Tag Archives: Carbohydrates

5 reasons to eat potatoes (nutritional benefits of potatoes)

nutritional benefits of potatoesWhatever did the poor spud do?

I love potatoes and eat them without guilt. However, today’s post has been inspired by the plethora of nutrition gurus claiming…potatoes make you fat, potatoes are a “no-no” food and potatoes ain’t Paleo. As I said..the poor spud :)

There is so much nutrition information out there. I am sure the average Joe is starting to feel over-whelmed. I know I am and I work in nutrition.

I am hoping to highlight 5 fantastic nutritional properties of the humble spud and also dispel some myths. So here goes: Continue reading

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Bread, what the @$*!!!! is the difference?

difference between different types of breadWholemeal, multigrain, white, high fibre, low GI, gluten free, spelt, sourdough, organic.

Soooo many types. Have you ever wondered about the actual difference between different types of bread?

I am often asked by clients which is the best bread to buy. I am also asked if we should eat bread at all!
For the record, yes I think it’s fine to eat bread. I generally do not recommend one brand over another. We are all individuals with many aspects that guide our food choices such as our budget, taste, health concerns and food values.

Having said that, many people often don’t understand what is the difference between all the breads that are available. So here is a run down to help you make the best choice for you: Continue reading

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Fad Diet Challenge Pt 1: The Paleo Diet

For the past month, I have been following the Paleo Diet – also known as the ‘Caveman Diet’, all in the name of getting more clued up on fad diets.  If you haven’t heard of it, it is based on the premise our bodies should be eating foods of that of our Paleolithic ancestors. In essence, only foods a Caveman could acquire. Initially, I found it difficult to find consensus on what the Paleo Diet was. Some versions included dairy, but only if full fat. Some included additional fats and oils. Some included legumes and some tea and coffee. If you are interested in the views of some of the advocates for Paleo Style Diets you might like to check out Nora Gedgauda’s site or Loren Cordain’s.

Please note, this blog post is not intended to advise if the Paleo Diet is scientifically correct or even to provide a nutritional analysis. It is solely intended to document my journey in following the diet and some of the more day-to-day or practical aspects of the diet.  The Scoop on Nutrition recently did a review of the nutritional qualities of the Paleo Diet which you can read about here.

What I Ate
Seeing as there was no clear consensus on what a Paleo Diet was, I decided to keep it as simple as I could based on what I thought a Caveman would most likely be able to gather: meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. I did include root vegetables like potato and yam.  I didn’t include legumes and I ate no additional fats like oil, margarine or butter, no additional sugars, no ‘treat’ foods, no dairy products and no grains (breakfast cereals, ancient grains like quinoa, pasta, rice or bread). I obviously had nothing out of a packet or tin.

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