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Paleolithic Diet

Paleolithic Diet

First, let's annoy the Creationists. Human beings evolved over time and we have been in our current form for about 200,000 years. We began in the Rift Valley in Kenya, spread north into Europe and east into Asia, then through to Australia (about 40,000 years ago) and north America (about 12,000 years ago). For most of that time we gathered and hunted for food. About 10,000 years ago we began to se...


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Nitrates

Nitrates

OK, are you up for some biochemistry? Simple biochemistry, I mean. It will help explain why vegetables are good for your blood pressure and why beetroot juice has become the new sports performance darling. The magic of nitrates in your diet seem to be part of the solution, working beyond the benefits of just being fit and training hard if you are an athlete.

Nitrates - the new training tool

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The discovery of vitamin A

The discovery of vitamin A

It is easy to think that one person discovered a vitamin on a Thursday just before lunch. It makes history so much easier to re-tell. In the case of vitamin A, the process of discovery spanned 130 years, starting in 1816 when a French physiologist Francois Magendie fed dogs a poor diet and found they died in a similar fashion as malnourished infants, and ending with its manufacture in 1946.

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Multivitamin supplements

Multivitamin supplements

Give a talk on any aspect of nutrition and there is a good chance that you will be asked "Should I take a vitamin supplement?" A realistic answer would be: "If you are here at a presentation on nutrition, then there is a good chance that you eat well and are least likely to need any supplement." But that's not what people want to hear, because a supplement is seen as taking con...

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Should you wash mushrooms?

Should you wash mushrooms?

I have often read that you should never wash a mushroom because it quickly absorbs water and you get squishy mushrooms. Yet there are plenty of voices out there saying that you can wash a mushroom. I write a lot as a consultant to the Australian mushroom industry, so I needed to find the "truth".

My kitchen became a laboratory. I plonked 150g (5 oz) of whole button mushrooms in cold wat...

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