Food and Health

Cooking and eating healthy has never been more easy or delicious. The Food and Health category has articles on the many aspects of how food and your health inter-relate. Whether its about the nutrition or health benefits of a certain food or the bodies requirements we have articles to help. Food safety and much more is covered here.

Annatto Benefits and Precautions

Annatto is safe for most people when used in food amounts; it can cause rare allergic reactions in those who are sensitive. Annatto has been linked to cases of food-related allergies, but it is not one of the “Big Eight” allergens.

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Are Green Potatoes Safe To Eat ?

When potatoes are exposed to either artificial or natural light, they develop a green colour and can become unsuitable for consumption. Greening can develop at any stage – on the farm, in the washing shed, in the retail outlet or in the home.

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Awesome Foods That Will Give You Great Skin

There are many tasty foods that can give you great skin, and including some of them in your eating plan is essential.

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Food For Thought

Bad Foods that Are Good for Weight Loss – Slideshow

A fresh look at bad foods – We were taught to avoid these foods in the past, but science now says they may fuel weight loss.

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Body Mass Index – BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is one method used to estimate your total body fat. This helps to determine if your weight is within the normal range, or if you are underweight or overweight. The BMI of children must be compared against age and sex-specific charts.

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Brushing Your Teeth

Most of us learned to brush our teeth when we were children. We have stuck with the same brushing technique into adulthood. Unfortunately, many of us learned how to brush the wrong way. And even if we learned the right way, we might not always stick to it. Brushing correctly is tricky. You want to remove plaque without brushing too hard and damaging your gums.

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Calcium

Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Calcium deficiency can lead to disorders like osteoporosis (brittle bones). Good sources of calcium include dairy foods and calcium fortified products such as soymilk and breakfast cereals. Calcium is especially important for young children, teenagers and older women.

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Carotenoids

What are carotenoids? – Carotenoids, the colourful plant pigments some of which the body can turn into vitamin A, are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease, and act to enhance your immune response to infections.

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Ciguatera Poisoning

Ciguatera is a foodborne illness caused by eating certain reef fish whose flesh is contaminated with toxins originally produced by dinoflagellates such as Gambierdiscus toxicus which live in tropical and subtropical waters.

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Culantro – Traditional Medicine Uses

Culantro has been used in traditional medicine for burns, earache, fevers, hypertension, constipation, fits, asthma, stomachache, worms, infertility complications, snake bites, diarrhea, and malaria.

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Cutting Boards and Food Safety

Wondering about the best kind of cutting board to use to help avoid a food-related illness – Here’s all the info you need.

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Dietary Fibre

The main role of fibre is to keep the digestive system healthy. Other terms for dietary fibre include ‘bulk’ and ‘roughage’, which can be misleading since some forms of fibre are water-soluble and aren’t bulky or rough at all.

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Feta Cheese – Is it Healthy

Feta cheese has a grainy texture and can be used in salads and pastries. Adding feta cheese to salads gives them a unique taste. But, is feta cheese healthy? There are several benefits as well as disadvantages of having feta cheese.

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Fish and Shellfish Poisoning

This article describes a group of different conditions caused by eating contaminated fish and seafood. The most common of these are Ciguatera poisoning, Scombroid poisoning, and various shellfish poisonings.

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Food Contamination – Mercury in Fish

It’s good to eat enough fish, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding. Fish are a valuable source of protein, minerals, vitamin B12 and iodine. They are low in saturated fat and contain omega-3 fatty acids which are important for the development of babies’ central nervous systems before and after birth.

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Food Poisoning and Food Spoilage

As living organisms go, bacteria lead fairly simple lives. They don’t walk or crawl, so the only time they go anywhere is when someone moves them. Otherwise, they pretty much stay put, content to spend their time eating and making more of themselves.

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Food Temperature Danger Zone

It’s pretty easy to avoid eating spoiled food. If the funky smell doesn’t warn you off, the weird colour probably will.

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Foods to Help You Lose Weight

Millions is spent on slimming-down products, many of which don’t even work. A better way to get real weight-loss results – Go grocery shopping.

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Gastroenteritis – Campylobacteriosis

Campylobacteriosis is a type of gastroenteritis (gastro) caused by a bacteria known as Campylobacter. Symptoms usually develop two to five days after becoming infected with the bacteria.

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Half Of “NATURAL” Foods Unhealthy

Australians are being urged to be wary of foods which claim to be ‘natural’ with new research showing that almost 5 in 10 ‘natural’ products are high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt.

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