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Yes, fruit juice contains natural sugar, but it has other benefits over sugar-sweetened drinks. Carlos Horta/Shutterstock

Pure fruit juice: healthy, or not?

People often avoid fruit juice due to its sugar content and low fibre, but it still contains lots of good chemicals our bodies need.
These strawberries are almost ripe! fs999/flickr

Curious Kids: what happens when fruit gets ripe?

Fruit ripening is all about plants getting animals to eat the seeds that are inside their fruits. This helps the plants get their seeds to somewhere new where they can grow into a new plant.
Needles have now been found in six different brands of strawberries, as well as apples and bananas, suggesting the possibility of copycat crimes. Erik Anderson/AAP

Strawberry sabotage: what are copycat crimes and who commits them?

Copycat criminals are inspired by media depictions of previous crimes. But they also have to have a criminal mindset to start with.
Farmers markets have soared in popularity across the country, such as this one in Missoula, Montana. Reuters/Ellen Wulfhorst

Meet the foodies who are changing the way Americans eat

Several studies on locavores – people who go out of their way to buy foods and other products from local sources – explore the beliefs and values that makes them tick.
Thomas Johnson’s illustration of his banana plant from The Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes. Wikimedia Commons

The day bananas made their British debut

The story of Britain's favourite tropical fruit (and how it came to dominate the world).
Ten cases have been reported so far, including two deaths. Shutterstock/Doug J Moore

What is listeria and how does it spread in rockmelons?

Two people have died after eating rockmelon contaminated with listeria. A total of ten cases have been confirmed in NSW, Queensland and Victoria between Jan 17 and Feb 9, and more are expected.
It makes a tasty dressing, but the health claims are overblown. Madeleine Steinbach/Shutterstock

Is apple cider vinegar really a wonder food?

Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits. But what does the science say?

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