Behind the Hype information sheets

To assist health professionals and other sector workers decipher fact from fiction, HPA is undertaking factual reviews of topical issues.  These two-page information sheets contain evidence-based advice to help you provide clear consistent information to consumers. 

Information sheets

  • Salt

    New Zealanders consume more sodium than needed. This Behind the Hype information sheet will help you answer questions about where salt in food comes from, why too much salt is an issue and how much salt is too much.
     

    Coconut oil

    There is a lot of misinformation about coconut oil. This Behind the Hype information sheet will help you answer the tough questions about coconut oil and explain why plant-based oils are a healthier cooking oil choice.  
     

    Sports drinks

    Are you confused about who needs sports drinks and when? This Behind the Hype information sheet takes the mystery out of using these beverages. You may be surprised to learn that very few people do enough exercise to need a sports drink.
     

    Carbohydrates

    Confused about carbohydrates? This Behind the Hype information sheet will help you answer questions about why carbohydrates are essential for good health, what types you should be eating the most of and those you should limit. 
     

    High protein supplements

    Protein supplements are increasingly popular with people playing sports or working out. This Behind the Hype information sheet explains why most people involved in regular physical activity don’t require supplements.

    Sweeteners

    Want to know what sweeteners are and why they're added to food? This  Behind the Hype information sheet will take some of the mystery out of artificial and intense sweeteners. 

    Caffeine

    Caffeine is a mild stimulant that can be either naturally occurring or added to food and drinks. This Behind the Hype information sheet will shed some light on caffeine in our diets and who should limit their intake. 

    Weight loss diets

    Many of the latest diet trends promise fast and easy weight loss. This information sheet provides a list of ‘red-flag’ diet characteristics to avoid and gives evidence-based advice on what to tell people wanting to lose weight. 

    Lite vs light claims

    Foods labelled as 'lite' or 'light' can confuse people looking for the healthier option. This Behind the Hype information sheet explains what these claims mean and how to be sure you're making the healthier choice.