are all sausages bad for you?

Are all sausages bad for you?

Most people won’t associate sausage sizzle or bangers and mash with healthy food. In fact, many doctors and dietitians tell people to avoid them. But are all sausages bad? What is a sausage? According to the dictionary, a sausage (a.k.a. snag in this part of the World) is “a highly seasoned minced meat (such as […]

Siggi's Icelandic-style yoghurt

Product review: Siggi’s Icelandic-style yoghurt

Siggi’s Icelandic-style yoghurt entered the market recently, following the steps of Woolworths skyr and Nudie Icelandic yoghurt. About Siggi’s Icelandic-style yoghurt The back of the label tells us about how Siggi (the person) began making yoghurt and the characteristics of the product. Skyr is strained yoghurt, making it more concentrated than regular yoghurt. The range […]

protein quality and quantity

Protein quality and quantity

Protein is an essential components of our bodies. Besides being used in many tissues, it also forms signal molecules, hormones, etc. This is why protein quality and quantity are important. What is protein A protein is a collection of peptides, which are collections of amino acids. There can be non-essential (i.e. we can make them […]

Quinoa & mixed beans vegan bowls

Recipe: Quinoa & mixed beans vegan bowls

These quinoa & mixed beans vegan bowls are inspired by Latin American food. Like the quinoa & lentil bowls, these are packed with plant-based protein, iron and fibre. The capsicum and lime provide vitamin C, which your body needs to absorb the non-haem iron. You will also get some healthy monounsaturated fats from the olive […]

misconceptions about gluten

5 misconceptions about gluten

These days gluten is a mainstream word, although there is still a sizeable percentage of the population who don’t know what it is. More concerning, perhaps, is having wrong information about it. Below are 5 misconceptions about gluten that you will probably come across. 1. Gluten-free = healthy This is one of the most common […]

easy pulpo al olivo

Recipe: Easy pulpo al olivo

Pulpo al olivo is a typical Peruvian dish made with octopus and olive mayonnaise. It is often eaten as an entrée or appetizer. This recipe is called easy pulpo al olivo because I’ve included a couple of shortcuts. The invention of this dish is attributed to Peruvian-Japanese chef Rosita Yimura. My lazy version involves no […]

Beer as a rehydration drink

Beer is a popular “post-workout” drink. It is not commonly treated as a sports supplement by athletes but as a post-competition reward and social lubricant. Is there any merit in using beer as a rehydration drink? Rehydration Rehydration is essential for recovery and performance. Athletes can lose large amounts of fluids and electrolytes through sweat […]

Hahn Ultra Crisp

Product review: Hahn Ultra Crisp beer

One of the major beer manufacturers has launched a new brew: Hahn Ultra Crisp beer. This beer is not only gluten-free but also has lower carbohydrates than other brews. Win-win! Hahn Ultra Crisp As per the label, this beer is lower carb than regular beer, 99% sugar free, preservative free and gluten-free. As you may […]

iron deficiency anaemia

Iron deficiency anaemia

Iron deficiency anaemia is a common health concern, particularly among females of child-bearing age. However, a person can be deficient in iron and not have anaemia. Conversely, not all anaemia cases are caused by iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency (1). What is iron? Iron is a mineral present in multiple […]