With growing evidence industrially-made trans fats trigger heart disease, perhaps even diabetes, Alzheimer's and premature birth, nutritionists say consumers should keep their eye out for trans-free snacks.
boasts a reasonable selection of organic, gluten free and health food
retailers. Heart Foundation approved products are available
in major supermarkets.
Heart Healthy New Zealand National Heart Foundation approved
products, low in saturated fat, salt and sugar, can be
recognised by the Pick the Tick logo and are available
through major suburban and inner city supermarkets. A
few Australian and US Heart Foundation approved products
are also available. Best selections in the central city
are at South City New World and Big Fresh on Moorhouse
Supermarket, South City Centre, City
555 Colombo Street.
Ph (03) 377 6778
Good selection of organic fresh produce and groceries - pastas, rice, beans, herbs, spreads, sauces, canned vegetables, bread etc . Also stock organic beers and wine. In house bakery makes gluten free bread and muffins to order - 24 hours notice required
retailer - central city
Woolworths Supermarket, Moorhouse Central , Cnr Moorhouse Ave & Madras
Ph (03) 366 4804
Small selection of imported and local gluten free and organic tinned and dry goods.
Pastas, tortilla chips, baked beans and soft drinks are favourites followed by Prince of Wales "Duchy Originals" biscuits.
A few lines of organic fresh produce - three or four at most
retailer - central city
Ma and Pa's Bakery Shop 26 Chancery Lane
Ph (03) 374 5252
319, Stanmore Road, Richmond
Ph (03) 389 4848
Highly recommended. Their range includes organic, fat and sugar free, low fat, dairy free and yeast free breads. Gluten Free products available. Both shops open every day 7 am to 7 pm.
October 2005 - building undergoing renovation. Temporary entry off Barbadoes Street
Good range of organic fresh produce and groceries.
If you're looking for a budget meal try their lentil turnover - a meal in itself $2.80 approx (vegan and very yum). And plenty of other snacks - Vegan samosas, vegan & gluten free rice burgers and more. All around $2.80
ORGANIC BAKER - Central city
Canterbury Cheese Mongers, 44 Salisbury Street, City
Ph (03) 389 8028 Mobile 021 479 491
Lovely crusty organic bread baked daily - ciabatta, sourdough, soda and wholemeal loaves. Lots of pastries and other baked goodies, not forgetting their imported and New Zealand cheeses plus mouthwatering and unmentionable temptations such as pork pies.
Get in early or phone them if you want bread. Its popularity usually ensures that its "gone by lunchtime"
New Zealand Champions of Cheese April 2004
Champion Cheese Retailer
A haven for Euro-foodies tucked away in Sydenham, Mercato specialises in preservative free, artisan foods imported from Spain, France Italy and Persia
You’ll find a satisfying range of organic and gluten free products including Italian risotto rice, pastas, organic olive oils and vinegars.
From New Zealand there’s a good selection of hand made organic and gluten free sausages - toulouse, chorizo, mantova. Plenty of free-range meats - Murellen pork, bacon and pancetta, and Hereford prime beef. Not to be forgotten Verjuice, apple syrup, chutneys, walnut products and Mandy’s sublime horseradish sauce
An impressive collection of "Giusti" balsamic vinegars from Modena, should satisfy the most demanding aficionados; as should the Vincotto, a wonderfully versatile condiment made from cooked grape must. Both the Vincotto and balsamic vinegars are aged in oak and are additive and preservative free. Not something you will find at your local supermarket.
Try a little lemon vincotto drizzled on asparagus or barbecued meat.
Other eye-catching goodies include sugar-free and deliciously exclusive “Venchi” chocolates from Italy, and beautifully retro-packaged little tins of Leone pastilles - stunning flavours - Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Alpine Herbs, and quirky “Ugly but Good” Balsamic Liquorice.
Great as Christmas stocking-fillers
Carefully sourced products and co-owner Ngaire Baker’s enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of the stock make an iconic combination and it's no surprise that Mercato supply the South Island's leading lodges and restaurants.
Deans Bush Farmers Market
16, Kahu Road,
Ph (03)348 6190
Organic produce, fruit, vegetables, cheese, organic bread, gluten free products, free range organic eggs, Humming Bird organic coffee and lots more.
A travellers guide to keeping fit and healthy eating away
from home.Whether you are visiting on business or
holiday, back packer, corporate traveller or tourist,
Christchurch offers you a wealth of easily accessible
exercise and keep fit options.
From swimming pools and aquajogging, mountain biking and
on road cycling, roller blading or in line skating, jogging,
trail running, golf, yoga, pilates, through to gyms and
If you're eating out there's a choice of restaurants
and cafes serving vegetarian and organic or "Smart Choice",
Heart Foundation approved dishes.
If you're self catering you will find a wide range of
Heart Foundation approved low fat, low salt products
as well as certified organic produce in supermarkets and
specialist health food shops.
Gluten Free Shopping
Eatright cakes and cookies.New Zealand made using certified organic ingredients. Available at major New World and Countdown supermarkets. Also at Natures Organics, Huckleberry Farm, Piko, and Adams Apple in Rangiora.
Orgran, an entirely gluten free Australian made range of pastas, cookies soups, cereals, pizza & pancake
Masterfoods 'Dolmio' Italian style sauces . Condiments, relishes, marinades, pesto and spreads - all gluten free. At major supermarkets.
Call 0800 442 216 for product information
Our favourite inner city supermarket, New World at South City, stocks these brands and more