Label detective: Sugar tax 1

Label detective: Sugar tax

What would it take to bring in a sugary drinks tax? Food law specialists at Simpson Grierson investigate. Governments around the world are beginning to impose taxes on sugary beverages, citing concerns around lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity. New Zealand has yet to join countries, such as Britain, Ireland and a number of

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Vitamin C to be trialed as life-saver 2

Vitamin C to be trialed as life-saver

Intravenous vitamin C infusions are being tested to see if they can be used as a treatment for sepsis, a life-threatening complication where the body’s response to infection damages its tissues and organs. University of Otago researchers are teaming up with intensive care specialists to study whether people treated with vitamin C are more likely

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Let’s be brave

A tax on sugary drinks hurts no one and offers the chance for real rewards. At Healthy Food Guide we’ve watched with concern over the years as New Zealanders’ health as a population has got worse, and no real headway has been made in the area of health policy to solve the problems of obesity

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Foods to boost B vitamins 3

Foods to boost B vitamins

Nutritionist Rose Carr explains how to get the essential Bs. Meet the Bs Some Bs are better known by their scientific name and others by their number. They are thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12). Why we need Bs The individual B vitamins

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Behind the science: Vitamin D 4

Behind the science: Vitamin D

We know this vitamin is crucial to our health but just how much we need and what that means specifically for our bodies is still under investigation. HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr reports. Vitamin D presents a conflict for us. We need it, and while we get a little from food, around 90 per cent

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How much sodium is in those crackers 5

How much sodium is in those crackers

Crackers are a convenient snack, but can be high in salt. Which options have lower sodium levels? Crackers can be a great vehicle to savour a range of lunch or snack toppings. But one of the things that can hide away in crackers is salt, otherwise known as sodium chloride.too much sodium in our diet

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Ask the experts: Ash on food labels 6

Ask the experts: Ash on food labels

Q: "I have noticed on a few labels lately the term 'ash' and a measurement in grams. What does this mean? They're not talking about the same stuff that ends up in the bottom of my fireplace, are they?" Francis A: We asked Caroline Gunn, director of Food Safety Services Ltd in Napier, what 'ash'

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Ask Niki: Sodium in stir-fry sauces 7

Ask Niki: Sodium in stir-fry sauces

Q. “I eat a lot of stir-fries because they’re quick and easy. But I’m worried about the amount of sodium in the sauces. How can I cut back on the salt?” Belinda A. Asian sauces are notoriously high in salt — a serious downside to an otherwise healthy cuisine. For example, one tablespoon of soy sauce contains

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How do they make tofu? 8

How do they make tofu?

While bean curd originated in China around 2000 years ago, worldwide it’s commonly known by its Japanese name, tofu. HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr takes a look at tofu production. Start with soy milk Tofu is made from soy beans, which are first processed to extract soy milk. The beans are soaked overnight and with

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Secrets to stop sugar cravings 9

Secrets to stop sugar cravings

Do you hunger for something sweet half an hour after dinner each night? HFG explains the science behind cravings – and offers simple strategies to tame your sweet tooth. Why is it that after eating a perfectly satisfying meal we often fancy something sweet? An extra piece of toast with jam after breakfast, a biscuit

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