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Forget feeling guilty and do something: parents can help kids learn healthier habits. www.shutterstock.com/Aleksei Potov

Guilt relief: how families can fight childhood obesity

As a dietitian and nutritionist for more than 15 years, the most common emotion I encounter in parents is guilt. And it’s little wonder - if you’re an Australian parent, you have a one-in-four chance of…
The Mediterranean diet is rich in omega-3 fatty acids from olives and olive oil. Garry Knight

What is the Mediterranean diet and why is it good for you?

A recent study published by Italian researchers shows that adhering to a Mediterranean-style diet can offer protection against type 2 diabetes. The paper is just the latest in a long line of research pointing…
The benefits of free school meals far outweigh any harm caused. rajkumar1220

It is not fair to say free school meals in India are deadly

In the aftermath of the death of 22 schoolchildren in the state of Bihar in India, the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme, which provides free school lunches to more than 120 million children, has attracted widespread…
You may think you’re strong but without food you’re fuelling no-one. seemakk

Nutrition for the non Tour de France cyclist … et voilà

Modern Tour de France riders compete as part of a professional cycling team, with support staff who work to ensure that each individual’s nutritional needs are met. Under such circumstances – as we wrote…
Many things go into making a Tour de France champion – including nutrition. Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Eat me, drink me – fuelling riders in the Tour de France

We know professional cyclists have strong legs and the desire to win, but what role does food and drink play in their chances of success? The Tour de France is considered one of the world’s most demanding…
The term superfood is often evoked for exotic and ancient fruits, such as these acai berries. Seema Krishnakumar

Superfoods: not so super after all?

Superfoods is a buzzword now part of mainstream food and health language, often touted as miracle foods that cure all ills, stave off ageing and disease, or aid weight loss. In practice, superfoods are…
Insects constitute a source of higher quality protein for humans than we can obtain from plants. BBC World News

Icky insects are actually tasty treats that are good for you

In the early 1980s, I was a member of a team of nutritionists who analysed bush food samples sent by “The Bush Tucker Man” (Major Les Hiddins) from northern Australia to the Defence Nutrition laboratory…
Your genetic make up interacts with what you eat to either promote or harm good health. Mark Lucock

Nutrigenomics: how nutrition and genetics impact health

A month ago, I returned to Australia from a trip to Burma. After four weeks in the country, I’d acclimatised to the culture, cuisine and people. My conditioning was so complete that on my return, I was…
Soft, surface-ripened cheeses, such as Brie and Camembert, are most likely to transmit listeriosis. Shutterstock/Jiri Hera

Understanding the recent listeria-linked cheese recall

Soft cheeses made by Jindi were recently recalled in Victoria, after they were linked to the deaths of three adults, a miscarriage, and a score of other cases of “listeriosis”. The case is a reminder of…
Eggs are an inexpensive source of high quality protein, as well as being rich in minerals and vitamins. Christopher/Flickr

Settling the debate about whether eggs are good for you

Eating egg yolks is similar to smoking for the damage it does to your arteries, according to a Canadian study published in the scientific journal Atherosclerosis. But how seriously should you take this…
Researchers can now explain exactly how Popeye got superhuman strength from spinach. Marius Watz

Popeye vindicated – why spinach is good for you

Researchers have finally caught up with the wisdom of mothers, who, for decades have been coaxing their children to eat spinach. We know this leafy green is a good source of folate, a very important B…
The browning of apples illustrates how natural sugars in foods modify proteins and amino acids. quinn.anya/Flickr

Open wide: are ‘healthy’ food choices making us sick?

Educated, wealthy and living longer than ever before – or are we? Have you noticed that despite people often making healthy food choices, we are developing chronic diseases at much higher rates? A number…
Australia needs a tax on unhealthy foods that covers more than just fat content. Flickr/ms Tea

Is a ‘fat tax’ the answer to Australia’s obesity crisis?

Australia should follow the lead of Denmark and consider taxing foods high in saturated fats to curb the nation’s growing obesity problem, Greens leader Bob Brown said at yesterday’s tax forum. This week…
Higher maternal diet quality in the year before pregnancy was associated with lower risk for neural tube defects, the study found. Flickr/Aldo Risolvo

Eating well before pregnancy linked to lower birth defect risk

Women who stick to a healthy diet in the year before falling pregnant may be less likely to have a baby with birth defects…
Improving diet can improve mental health outcomes, the study found. Flickr/PinkStock Photos!

Poor diet linked to teen mental health problems

Adolescents who eat unhealthily are more likely to develop mental health problems than those with good diets, a new study…

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