Niki Bezzant

A collection of thoughts, reflections and information from Niki Bezzant, editor-at-large and past editor of Healthy Food Guide.

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Dinner for 120

It’s what they call the silly season, well and truly,...

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What is workplace wellness?

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the...

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Enough with the judgement

I spent last week in Melbourne which, you could make...

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Water only

I was chatting the other day to a group of...

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Plain packaging for sugary drinks

It’s interesting to see sugar back in the spotlight, this...

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Is the obesity solution in the garden?

Last week I spoke at the launch of the Empower...

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Disordered eating and drinking double blow for health

I was shocked to read a recent Australian study which...

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Beware the self-appointed expert

Paleo poster boy Pete Evans has been in the news...

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Man up for your health - there's no...

It’s men’s health month, and I’ve been seeing lots of...

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Sense about sugar - on labels at least

Have you ever been confused trying to figure out exactly...

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Carrots and cupcakes

Last month I had the opportunity to do something I’ve...

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Carrots and cupcakes: Healthy eating made simple

Even though we're surrounded by healthy eating advice, we seem...

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The top unhealthy eating traps for travellers and...

When you’re in the habit, it’s not so hard to...

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Would you like bugs for dinner?

Today I received a very interesting delivery, all the way...

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Pressure is mounting: let's be brave and introduce...

At the weekend a group of over 70 public health...

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Let's do something about obesity, type 2 diabetes...

We’ve been hearing for a while now the alarming reports...

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Sugary drinks tax petition: Why are we doing...

Media organisations – especially magazines – lobbying the government is...

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Coconut: the good oil?

It’s easy to assume that coconut oil is well-established as...

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French say ‘non’ to food waste – should...

The French are a pretty innovative nation. They lead the...

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Hot weather calls for cool food

Many of us have been sweltering lately with the summer...

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Nigella is right: Clean eating is not healthy

Culinary queen Nigella Lawson recently gave a talk in which...

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Cut veges: Boon for busy cooks or the...

It was interesting to read recently about the initiative of...

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Bacon, red meat, cancer and what it means...

There’s been a lot of talk about cancer in the...

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Stand up for a longer life

For most of the past 10 years I’ve been sitting...

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Nuts

Nuts are one of those foods that probably deserve the...

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Lunchtime inspiration

The other morning Healthy Food Guide editor Yvonne Kerr and...

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What's causing that bloated feeling?

How’s your bowel today? It’s not something most of us...

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Time to focus on food

I’ve had a lot of conversations about fat recently. That’s partly...

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Is all processed food evil?

What do you look at first on a food label?...

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The biggest killer of women: are you at...

Did you know that 50 women will lose their lives...

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Celebrities and nutrition advice

Who do you trust for your health advice? This is...

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Is that sugar 'substitute' really better for you?

How was your Easter? Did you (like the rest of...

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It all starts with the gut

How bacteria affects everything about our health. You might think of...

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Nutrition on the internet: sorting the wacky from...

Okay. Now I’ve seen everything. I have been working on Healthy...

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It's time to ditch the scales

Have you hopped on the scales yet this year? Many...

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Chocolate Christmas pudding truffles

Use up any leftover Christmas cake and treat friends and...

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Food labels are a minefield!

We’ve just wrapped up the January issue of Healthy Food...

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Chewy peanut butter, chocolate cookies

Learn to make delicious chewy, gluten-free, peanut butter and chocolate...

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Make your own strawberry santas

Learn how to make delightful strawberry santas with Healthy Food...

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Is your diet setting you up for failure?

Recently I met a nice man who was trying to...

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It's time to treat health like wealth

How important to you is your health? Stop for a...

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How do we really measure our health?

Spring’s here – so how about doing a personal health...

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CORRECTION: HbA1c levels

At Healthy Food Guide we do our best to get...

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Go nuts for great health

October 21st is National Nut Day. It’s a good opportunity...

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Paleo? Raw? Clean? What are all these diets,...

There’s a lot of confusing information out there about nutrition,...

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Sugar – don’t forget the big picture

When it comes to healthy eating, so much is about...

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We don’t have to have a fat, sick...

Well, the election is just a month away, and still...

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Have our ideas about treat foods become warped?

I remember when I was a kid (and this will...

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There’s something we need to talk about…

They say it’s not a good idea to talk about...

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What headlines tell us about healthy eating (and...

The other day we were having a discussion in the...

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Is gluten really the problem?

Interesting research released recently suggests that the real reason many...

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Can fat make you thin?

Diet is never far from the headlines. In particular, our...

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Are vegetarians really healthier?

