In the three decades following World War II it became an almost universal belief of nutritional scientists that protein deficiency was the most serious and widespread dietary deficiency in the world.
This article is part of a three-part package “food as medicine”, exploring how food prevents and cures disease. Read other articles in the series here. We all understand that eating too much of the wrong foods – those that are high in energy and low in nutrients, such as fast foods, processed foods and takeaways … Continue reading Food as medicine: how what you eat shapes the health of your lungs
Restricting gluten may lead to low intake of “heart healthy” whole grains and be bad for your health, according to a new study.
Observational studies show that diets high in vegetables, fruits, other plant foods, and good-quality proteins are associated with reduced depression.
Food as medicine: why do we need to eat so many vegetables and what does a serve actually look like?
This is the first article in a three-part package “food as medicine”, exploring how food prevents and cures disease. Most Australian adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day. Whether or not they get there is another question. A recent national … Continue reading Food as medicine: why do we need to eat so many vegetables and what does a serve actually look like?
Turmeric is a yellow coloured spice widely used in Indian and South East Asian cuisine. It’s prepared from the root of a plant called Curcuma longa and is also used as a natural pigment in the food industry. In the literature, curcumin is reported to be an antioxidant that protects the body against damage from … Continue reading Can turmeric really shrink tumours, reduce pain and kill bacteria?
A graphic advertisement showing how alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, increasing the risk of cancerous cell mutations is the most effective alcohol education advertisement in the world, according to a new study.
Global alcohol producer Diageo has begun rolling out new labelling intended to make it clear how much alcohol consumers are having in each drink.
Iconic British yeast extract Marmite may affect brain function, according to researchers at the University of York.
Four out of five Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables in order to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines, according to a report by the CSIRO. The Fruit, Vegetables and Diet Score Report released today, found one in two (51 per cent) adults are not eating the recommended intake of fruit, while two … Continue reading Aussies not eating enough fruit and veggies – report
The variety of food choices makes it hard for consumers to even start to estimate how many calories or nutrients they might be consuming.
A recent analysis of a massive study observing the effect of food on the health of nearly 200,000 American health professionals suggested eating more gluten was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. But is it really this simple? Can gluten be linked to diabetes? A considerable amount of published research has looked … Continue reading Does gluten prevent type 2 diabetes? Probably not
It’s hard not to notice that the range of gluten-free foods available in supermarkets has increased massively in recent years. This is partly because the rise in the number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity, and partly because celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham have praised gluten-free diets. … Continue reading Why gluten-free food is not the healthy option
Dependent on how you spend your Monday evenings you may have caught Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped on TV. The programme covered two topics of interest to me; portion sizes and plate sizes. There is evidence that portion sizes of commercially provided foods have increased over time and the programme covered this story. One of the … Continue reading Do smaller plates make you eat less?
Oestrogen-like compounds found mainly in soy foods may decrease mortality rates in women with some breast cancers, according to new research. Researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, led by Dr Fang Fang Zhang analysed data from more than 6,000 American and Canadian women with breast cancer. They found … Continue reading Soy foods may benefit breast cancer patients
Some of us can definitely say we have a sweet tooth. Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, cookies, lollies or soft drinks, our world is filled with intensely pleasurable sweet treats. Sometimes eating these foods is just too hard to resist. As a nation, Australians consume, on average, 60 grams (14 teaspoons) of table sugar (sucrose) a … Continue reading Fact or fiction – is sugar addictive?
A world-first study has found that having just one to two energy drinks could be life-threatening for some young people with no known history of heart disease.
Personalised nutrition is rapidly emerging as a key issue for the long term future of the industry, new research has shown.
While the veggie patty is not going to totally replace lamb, chicken or beef as Aussie staples any time soon, the number of Australians identifying as a vegetarian is rising steadily.
The RACP is calling for an end to alcohol sponsorships in cricket, with currently more than 20 alcohol-related sponsorships in cricket across Australia.