Nutrition

Hunger pains

There is science behind why you get 'hangry'

Why do some people get more hangry than others?

Amanda Salis   And why is it that some people get more hangry than others?

Vege eating

Top six sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans

Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids.

Kesava Commerford   Despite what some vegetarian-haters will have you believe, it is relatively easy to maintain a balanced diet.

Why we eat more when drinking alcohol

Perhaps alcohol plays havoc on appetite signaling between gut and brain.

Melissa Healy   They call it 'the aperitif effect' and it smells like delicious home cooking.

Should you pay attention to the 'use-by' dates on food?

Milk will last in the fridge five to seven days beyond its expiration date.

Russ Parsons   Will eating it actually make you sick or are they just overly-cautious suggestions?

Are 'natural sweeteners' really any better for you?

"Is sugar the enemy it's made out to be these days?"

Michelle Bridges   Is sugar the enemy it's made out to be these days? Michelle Bridges answers your questions.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

"Snack on vegetables throughout the day and aim for at least one serve of salad a day."

Susie Burrell   Here are some foods to eat to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

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Healthy eating

Australia has a new food pyramid

The new pyramid.

Susie Burrell   Fats, sugar and "junk" foods have been eliminated from Nutrition Australia's iconic pyramid.

Eating myths

Why what we think about eating is so often wrong

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Peter Whoriskey   We're subject to a torrent of nutritional advice based on new studies, but how much of it is worthwhile? According to some researchers, surprisingly little.

When can food really be called 'natural'?

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Sarah Berry   Although many consumers want "natural" products, the term has proved difficult to define.

What is the truth about sugar in fruit?

Where did the message on fruit go wrong?

Sarah Berry   Yes, fruit contains sugar – but it's still good for you.

Healthy eating

No foods should be demonised nor held up as miracles

"I've avoided treating any food like the devil."

Aaron E. Carroll   A guide to eating healthy that should be useful for most people. These are tips not laws.

Michelle Bridges

Warm roast pork with baby vegetables.

Our fitness expert helps to manage inflamed Achilles and helps a chef prepare for an open-ocean swim.

Food myths

Mixed messages: we are constantly bombarded with information about food, much of it contradictory.

Susie Burrell   Confused about eggs and cholesterol? Perplexed by the debate regarding sugar? Susie Burrell busts some misconceptions.

Michelle Bridges

Stir- fried beef with ginger.

Our expert offers nutrition advice, suggests a workout makeover and serves up a healthy stir-fry.

Michelle Bridges

Minted lamb with cauliflower mash.

Our fitness expert helps defeat negative self-talk and refreshes an active chef's workout routine.

Fitness self-talk

Michelle Bridges: The importance of self belief

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Michelle Bridges   Our fitness expert helps defeat negative self-talk and refreshes an active chef's workout routine.

One small change

Your health: improve your diet one day, and one thing, at a time.

Lindy Alexander   Want to break those bad food habits of a lifetime? Starting with small steps is the key to success.

How one small change can break bad food habits of a lifetime

Your health: improve your diet one day, and one thing, at a time.

Lindy Alexander   Starting with small steps is the key to success.

Gluten myths

Setting the record straight on gluten

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Claire Maldarelli   The number of people adhering to a gluten-free diet far surpasses the number who suffer from celiac disease.

Celeb advice

Why do we listen to celebrity nutrition advice?

There are health concerns about a baby cookbook co-authored by Pete Evans.

Paula Goodyer   Why do we listen to health advice from experts in areas such as cooking or acting?

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Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: How to gain weight healthily

No equipment required: a body weight trend.

Michelle Bridges   Our fitness expert on how to gain weight and taking up exercise for the first time in your 40s.

Finding balance

Overeating these healthy foods could be harmful

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Danielle Braff   They are very healthy but only when consumed in moderation.

Michelle Bridges

Penang chicken.

Michelle Bridges   Hi Michelle, my issue is the opposite of most people. I have been 56kg since I was 24, I'm now 44. I eat well and exercise, a lot, but want to gain 5kg and find this a challenge. Eating more high fat carb foods makes me feel bleh. Any tips for healthy calorie dense foods? Liz

Global kitchen

Your health: take inspiration from cuisines around the world and move to a healthier diet.

Susie Burrell nominates cuisines that bring both taste and nutrition to the table.

Healthy spices

The health benefits of spices

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Paula Goodyer   Cinnamon, chilli, turmeric... they contribute more than just flavour.

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Fitness don'ts

8 surprising diet and exercise mistakes

"Plan your rest as well as you plan exercise".

Find out if you're making one of these 8 common diet and exercise mistakes - and learn what to do instead.

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Can food allergy become a part of our identity?

" I must admit, I am happy that my allergies now at least let me eat cake."

Jacqueline Maley   Yes, I am a nightmare to eat out with. Yes, I am dreadful to cook for. But I am me, rashy and liable to face-swelling at inopportune times.

The truth about raw food

Sashimi, the ultimate raw food.

Ellie Krieger   The raw food movement has gotten a serious foothold. But are there really significant benefits to uncooked food?

More coffee, please

Drinking coffee could be great for your heart

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Deborah Netburn   Just in case you need one more reason to drink coffee.

Snack science

10 reasons you can't stop snacking

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Alison Loughman   Can't resist the call of the crunchy, salty or sugary snack fix? You're not alone.

Cravings explained

The most addictive foods revealed

Rich in processed carbs, fat and salt, pizza is one of the most addictive foods you can eat.

Susie Burrell   There are some foods you cannot seem to stop eating, no matter how hard you try.

Constant craving

Can your food cravings help you understand your health?

Is your sweet-tooth just your body's way of crying out for chromium?

