by Johanna Hagenauer
It is one of Australia’s favourite vegetables: the beetroot. And for a reason: the red beet with its slightly sweet and naturally earthy taste is super versatile (you can eat it raw, cooked, roasted, fermented or juiced) and almost always in season. Most importantly, however, beetroot is packed with lots of healthy goodness and eating it has been linked to numerous health benefits.
Mangoes always remind me of Summer. As soon as they hit stores, you know the season of bikinis, tanned skin, cold fruits and sweltering days is in full swing! As they are a high fodmap food, I can’t enjoy them as often as I did when I was little. But I couldn’t help myself when it came to the idea of a no-bake mango cheesecake!
Many of my clients are asking about how much fish is ok to eat in their diet. Many ask due to the concerns over mercury in fish. So let me break it down for you.
FSANZ report that Australian’s can safely eat 2–3 serves a week of most types of fish. However, because of the presence of higher levels of mercury in some fish there are a few types you should limit in your diet, especially if you are pregnant.
What about during pregnancy?
Pregnant women, women planning pregnancy and young children should eat shark (flake), broadbill, marlin and swordfish no more than once a fortnight and should not eat any other fish during that fortnight.
Orange roughy and catfish should be eaten no more than once a week, and no other fish should be eaten during that week.
What about the rest of us?
The general population should also only eat shark (flake), broadbill, marlin and swordfish once per week and no other fish that week.
The named fish may contain more mercury than other species because they are long living fish and/or predators and can accumulate higher levels of mercury by eating other fish.
What is Mercury?
Mercury is an element found both naturally and as an introduced contaminant. It tends to affect the nervous system, and the developing nervous system in the unborn baby is particularly sensitive to mercury. However, it’s important to remember the unborn baby is generally only exposed to low mercury levels through its mother’s diet.
A handy guide
By Doralise Halepis, Nutrition Student
We know that nutrient rich foods are essential for keeping our bodies healthy both physically and mentally, but there are particular foods that can also be added to our edible beauty regime! There are so many foods that contribute to how we look on the outside. A healthy, nutrient-rich diet with lots of vegetables and some fruit is a great base. Though there are certain foods that have been found to promote clear, glowing skin that naturally give us the radiant look! Here’s just some of our favourites.