ATP – How does our body make Energy?

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 As an assessment for a unit in my Masters of Nutrition degree, I recently had to put together a ‘Factsheet’ on how our bodies make ATP (targeted at the level of a fellow student). I received a HD for this assessment piece and several of my friends expressed how interesting they found the factsheet. So I thought I’d share the information with … Read More

Macros, Micros? Vitamins and Minerals? What, exactly, IS Nutrition?!

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When it comes to the world of health, dieting, combating diabetes & obesity, weight-loss, fitness, nutrition and wellbeing in general, there are many terms being thrown around that aren’t completely understood by the majority of the population. Things like low-carb, paleo, ketogenic, insulin-resistance, nutrient-deficiencies, high-protein and much more. At their heart, these terms are to do with the food (nutrients) we eat and how … Read More

Parents’ Voice

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Did you know that our food choices are not always made by us? Our ability to make healthy decisions is weakened when we’re stressed, anxious, tired or have already made plenty of decisions during they day, or during a shop. This is where “Impulse Marketing” gets you! The placement of unhealthy food “specials” at checkouts and ends of supermarket isles … Read More

Dark Emu, Black Seeds; Agriculture or Accident?

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Dark Emu, Black Seeds; Agriculture or Accident? – Listen to the Interview. How would you change the way you think about Australian Agriculture if you found out that, rather than nomadic, hunter-gatherer tribes, the Aboriginal people were sophisticated agriculturalists when British colonists arrived? The ABC’s Richard Fidler interviews Bruce Pascoe, author of ‘Dark Emu, Black Seeds’ on the true nature of … Read More

Digestion, Absorption and Transport of Lipids in the Body

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 Digestion, Absorption and Transport of Lipids in the body. Last week’s post was an Introduction to Lipids and the types of lipids found in our food and in our bodies; triglycerides, sterols and phospholipids. This week we’re going into an overview of how fat is digested, absorbed and transported around our body! Digestion Breakdown of triglycerides begins in the mouth … Read More

An Introduction to Lipids

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FAT. It’s not such a nice word and it gets thrown around a lot. As humans we eat fat, we store fat, the words has even become an adjective used by many to describe others’ bodies. But, like much else around us, fat just comes down to simply being a group of different atoms bonded together to form certain types … Read More

An Introduction to Carbohydrates

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Last week I commenced study for my Masters of Nutrition!  As I complete my Masters of Nutrition, I will share with you my learnings through my PB-Log (Blog). This not only helps my study but I also hope you will learn something too! This week’s topic is An Introduction into Carbohydrates.   Firstly, what are carbohydrates? Simply put, carbohydrates are molecules of varying sizes containing carbon, oxygen … Read More

Penny’s Guide to Healthy Travel Snacks

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Penny’s Guide to Healthy Travel Snacks   I don’t deny that part of the pleasure of travelling is, of course, experiencing the local cuisine; be it snack foods, dinners, street food or delightful desserts. However, even just a couple of days indulging in a few too many croissants, patisseries, camembert, curries and gelato throughout the day can certainly take its toll … Read More

What is Quinoa?

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What is Quinoa

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa, pronounced Kee-nwah) is a member of the Amaranthaceae family (with Amaranth) and is closely related to beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds. It is a grain crop, from which humans eat its edible seeds. Being a member of the Amaranthaceae family and not the True Grass family makes Quinoa a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal. Quinoa’s first links … Read More