Australian Eatwell PTY LTD


Facts and Figures


Aug
12
2014

Recognising the Packaging

Most people when grocery shopping wouldn’t take much notice of the labelling on the food, they would probably be more interested in the price. In Australia food labelling by law is required to have certain information such as a used by date and a nutritional information panel but is important information such as food allergens required to be on the labelling by law?

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) who write the laws state that all ingredients must be listed on the labelling. Any extra allergen information isn’t required unless stated as a ‘claim’ on the packaging. Fair trading laws ensure that any claims on packaging are truthful.

An example of food labelling that has certain allergen claims are Australian Eatwell products. These claims ensure that people with certain dietary requirements can find the appropriate food easily and also know exactly what the food contains.

Aug
12
2014

What Should Be In Your Daily Diet

 

It is difficult to know what and how much of certain foods should be in your diet each day. For those who practise a different diet such as vegetarians and vegans it is important for them to know what substitutes are needed in case they are missing out on certain nutrients.

Typically an unrestricted diet per day revolves around the five main food groups. These foods are;

1-     Bread, cereals, rice, pasta and noodles

2-     Vegetables and legumes

3-     fruit

4-     milk, yoghurt and cheese

5-     Meat, fish, poultry, eggs and nuts

For those who are vegetarian they must find substitutes for lean meats and fish (which are typically high in protein). They may choose to eat more of other foods such as eggs, soybeans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

For vegans they must find substitutes for dairy which is typically high in calcium. They may choose to consume foods such as soy products (tofu), certain green vegetables (kale and broccoli) and certain beans (navy beans and baked beans).

For each food group it varies how many serves are needed per day, view table below for details.

 

Group 1.

Group 2.

Group 3.

Group 4.

Group 5.

Male

6 serves

6 serves

2

2.5

3

Female

4-6 serves

5

2

2.5

2

Jun
13
2014

What are allergens and intolerance?

Allergens as the word implies causes an allergic reaction in the body, but why does this only happen for certain people?

The allergic reaction occurs when there is something abnormal in a person’s immune system. The body’s immune system responds by generating antibodies which can trigger symptoms such as skin rash, swelling in the face, vomiting, difficulty breathing and severe cases anaphylaxis. There is no cure for allergens, the only solution is to avoid the food all together.

Often people think when they react negatively to a food they have a food allergy but they can often instead have a food intolerance. The difference is that food intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system but instead an enzyme deficiency, a common example is lactose intolerance. Symptoms of an intolerance are most commonly; skin rash, headaches and stomach pains. Food intolerance reactions generally aren’t as severe as allergies.

Although they may seem similar it is important to know the difference between allergens and intolerance because of the differences in reaction risk. To diagnose someone it is as easy as seeing a doctor.