it actually is. Think “Health Halo” gone beserk. Here are all the different names…

48 shades of hidden sugars! - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

Sugars. These days, it’s not just white sugar you have to worry about. It’s agave, rice malt syrup, panela, high-fructose corn syrup and coconut sugar – all trendy alternative sugars that appear on ingredient lists of muesli bars, muffins, cake mixes and bliss balls. There are more and more of them and they’re often used to disguise the total amount of sugar present and to make a food appear more healthy than it actually is. Think “Health Halo” gone beserk. Here are all the different names…

I’ve never seen so many nutrition claims on one pack before! Here in my hand is a bag of corn chips that has just about every Health Halo you can think of, starting with ‘certified organic’ (not simply ‘organic’); and working through ‘gluten-free’, ‘no flavours or colours’ and a long list of ‘Free-froms’ (e.g. no dairy, sugar, soy, wheat, egg or MSG). But once you strip those away, what you’re left with is a packet of plain old corn chips with just as much fat, as much saturated fat and…

Health Halo overload - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

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Nothing irritates me more than throwing out packets of wilted mushy herbs at the end of the week. Such a huge waste! Unless I’m using them in a Vietnamese salad, those bunches of fresh, pre-cut herbs are always too large. Now I reckon I’ve found a better alternative – Poppin Pods.  This post has been sponsored by Poppin Pods

Product Review: Poppin Pods - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

Nothing irritates me more than throwing out packets of wilted mushy herbs at the end of the week. Such a huge waste! Unless I’m using them in a Vietnamese salad, those bunches of fresh, pre-cut herbs are always too large. Now I reckon I’ve found a better alternative – Poppin Pods. This post has been sponsored by Poppin Pods

Sick of sweet, fizzy drinks or mocktails at the club when you don’t want to drink any alcohol? Want to get a good night’s sleep and be on top of things the next morning but still enjoy a beer out with friends? Then listen up – there’s a new beer on the market with only 0.9 per cent alcohol but with the full flavour and good taste of full-strength beer.

Product Snapshot: Hahn Ultra beer - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

Sick of sweet, fizzy drinks or mocktails at the club when you don’t want to drink any alcohol? Want to get a good night’s sleep and be on top of things the next morning but still enjoy a beer out with friends? Then listen up – there’s a new beer on the market with only 0.9 per cent alcohol but with the full flavour and good taste of full-strength beer.

Can you really get something healthy from a plant that produces something unhealthy? It appears so. An Australian company has found a way to turn the usual waste product of sugarcane into a powdered fibre with endless, beneficial possibilities...

Kfibre: sugarcane’s little known, healthier cousin - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

Can you really get something healthy from a plant that produces something unhealthy? It appears so. An Australian company has found a way to turn the usual waste product of sugarcane into a powdered fibre with endless, beneficial possibilities...

There’s a sugar-free craze sweeping the diet world at the moment, and while most of it is just faddish there have been some new, and hopefully better, products to come out of it! Let’s take a look at these No Sugar Added bars to see how they stack up and also find out what they are sweetened with instead.

Product Snapshot: Well Naturally, No Sugar Added, Cereal Bars - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

There’s a sugar-free craze sweeping the diet world at the moment, and while most of it is just faddish there have been some new, and hopefully better, products to come out of it! Let’s take a look at these No Sugar Added bars to see how they stack up and also find out what they are sweetened with instead.

Coca Cola’s latest variant Coke Life has hit our supermarket shelves and I’m sure you’ve seen it! Packaged in bright spring-green cans and bottles with a distinctive green label (a real contrast to the well-known red label), Coke Life brags how it contains 35 per cent less sugar and kilojoules than regular Coke but claims to preserve the classic Coke taste.  Not being a Coke drinker myself, I asked a student dietitian and her cola-drinking friends to do a taste-test for me. Read on for…

Product Snapshot: Coke Life vs Coke Regular – a side by side taste test - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

Coca Cola’s variant Coke Life hit our supermarket shelves in 2015 and I’m sure you’ve seen it! Packaged in bright spring-green cans and bottles with a distinctive label that was a real contrast to the well-known red label, Coke Life brags how it contains 35 per cent less sugar and kilojoules than regular Coke but claims to preserve the classic Coke taste. Not being a Coke drinker myself, I asked a student dietitian and her cola-drinking friends to do a taste-test for me. Read on for their…

Scientists have been sounding a warning about the correlation between sedentary lifestyles and poor health for years. That’s why we’re all advised to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes three times a week. However, you can’t afford to “rest on your laurels” if you manage it. In fact, you can’t afford to rest too long on anything...

Want more energy and better health? Stand up! - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

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A. Yes, a yeast spread such as Vegemite is a rich source of Thiamin or vitamin B1. In terms of your requirements, adults need 1.1 mg (women) and 1.2 mg (men) of Thiamin a day. Children need less depending on their body weight, e.g. a child aged 4 to 8 years needs 0.6mg which is just about half the adult amount.

Q. Is Vegemite a good way to get my vitamin B1? - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

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Many women spend much of their lives going from one unsuccessful diet to another, convinced that they just haven’t found the right one yet, or that they lack the willpower necessary to stick to one. But what if the problem is actually DIETING itself?

Why the perfect diet might be no diet at all - Catherine Saxelby's Foodwatch

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