Food Stuff

Dangerous nutrition advice?

Amanda Johnson Aug 01, 2012

I was interested to read this week about a case in the USA where an unlicensed ‘Life Coach’ was suing the Nutrition Licensing Board! Apparently, the ‘Life Coach’ is trying to prevent the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition from stopping him providing advice to people with diabetes and has asked the court to void North Carolina’s Dietetics/Nutrition Practice … Read More

Is the food industry ripe for scrutiny?

Amanda Johnson Jun 20, 2012

The journal PLoS Medicine (Public Library of Science Medicine) has today (June 20) launched a special series of articles highlighting the influence and impact of the food industry. Seven articles, published over the next three weeks, will examine the activities and influence of ‘Big Food’ (defined as the multinational food and beverage industry with huge and concentrated market … Read More

Should we be drinking 2 litres of water a day?

Amanda Johnson Jun 06, 2012

According to an editorial published today in the Australian and New Zealand Public Health Journal, the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of pure water appears to be an over-estimation of requirements. This advice by Spero Tsindos from La Trobe University in Australia is nothing new — but does stem from misunderstandings about fluid recommendations. Of course water is a healthy … Read More

Managing obesity in primary care

Amanda Johnson May 16, 2012

A new paper published yesterday (14 May 2012) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has reviewed the literature from January 2006 to July 2011 to establish the most effective methods for managing the ever increasing problem of obesity in the primary care setting. Say the authors, ’there is an urgent need to find simple, effective strategies for improving … Read More

New study shows discrimination against obese people

Amanda Johnson May 09, 2012

A new study published this month in the International Journal of Obesity by an international collaboration of researchers from New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Hawaii, has shown that discrimination against obese people is occurring in the work place. Researchers used a newly-developed measure of anti-fat prejudice, the universal measure of bias (UMB), to predict workplace discrimination against … Read More

How much salt is in our food?

Amanda Johnson Apr 19, 2012

A new study just published this week (16 April) by Canadian researchers has looked at the salt content of different foods in countries around the world, including New Zealand. It’s an interesting paper! You’d think, for example, that if you ordered a burger from Burger King, McDonald’s, or KFC; or even a Subway sandwich, or a Domino’s pizza, … Read More

Meat and cancer

Amanda Johnson Mar 26, 2012

One headline that just keeps on popping up in the media is the one about red meat causing cancer. Every few years there is a new study or report published claiming a link and it always grabs the headlines. The study published earlier this month by a research team from the Harvard School of Public Health was no … Read More

Defining ‘best’ foods is a matter of ‘fact’, not ‘perception’

Amanda Johnson Mar 20, 2012

I was shocked to read an article in the Sunday Star Times a week ago (11 March) by Lee-Anne Wann that was full of inaccuracies, was misleading, and could be potentially dangerous for some people. The article Defining ‘best’ foods is a matter of perception made the following incorrect claims: 1. Not all people carry excess body fat because of … Read More

Pure, white and deadly?

Amanda Johnson Mar 15, 2012

It’s now 40 years since Professor John Yudkin (a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of London from 1954 to 1971) published his controversial book Pure White and Deadly. It’s about sugar by the way, in case you didn’t know! Yet still the sugar debate rages on just as strongly today. Over the last month it’s been a … Read More