Nutrition labels for Kiwi beer 1

Nutrition labels for Kiwi beer

Two New Zealand beer producers have announced they will add nutrition information panels to the back of bottles, cans and packaging. The voluntary initiative will see the Brewers Association New Zealand, in partnership with two members Lion and DB, adding nutritional information to around 450 million beer bottles and cans throughout the year.   According

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Weight-loss tips for men: Beer 2

Weight-loss tips for men: Beer

Weight-loss expert Andrew Dickson has advice for men on a favourite topic: beer. Beer is a problem for men. It's as simple as that. It's the average bloke's socially acceptable way to catch up with a mate, or relax after mowing the lawns. It's the main feature of Friday afternoon 'beer-o'clock'. I got suckered in

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Ask the experts: Low-sugar non-alcoholic drinks 3

Ask the experts: Low-sugar non-alcoholic drinks

Q. I have cut my alcohol consumption dramatically in the past couple of years, partly for my liver’s sake but also to help me lose a little weight around my middle! However, despite choosing mostly non-alcoholic drinks, I have not lost much weight at all. Where am I going wrong? A. Healthy Food Guide nutritionist

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How many kJs are you drinking? 4

How many kJs are you drinking?

We know drinks contain energy (kilojoules) but as liquid is not as filling (and we can happily drink a few), we often don't realise just how much energy we're consuming. Do you know how many kJs you're drinking? 'Light' beer refers to the alcohol content which will affect the energy content and note the difference

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Behind the science: Alcohol 5

Behind the science: Alcohol

As we head into the festive season, HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr takes a hard look at the latest research on alcohol. What’s alcohol doing to my body? What’s the latest research? The long-term health risk of drinking alcohol is due to the fact that it’s a carcinogen — that is, alcohol is a known

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How to choose beer 6

How to choose beer

It’s a favourite summer drop: we guide you through the ‘healthier’ beers on the shelf. Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic drink in the world and its history dates back to around 4000BC. This original beer, however, was rather flat and would have tasted quite different; hops weren’t used in beer making until the

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Do you know how many calories you’re drinking? 7

Do you know how many calories you’re drinking?

Drinks – both alcoholic and sugary – have been in the spotlight recently. Last week the Ministry of Primary Industries announced it is investing $17 million into a research and development project to produce low-calorie, low-alcohol wine. They call this “lifestyle wine” which is a terrible name for something which sounds like a really clever

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Everyday shopping: The summer tipple 8

Everyday shopping: The summer tipple

We all know alcohol has 'empty' kilojoules – energy with few nutrients – but that doesn't stop us liking it! How do we make the best choices? Beer If you're watching your weight, it's best to go for light beer over the low-carb option. Although low-carb beers have about the same amount of kilojoules as

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Boozing – is it time to break the cycle? 9

Boozing – is it time to break the cycle?

Do you love a drink or six? Find wine a great way to unwind? You could be stuck in a vicious cycle… Growing up in the UK with the pub being the centre of the social universe, big cities galore offering exciting nights out and bars exclusively being dedicated to vodka shots served on racks

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Does alcohol adversely affect training? 10

Does alcohol adversely affect training?

Drinking a small amount of alcohol occasionally when you are training at a recreational level is fine provided you choose your timing wisely. Drinking alcohol immediately after training is not wise. At this time you are likely to be dehydrated, and alcohol will dehydrate you more. It's also a good idea to avoid alcohol for

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