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Kiwis’ cholesterol levels set to benefit from new food innovation

A new innovation to a breakfast food first introduced almost 90 years ago will see the country’s most popular cereal brand introduce a new product containing plant sterols which are clinically proven to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol by up to nine per cent in four weeks. According to Ministry of Health statistics,’ approximately one in four NZ adults need to manage their cholesterol levels for their heart health. Sanitarium has launched a NZ-first extension to its ... more

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Food Structures, Digestion & Health Conference - program launched

Food Structures, Digestion and Health International Conference 2017 Tuesday 24 - Friday 27 October 2017 Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney The Food Structures, Digestion & Health Conference program is now available on the Conference website. The 2017 Food Structures, Digestion and Health International Conference is focused on increasing awareness that food format and food structure have a significant effect on the bio-availability of nutrients. The focus has shifted development of ... more

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Unscrambling egg confusion

New statement clarifies eggs every day Is okay After decades of communicating the need to limit one of New Zealand’s favourite foods, a new statement agreed by nutrition experts is giving Kiwis clarification on what has become an age-old question: Are eggs good for us and how often can we eat them? The new statement says: Eggs are a healthy, natural whole food that the New Zealand Ministry of Health Eating and Activity Guidelines1 state can be enjoyed by most people every ... more

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Star ratings encourage production of healthier foods

The voluntary Health Star Rating is encouraging manufacturers to create healthier foods, surveys of more than 44,000 New Zealand supermarket products over a three-year period have shown. The survey was part of the study: Effects of a Voluntary Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling System on Packaged Food Reformulation: The Health Star Rating System in New Zealand conducted by University of Auckland academics and published in the journal Nutrients. Lead researcher Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu ... more

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Avocados could be good for guts

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health, which would be another previously unknown benefit. Scientist Gunaranjan Paturi says avocados contain compounds that are already known to support cardiovascular health, blood glucose regulation and have anti-inflammatory effects. As avocados are high in ‘good fats’ and dietary fibre, Plant & Food Research’s Dr Paturi and colleagues Dr Christine Butts and Dr Kerry Bentley-Hewitt decided to see what impact they ... more

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Consumer NZ: no nutritional benefits for milk in light-proof bottles

Despite claims light-proofed containers protect the vitamins in milk, Consumer NZ testing reveals there’s little difference in nutrient content between major milk brands. Fonterra-owned Anchor launched light-proof bottles four years ago, in response to research showing “light can cause damage to vitamin B2 and A”, the company said on its website. Anchor stated: “This isn’t good. Why? Well, because vitamin A is important in aiding healthy eyesight and ... more

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Experts call for action to fill gaps on healthy food policies

New Zealand needs major improvements in food policies if it is going to seriously tackle the country’s obesity epidemic, according to findings in the University of Auckland’s second Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) published today. The Food-EPI was first published in 2014. The 2017 version was conducted in April to May 2017 by a New Zealand Expert Panel of 71 independent and government public health experts who rated the extent of implementation of policies on ... more

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Diary Note - Just Cook this School Holidays

What: Just Cook Challenge When: July School Holidays Where: Homes across New Zealand Who: Anyone aged 10-18 with a kitchen at home The school holiday challenge anyone can do at home is back for its 7th year and it’s better than ever with epic prizes up for grabs. Just Cook Challenge is simple to do – make a meal, take a photo of it and enter it online at justcook.co.nz/challenge. With $2,000 in ... more

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Simple seasonal soups for winter

Nothing beats a bowl of warm homemade soup to bring comfort during the cooler weather. Winter offers a great choice of vegetables that can be easily turned into nutritious, filling and flavour-packed soups. In New Zealand we are lucky to have access to a great selection of fresh, affordable vegetables. Ask family and friends to share their favourite winter soup recipes for you. Double the quantity when you’re making a soup and you can keep the extra portions in the fridge ... more

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Seasonal fruit packed with natural goodness

Eating fresh fruit is a natural, easy way to boost wellness during winter, says 5+ A Day. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help to ward off sniffles and sneezes during the coldest months. Seasonal fruit, such as mandarins, oranges and lemons, taste great as well as being good sources of vitamins and minerals to help the immune system do its job well. Here are some quick tips on how seasonal produce can aid in boosting immunity, while adding a burst of ... more

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