General nutrition

Coeliac disease vs gluten intolerance

What is the difference between coeliac disease and gluten intolerance?

Coeliac disease vs gluten intolerance

The hCG diet and other fads

Trying to beat the bulge this summer? Dietitians say, 'beware of the 'too-good- to-be-true' and the 'quick fix' diets'.

The hCG diet and other fads

How can you tell if a recipe is healthy?

New Zealanders are becoming more health conscious and seeking healthy recipes more frequently. As a result, a number of popular magazines often feature "healthy" recipes, but on close inspection by dietitians, some of these so-called "healthy" recipes are actually far from it. Don't rely on the publication having calculated the nutritional content of each recipe, or having sought input from a dietitian before pronouncing recipes healthy. Very few publications do this.

So, how can you tell if a recipe is healthy?

How to Spot a Quack

We are interested and concerned about our health and disease and the role nutrition plays. Therefore we are at risk of being exploited by those wanting to profit from the widespread belief in the power of nutritional therapies, and by promotion of unproven and expensive remedies and products. However nutrition is a science, not a religion. It is based on matters of fact, not questions of belief.

So, how do you spot a quack?

Get the truth about 'Salt' for you and your family

The main constituents of salt are sodium and chloride, of which about 40% is sodium. Sodium is an essential part of our daily diet because it plays a vital role in keeping body fluids, such as blood and sweat, in balance. But too much can result in high blood pressure, so while some is good, more is certainly not better.

Download the truth about salt.