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Imagine spending an extra $68 every time you did a $100 shop – and getting nothing extra for it. thebittenword.com/flickr

Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

On average, all food is 53% more expensive in remote communities, with the price increasing annually by approximately 5%, compared to an annual rise of only about 1% in Darwin supermarkets.
Food can prompt behaviours and brain responses similar to those seen in more traditional forms of addiction. Justin McGregor/Shutterstock

Explainer: can you be addicted to food?

Are you a "carb craver" or "chocaholic"? We often use language associated with addiction to describe our relationships with food. But is it really possible to be addicted to certain types of food?
Easier said than done but there are ways. Eating by Shutterstock

Eight sneaky tricks to get your children to eat healthy food

A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in…
Taste acts as the gatekeeper of ingestion. Photo and Share CC/Flickr

Tasty treat: how we showed fat to be the sixth taste

Humans are thought to be able to taste five qualities but technological advances combined with sophisticated research means we can now test for more subtle tastes we haven’t known about. In a paper we…
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How much sugar is lurking in your cereal?

Back in 2012 the Which? Breakfast Cereal Report identified worryingly high amounts of sugar in 50 of the most popular breakfast cereals. Three years later and a new survey by campaign group Action On Sugar…
A mother’s healthy and varied diet during pregnancy might give her child a head start to healthy eating. Bettina Neuefeind/Flickr

Passing on taste: how your mum’s diet affects what you eat

Our parents teach us what is to eat. But this process begins well before the fight to get toddlers to eat their veggies. Not only do our parents give us the genes that define our taste receptors, research…
OK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it. Bryan Kennedy

Why most food labels are wrong about calories

Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only half the story. A calorie is a measure…
High intake of take-away foods, red and processed meat, soft drinks, and fried and refined food is a risk factor for poor academic performance. Jay Peg/Flickr

Brain food: diet’s impacts on students are too big to ignore

As their children submit themselves to the ordeal of all-important end-of-year exams, parents of high school and university students may be wondering what they can do to help. One thing they ought to consider…

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