Nutrition

8 everyday foods you might not realise are ultra processed – and how to spot them

For years, the term “junk food” has been used to refer to foods considered bad for you, and not very nutritious. But junk can mean different things to different people.

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Long COVID: a range of diets are said to help manage symptoms – here’s what the evidence tells us

There has been a lot of talk recently about a variety of diets as ways to manage long COVID symptoms. But what are these diets, and what does the evidence say? Two experts weigh in.

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A dietitian’s top 6 healthy and affordable lunch swaps for kids

Leading Australian dietitian, Susie Burrell shares her back-to-school tips and tricks for healthy eating. 

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Harvard researchers reveal the 4 diets associated with living longer

A major Harvard study has analysed which type of diet is best for a long life. 

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Eating late at night may actually make you hungrier

That midnight snack may not be so great for your health.

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Protected: Crunch and colour: This vegan rainbow salad ticks all the boxes

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5 ways to celebrate over the holidays without sacrificing your health

After a long and difficult year for most, we’re all looking forward to a well-deserved break these Christmas holidays.

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Four ways to turn your family favourites vegetarian

These vegetarian versions of tasty classics are sure to impress.

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Picky eater? Research shows it could be in your DNA

Are you predisposed to like icecream and dislike brussels sprouts? A new study explores how genes and biological processes influence which foods we find irresistible.

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Peanuts and herbs can ‘help improve gut health’

According to researchers from Penn State, adding one ounce of peanuts or about a teaspoon of herbs and spices to the diet each day may affect the composition of gut bacteria.

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Egg shortage: A nutritionist on the best egg alternatives

Nutritionist Hazel Flight explains how tofu, aquafaba and pureed fruits can be used as healthy alternatives to eggs.

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Picky eaters ‘put off by food’ depending on plate colour

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have discovered that the colour of the bowl in which food is served also influences taste perception.

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We’re told to ‘eat a rainbow’ of fruit and vegetables. Here’s what each colour does in our body

Nutritionists will tell you to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables. This isn’t just because it looks nice on the plate. Each colour signifies different nutrients our body needs.

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Quinoa vs. Rice – which is better for you?

While rice has been a store cupboard staple for decades, Quinoa has emerged in recent years as something of a […]

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Fruit and veg: is it better to peel them?

Many people’s default when preparing fruit and vegetables is to peel them. But often, it’s not necessary. There are important nutrients in the peel. And, what’s more, discarded fruit and veg peels contribute to climate change.

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Are butter boards bad for you? An expert view on the latest food trend

In an unexpected twist, butter seems to be back on the menu. After years of being a maligned ingredient that […]

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What are postbiotics and how can they improve our gut health?

Many of us are familiar with probiotics and you might even have heard of prebiotics. But what are postbiotics and what is their role when it comes to gut health?

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Top tips to support your gut health

While gut health may seem minor in the bigger health picture, Dietician, Nicole Dynan says it has a huge impact on our wellbeing and quality of life.

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3 ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily diet

The benefits of apple cider vinegar abound: it’s a boost to the digestive system, keeps the body’s pH in balance and tastes great on a salad. If you have a little patience, it’s also easy to brew at home.

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What’s this ‘longevity’ diet, and will it really make you live longer?

You may have heard about the longevity diet, and its promise of an extended life span – but what exactly is it and is it any different to other diets promoting good health?

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New research shows cravings for fatty foods tied to the brain-gut connection

It’s easy to blame the taste of homemade baking or the saltiness of crispy fries on the desire to eat too much. However the latest research out of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute has uncovered an entirely new connection between the gut and the brain that drives our desire for fat.

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Ultra-processed foods: it’s not just their low nutritional value that’s a concern

In countries such as the UK, US and Canada, ultra-processed foods now account for 50% or more of calories consumed. This is concerning, given that these foods have been linked to a number of different health conditions, including a greater risk of obesity and various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and dementia.

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Have you heard soy is linked to cancer risk or can ‘feminise’ men? Here’s what the science really says

Soy is common in many Asian cuisines, and is growing more popular in Western countries as many people aim for predominantly plant-based diets. It offers many potential health benefits and is generally cheaper than meat.

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Does TikTok’s chia-lemon ‘internal shower’ really beat constipation? Here’s what science says

Heard about the chia seed-lemon juice “internal shower” drink? It’s going viral on TikTok and is being hailed as a digestion booster, constipation and bloating buster (particularly after travelling), detox drink and hangover cure.

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