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Health Ministry reinforces advice to avoid coconut oil

Coconut oil has been given a new black mark by the health establishment, with the Ministry of Health and its nutrition advisers the latest to advise striking it from recipes for the good of our arteries. Some health researchers have been alarmed by the promotion of coconut oil as a "superfood", because of its high proportion of saturated fat. The Heart Foundation advises limiting coconut oil intake because it could increase the risk of coronary heart disease. ... more

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Government to tackle childhood obesity

More than 4000 obese 4-year-olds a year are expected to be referred to experts in healthy eating and physical activity under a new Government plan to tackle obesity. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman yesterday announced the plan, which will make childhood obesity one of his Health Targets. The Health Targets, although controversial, have succeeded in making the health sector do what health ministers want, such as helping more smokers to quit and reducing delays in emergency ... more

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FGC welcomes Government’s obesity package

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s package of initiatives to tackle obesity in children. “This is a pragmatic approach to a concerning problem,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “We all know that childhood obesity is a complex issue and that we must all help to solve it. Everyone must do their bit – families, individuals, industry, government, and public health officials – and this package recognises that. ... more

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Minister welcomes Health Star Ratings on drinks

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes the decision by New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) to adopt the Health Star Ratings (HSR) on nearly all non-alcoholic beverages. The NZBC, which produces 95 per cent of all juice and non-alcoholic beverages in New Zealand, has unanimously agreed to phase in the rating system. “The HSR is a great way to help consumers make healthier choices quickly and easily when comparing similar packaged foods by taking the guesswork out of reading ... more

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