The paleo diet has become popular over the past 20 years. It's supposedly based on what our Stone Age ancestors may have eaten before they developed agriculture, but is it really what it seems?
Many people are aiming to reduce their meat and dairy intake as we realise their harmful environmental and health effects, writes Charmian Smith.
When people find themselves putting on weight after dieting they blame themselves, rather than realising that diets don’t work in the long term, says Otago Uni's Associate Prof Caroline Horwarth.
The Garden to Table trust believes every child in New Zealand needs to have the skills to grow, cook and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables. Charmian Smith learns how they are doing it.
Paleo, keto, Atkins, fasting - these are just some of the many trendy weight-loss diets at present. Charmian Smith talks to nutritionist Rachel Brown about how they work and the rebound effect.
Mention food packaging and some people's hackles rise over unnecessary layers of plastic or other wrappings.
It's nearly time for the summer break - lazy days at beaches, baches or camping, with barbecues, picnics and lots of food shared with family and friends.
Knowing what's in food, its nutrients, where it comes from, as well as having basic skills to prepare it is necessary to function healthily and sustainably in today's world, writes Charmian Smith.
Halfway between east and west, Europe and North Africa, Sicily is described as the crossroads of the Mediterranean, so it’s not surprising that numerous peoples have washed up on its shores. Almost...
I was reading the small print on a carton of milk recently. It claimed to have ''no added permeate'' and because it was ''less processed'' it claimed it had ''more goodness''.
Learning to cook is beneficial - whatever your age.
Meat and milk from animals grown on farms may well be a thing of the past for many people when the new products of cellular agriculture come on stream in an estimated four or five years, Charmian Smith writes.
Californian chef Samin Nosrat had a childhood obsession about NZ, so when she was invited to speak about her best-selling book at the Wellington Writers and Readers' festival recently, she jumped at the chance.
At the Otago Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago, stallholders were wearing brightly coloured hats to celebrate the market's 15th birthday.
Many of our crisp, juicy apple varieties actually originated in Central Asia, discovers Charmian Smith.
These days, Christmas and New Year have become such important celebrations and holidays that it's strange to realise that they weren't always so, Charmian Smith writes.
There has been an enormous amount on social media and a little bit of science around the story that low carbohydrate diets are good for diabetes and the world, Prof Jim Mann, professor of medicine...
Charmian Smith reports on the move to more sustainable diets.
Fermented foods are becoming increasingly trendy, and there's evidence the fermentation and the compounds produced are linked with physical and mental health.
For most Kiwis, seaweed does not spring to mind as a food although many of us have eaten nori wrapped around sushi.