Part 3 Sugar Series

Natural vs Added Sugar

I am often being asked how much sugar should I be eating per day? Is honey better than raw sugar? Is raw sugar better than white sugar? What about agave syrup is this better for me?

In Australia we currently don’t have a recommended daily intake for ‘added sugars’. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that for optimal health ‘added sugar’ such as honey, syrup and raw sugar should be restricted to ...

Part 2 Sugar Series:

Carbohydrates - Let’s look at how our body uses carbohydrates and the health affects.

Sugar is part of the carbohydrate food group.

Carbohydrates are a macronutrient providing our bodies with energy. There are two types simple and complex forms.


Three-part Sugar Series

Part 1: Sugar. Are some forms better than others?

Sugars are found in many of our foods. Sugar is one of the body’s main energy sources, so we need to eat some sugar as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. So why are some foods that contain sugar better than others?

To answer this question there are three things we should be asking ourselves:


A snap shot of the Mondelez Mindful Snacking Panel: Understanding and Adopting Mindful Eating. Facilitated by Maree Ferguson APD and Director at Dietitian Connection:

The Panel:

Tim Crowe APD, Associate Professor Deakin University

Christina Turner APD, founder SOL Nutrition Mindul Eating Programs

Kjetil Undhjem Marketing director for chocolate Australia and New Zealand, Mondelez International


The concept of mindfulness is focused on maintaining your health in a long lasting way rather than being on a strict diet.

Weight loss, how can a dietitian help?

In my experience dietitians are often the last point of call for advice and support regarding weight loss. When you come to a dietitian for advice and support that’s exactly what you’re going to get. That’s right no weight loss pills, or weight loss shakes, no long list of expensive supplements which promise a quick fix. If there was such a pill or shake, then why would we be living in the heart of an obesity epidemic?

The truth is weight management and weight loss is hard work, in my experience the first step to sustained weight loss is to accept there is no quick fix and overcome self-pity ‘why me – this is so unfair’.

Eating to Manage Type 2 Diabetes: Diabetes and Carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are always a hot topic when it comes to managing diabetes through diet. Should we be recommending no carb, low carb, carb counting, complex carbs? With diabetes self-management there is no one right way, rather it should be individualised to each and every diabetic.

So what are the main dietary sources of carbohydrates?

Maximising Metabolism

I often hear the words ‘I think it’s my metabolism’ or ‘I just have a slow metabolism, there is nothing I can do’ – sound familiar to you?

You may have found that diets used to work for you although gradually over a period of time it is getting harder and harder to lose or maintain your weight. You possibly have put it down to a slow metabolism and virtually given up.

I am here to tell you there are ways to increase your metabolism and get your body burning maximum kilojoules again. Boosting your metabolism is by no means an easy feat, your results will be achieved through long term commitment and motivation. But trust me it's all worth it in the end.


Probiotics and Prebiotics

There is more and more evidence emerging regarding the importance of our gut microbiome and our general health and wellbeing. Scientific research has identified specific functional components of foods that may improve health, and prebiotics and probiotics are high on the list.

Though they are available as dietary supplements, there are also a variety of dietary sources where we can access them in our day to day intake.

Prebiotics: what are they and what do they do?




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