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Nutritionist or Dietitian?

A variety of different levels of training and qualification can lead to an individual calling themselves a nutrition professional. This is because in Australia, professional nutritional practice is not regulated by the government, and there is no legal protection over the terms ‘Nutritionist’ and ‘Dietitian’ – anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist or Dietitian, no matter their level of training. This situation opens the possibility for misinformation to the public.

Pine Nuts

The following information has been reproduced with the permission of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

Tips to beat the Christmas bulge

Weight gain over the holiday period

Margarine vs Butter

With so many margarines in supermarkets it’s becoming harder to identify which products are right for you and your health. Nutrition Australia has created this fact sheet to help take the confusion out of shopping for margarines.

Iodine Facts

Iodine is an essential trace element and an integral component of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are required for normal growth and development of tissues and maturation of our bodies. Iodine deficiency is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation in the world; obtaining iodine through the food supply is therefore paramount.

Heart Foundation Summary of Evidence: Antioxidants in food, drinks and supplements for cardiovascular health

The Heart Foundation has released a Summary of Evidence of research undertaken to determine if antioxidants in food, drinks and supplements are effective in maintaining cardiovascular health (CVH) and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Heart Foundation Position Statement: Antioxidants in food, drinks and supplements for cardiovascular health

In 2009 the Heart Foundation, along with an expert working group, reviewed the latest scientific evidence relating to fruit and vegetables; tea; coffee; cocoa and chocolate; red wine; and vitamin supplements. This review determined if these foods, drinks and supplements are effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and maintaining cardiovascular health (CVH).

Managing weight

Managing Weight

Physical Activity and Supplements

Surveys across the board show that about 50% of athletes report taking supplements, though what is defined as a supplement is not clear. What is clear is that although many top athletes take supplements, supplementation is not a prerequisite for being the best in your chosen activity, or even for reaching your personal best, since the other 50% of athletes don't use them!! Never the less, some supplements (such as vitamins and minerals) can play a valuable role in a winning diet.

Post-Event Recovery

Refuelling is a key priority in recovery from physical activity. Muscle glycogen storage occurs at a slow rate and it takes about 24 hours for muscles to restore depleted fuel stocks back to their resting levels.

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