INFO SHEET - The benefits of taewa - Researchers at the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North have discovered that taewa have different attributes to modern potato varieties, which makes them useful for developing new food products.
INFO SHEET - Micronutrients - Micronutrients are substances such as vitamins and minerals that are necessary dietary components. Although needed in only small amounts, they are essential for health and wellbeing. The consequences of their absence are severe, impacting in particular on children’s physical growth, mental development and immune function.
TEACHER RESOURCES: Taewa (Māori potatoes) - Taewa are traditional potato varieties grown by early Māori settlers in New Zealand. Find out how researchers are now developing unique food products from taewa.
In this video clip, Carolyn Cairncross, a nutritionist with the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, describes some of the key components that should be included in the adolescent diet. She also provides advice on healthy eating practices such as eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, keeping the body in a well hydrated state, not skipping meals and avoiding energy drinks high in caffeine.
NEWS STORY (2012) No nonsense list of foods - Consumers are often confused by misleading dietary claims made by food manufacturers. Researchers from the University of Otago in Christchurch have published a list of 49 foods that they describe as NEEDNT (non-essential, energy dense, nutritionally deficient) foods.