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Part 7 in this series takes a look at just what are SuperFoods, some key differences and sources.
What are ‘superfoods?’
‘Superfood’ is a ‘buzz word’ at the moment but what does it really mean? The term is often used to describe a food that offers additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. There is no legal definition of superfoods, but generally they are some combination of the following:
Part 6 of the Dietetic Care article series focuses on Food Allergies.
What are food allergies?
Food allergies involve the immune system and occur in people who overreact to foods that are generally regarded as harmless. Allergic reactions to foods occur when the body’s immune system identifies a food protein or allergen as a ‘foreign body,’ and in response it activates defence systems to try to stop or eliminate the allergen, thus causing the symptoms of allergic reactions.
In this Part 5 of a series of articles, Kyann Calvi, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, discusses techniques and strategies for catering to older adults.
When devising a menu for older adults its important to consider the factors that affect their health and nutrition status. A well planned menu can help the client group to achieve their nutrient needs.
Part 4 in this series takes a look at the nature of Food Intolerance, some key symptoms and sources of treatment.
What is food intolerance?
The term ‘intolerance’ can be used to describe:
- medical conditions such as ‘lactose intolerance’- an inability to absorb lactose1 (found in dairy products), or
- unpleasant reactions to food in the absence of any underlying medical cause.
In this Part 3 article for Dietetic Care, Kyann Calvi, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, provides some helpful advice on coeliac nutritional requirements during pregnancy.
Coeliac Disease and Pregnancy
During pregnancy, and also at the time after birth when you may breastfeed, you are your baby’s only source of nourishment, so you need to make sure that the best quality food sources reach them! There are special nutritional requirements throughout the different stages of pregnancy, including prior to conception.
Part 2 of the Dietetic Care article series focuses on Osteoporosis, calcium requirements for all ages and ways of obtaining calcium for people with dairy allergies or intolerances.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease/condition where bones lose minerals such as calcium faster than the body can replace them and this causes fragile ‘brittle’ bones1. Bone tissue is constantly being renewed/replaced and calcium is essential in the formation of strong healthy bones. If we don’t get enough calcium from a healthy balanced diet osteoporosis can occur - see table 1.
In this Part 1 of a series of articles, Kyann Calvi, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, presents symptoms, common irritants and some practical advice on managing and educating potential Coeliac Disease sufferers.
Coeliac Disease - Where do I start ?
The word ‘Coeliac’ is derived from the Greek word koiliakos, which means ‘suffering of the bowels’. Coeliac Disease (CD) is a medical condition caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein mostly found in wheat, rye and barley. For unknown reasons, the body’s immune system identifies gluten as a ‘foreign body,’ and as a result damage is caused to the small bowel. Along the walls of the small bowel are villi, or small finger like projections