Sarah Berry   Do you crave chocolate because your body needs more magnesium? Is your sweet-tooth just your body’s way of crying out for chromium?

Fact v fiction

A new guide to what you should and shouldn't eat to stay healthy

Get your daily fruit in-take in the form of whole fruits, not fruit juice.

Anna van Praagh   Anna van Praagh considers the latest findings that flip our food wisdom on its head.

Eat well

Five easy ways to reduce your sugar intake

"If you consider that a large sized latte or cappuccino can contain almost 20g of sugars from lactose, you can see you will be much better with a small coffee..."

Susie Burrell   If you want to cut back on sugar, here are the easiest ways to do it.

Michelle Bridges

Middle Eastern eggplant and zucchini pizza.

Pizzas are turning into a nightmare on junk street.

The sweet trap

Why low-fat isn't always healthy

Out of the frying pan: the problem with many low-fat foods is that they're loaded with sugar.

Jennifer Morton   Muesli bars and low-fat yoghurt are health foods, right? Jennifer Morton meets a man on a mission to prove they're not.

The sweet trap

Out of the frying pan: the problem with many low-fat foods is that they're loaded with sugar.

Muesli bars and low-fat yoghurt are health foods, right? Jennifer Morton meets a man on a mission to prove they're not.

Fact or fad?

Is detoxing just a myth?

"Year after year we are encouraged to cleanse, which has become shorthand for eating well."

Ellie Pithers   Detox, detox, detox: that's January's unremitting mantra, but are juice cleanses and alkaline diets nothing more than marketing spiel? Three experts separate fact from fad.

Diet masters

Bowl of cherries: get some expert advice when it comes to dieting.

Susie Burrell   How do the experts manage their weight successfully? Susie Burrell persuades them to share their secrets.

Detox debate

Is detoxing really just a scam?

"When people take those unnecessary chemicals out of the body, they tend to feel better, they lose weight and symptoms like headaches and lethargy often disappear," Phelps says.

Sarah Berry   Detoxing is a scam. So says The Guardian in a new feature that has been reverberating around the internet ruffling feathers and eliciting nods of agreement in equal parts.

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Health obsession

Has our obsession with perfect health gone too far?

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Stephanie Wade   "It started out innocently enough. A friend began eliminating processed food from her diet, to focus on her health and wellbeing from 'the inside out'."

No piece of cake

How I finally quit sugar for good

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Veronica Schmidt   "My body tingled with anxious energy and I developed an unattractive habit of ringing my hands. I thought about chocolate. A lot."

Nutritional truths

Do you really need to activate your almonds?

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Paula Goodyer   Legumes are back on the menu, with researchers suggesting phytates may have little impact on mineral absorption.

Mind over matter

Do you practise 'mindful eating'?

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Linda McSweeny   Eating on the run or at your desk is part of modern life. But it may also be a recipe for obesity.

Vegan vindication

Lessons from a vegan diet

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Paula Goodyer   What if there were an eating plan that helped you lose weight while still allowing a generous amount of food including - gasp -carbs?

All-time best foods

10 foods you should eat every day

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Susie Burrell   Forget what we should not be eating; instead let's focus on the powerful super foods that pack a serious nutrition hit for their punch and the foods that we should aim to eat on a daily basis.

Feeling sluggish?

The 10 foods you should eat to boost your digestion

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Arabella Forge   Dietitian Arabella Forge recommends ten foods that can improve your digestion.

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Healthy choices

Your salad probably isn't as healthy as it looks

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Susie Burrell   If it is called a salad, and looks like a salad, it must be a healthy choice surely? No.

Nutritional Q&A

Five minutes with Dr Joanna McMillan

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Everything you'd like to ask a dietician (including some good news for pasta lovers and bad news for fans of coconut oil).

Sweet news

Chocolate may boost memory, study finds

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Pam Belluck   In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa can reverse age-related memory loss.

Good news

Good news, carb lovers: reheating pasta makes it healthy

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Sarah Berry   A test on BBC's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor has found that reheating pasta makes it healthier and may even help us to lose weight.

Nutritional truths

The 'health' foods you should be avoiding

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Paula Goodyer   The health food aisle is often where junk hides behind labels such as "organic" and "gluten-free".

Healthy choices

Here's how to change your bad eating habits

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Paula Goodyer   "People know that an apple is healthier than a lamington – it's sticking with the apple that's difficult," says nutritionist Leanne Cooper.

Nestle cuts size of killer pythons in half

Lean not mean: Nestle is putting its oversized jelly snake on a diet.

Sarah Oakes   Killer Pythons are looking more like multi-coloured vipers as the global confectionery giant downsizes products to control portion sizes and respond to growing consumer concerns about their sugar intake.

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What they eat

Are your friends a bad influence on your healthy lifestyle?

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Evelyn Lewin   A new study concludes "eating behaviours can be transmitted socially."

Public servant blames absences on lack of easy access to soy milk

A Canberra public servant told her boss she needed longer breaks to find a café that served organic coffee with soy milk.

Noel Towell   Unauthorised absences blamed on dietary requirements.

Eating for pleasure

Is our health obsession killing the joy of food?

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Sandy Smith   We need to remember that we eat for other reasons apart from being healthy.

Grim news

Turns out 'comfort food' isn't all that comforting

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Susie Burrell   Don't read this if you're planning to enjoy a wheel of brie and bottle of wine after a particularly shocking week.

Best intentions

Stick to healthy eating all week then blow it at the weekend?

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Susie Burrell   Susie Burrell sets a few simple rules.

Holy guacamole!

Australian Thief Makes Off With 1,500 Kilograms of Avocados

What is the street value of bulk avocado?

We need a search party and a really good recipe for guacamole. Stat.