An interesting piece of research came across our desk last...

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Is protein really as bad as smoking?

If you’ve been following the news recently, you could be...

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Are you eating more than you think (without...

Unless you are extraordinarily disciplined with your eating, chances are...

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Are you making these common food mistakes that...

Most of us go about our days without giving a...

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Are our kids destined to be obese?

It’s back to school and with the new school year...

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Which ‘quick-fix’ diets really work?

Welcome to a new year – and the usual New...

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Do you know how many calories you’re drinking?

Drinks – both alcoholic and sugary – have been in...

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One in five Kiwis are at risk: are...

Look around next time you are in a group, on...

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Could you eat healthily just from takeaways?

Recently I was booked on a trans-Tasman flight with my...

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Should you give up grains?

I notice low-carb diets are doing the rounds again, in...

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Six easy steps to reset your health

The other day I read an article in a women’s...

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Time for blokes to ‘man up’ and get...

It’s Blue September, which means men will hopefully be getting...

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Grumbly tummy? IBS? You’re not alone…

I spent a few days recently in Hamilton, where I...

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Two simple (and fun!) things you can do...

If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re...

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What Coke could really do to tackle obesity

Coca Cola is no-one’s idea of a health food –...

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Will fish oil give us cancer?

People often feel frustrated when advice about what’s healthy changes. Just...

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Does 'natural' always equal healthy?

It was really interesting to see Tip Top announce last...

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What's the best thing about our job?

It’s an exciting time for us here at Healthy Food...

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Should we feed a cold and starve a...

It’s definitely feeling wintery now, and besides the positives of...

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The rise and rise of the gluten-free diet

Next week is Coeliac Awareness Week. It’s fair to say...

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Do you have to give up any foods...

I read in a fashion magazine recently the ‘secrets of...

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The new (super) food to add to your...

It’s always exciting to be introduced to new foods, especially...

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Weighing in on popular diets

It’s a basic aspect of human nature, and it drives...

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Is there a perfect diet?

What’s the best diet in the world? Is there such...

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How healthy are your restaurant meals?

How healthy was the last meal you ate in a...

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Can you eat yourself happy?

How do you feel when you’re eating a healthy diet...

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Do you drink more than you think you...

If you’re like me, over the summer holidays you may...

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Spotlight on sugar

Here’s a prediction from me for 2013: we’ll be hearing...

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Is it time for a detox?

The New Year is a time to think about new...

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Ditch the guilt this Christmas

It’s the festive season, and chances are you’re going to...

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What really happens when we drink?

When the Christmas decorations start to go up in early...

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Can you reduce your belly, thighs or bum...

Spring is here, and have you noticed the rash of...

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Sweet flavour without sugar: impossible dream?

Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of new products coming...

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What do you like: high-fashion food or down-home...

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to...

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How being told what to eat can make...

How do you feel when someone says “you shouldn’t eat...

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The best roast lamb ever… celebrate lower lamb...

Lamb is my favourite meat. Given the choice, I’d always...

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What are your favourite healthy foods? Time to...

We see a lot of food products come through this...

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Why do we believe things that aren’t true?

I love getting emails, tweets and Facebook messages from Healthy...

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Should we all eat like Olympic athletes?

We’re in the midst of Olympic fever right now. Isn’t...

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Can you be healthy at any size?

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks around...

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The latest hot diet – and how to...

The other day we heard about a new diet book...

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Sugar – should we stop eating it?

Everyone’s talking about sugar at the moment. It comes in...

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IBS: Our most common tummy trouble – what...

Do you have ‘tummy trouble’? About 15 per cent of...

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Beware the 'health halo'

Sometimes, the things we read about health and food are...

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A change worth making to your diet: become...

Of all the research studies that cross my desk, the...

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Where's salt really hiding – and is some...

Like many people, I am a lover of savoury, salty...

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Why does healthy eating make us anxious?

Unsurprisingly, I have a lot of social conversations about food...

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Is healthy eating really affordable?

It’s clear to anyone who shops for food that many...

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Foods on the 'blacklist' - should we stop...

You will have seen the list of NEEDN’T foods released...

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What does 'fat-free' really mean on a label?

How much notice do you take of food labels? Does...

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Does your brain trick you into eating more?

Sometimes when it comes to healthy eating, we are our...

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Back to school! The easy formula for a...

It’s back to school time – an occasion for tears...

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How the stars 'really' stay in shape...

Now we’re back in the swing of the new year,...

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Are superfoods all they're cracked up to be?

Our advice for a healthy, happy New Year! At this time...

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