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With the upcoming election drawing near, HFG editor Niki Bezzant asks the political parties about their policies on obesity and nutrition. The issues Obesity New Zealand is the fourth most...
Look around next time you are in a group, on the bus or at work. Then ask yourself: am I the one in five? A scary reality we all have to face is that one in five of us has pre-diabetes –...
Picture this – 11 gluten-intolerant people standing in the dining room of a house in Pukekohe smelling bread baking and knowing that they ARE going to be able to eat it. How did we get here?...
What’s the best diet in the world? Is there such a thing? It was not much of a surprise to hear of a new study recently, showing a Mediterranean-style diet is effective in cutting the risk of...
It’s the time of year when we remember our fallen soldiers, and ANZAC biscuits are a tradition. Here’s a gluten-free take on the Healthy Food Guide favourite. It’s been a while...
The Christmas decorations have appeared in the shops, my small boys are insisting on Christmas carols for their bedtime song, flyers are coming through my mailbox to say that there are Christmas...
Join Healthy Food Guide editor Niki Bezzant and nutritionist Claire Turnbull as they answer your nutrition and healthy eating questions, and deal with hot nutrition topics. This week the topics...
And why does it seem so hard? Over the course of the last several years, the combination of a liking for good food, a busy life and a sedentary job has lead to the piling on of the pounds. I’...
Have you wanted a gluten-free brownie which is quick and easy? Healthy Food Guide editor Niki Bezzant challenged me to convert the HFG chocolate brownie recipe to a gluten-free version, and this...
I’m a latecomer to the whole concept of quinoa. I kept reading articles about it, and people were raving about it, so I bought some a couple of years ago and made a salad from it. I was less...
There’s a wealth of websites, blogs and cookbooks out there for gluten-free people. But how do you know which is a good one? Fret not, I’m here to help navigate! One of the reasons I...
Next week is Coeliac Awareness Week. It’s fair to say that most of us are a lot more aware of coeliac disease – and the related gluten-free diet – than we once were. When we first...
Fancy an afternoon out eating lovely cakes and savouries accompanied by exotic teas? This is no longer an impossibility for the gluten-intolerant. Before I begin, I should state for the record that...
Okay. Now I’ve seen everything. I have been working on Healthy Food Guide for 10 years and for sure, during that time there have been some odd, if not downright wacky, nutrition theories and...
It’s Blue September, which means men will hopefully be getting the message that it’s important to keep an eye on their prostate health. One in 10 New Zealand men will develop prostate...

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