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An informed view of all things food

Is red meat on par with cigarettes for cancer risk?

Headlines were awash with sweeping statements this morning, as researchers from the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a causative association between processed meat and cancer. So should the frightening parallels being made between sausages and cigarettes be taken seriously? Read on for my take on the developments. What does the evidence say? The announcement comes from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (AIRC) – a group of international […]

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Beyond Bone Health – 5 Unexpected Benefits of Dairy

I’ve been pretty quiet of late, as I knuckle down to finish off the last few months of my Master’s of dietetics. After finally completing a gruelling 60 days of clinical placement in a busy Melbourne hospital, I’ve been lucky enough to secure a community placement at Dairy Australia. I’ve always been pretty vocal on my kinship with dairy foods – in fact nine of my past blog posts have […]

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What to Eat for Fitness Success

Get the most out of your workout by eating foods to nourish and replenish. Here’s what to fill up on. A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are vital for health and wellbeing. Whether it’s sun salutations in the morning or pounding the pavement in the evening, every bit of physical activity plays a role in improving our health and reducing the chance of chronic diseases. Good nutrition is important […]

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Vitamin Infusions – magic bullet or waste of money?

Forget getting enough sleep and eating well, the latest celebrity trend involves being hooked up to an intravenous drip that delivers a cocktail of nutrients straight into the bloodstream. The gang from Geordie Shore is the latest bunch to share their experiences with IV vitamins, but Rihanna is a fan from way back, posting photos of her ‘party girl drip’ a number of times since 2012. It’s a nice idea, […]

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Orthorexia – the accepted new age eating disorder

Strict adherence to a healthy diet, scrupulously avoiding ‘unhealthy foods’, exercising religiously, and stocking up on ‘superfoods’. To most of us, the above reads like a shopping list of healthy living. But to some, obsessive habits like these may be symptomatic of an all-encompassing eating disorder. For Naomi Arnold, what started out as a well-intentioned health kick morphed into a fixation on “obsessive ‘clean’ eating and rigorous exercise.” Arnold had […]

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The 22-day vegan challenge – if it’s good enough for Beyonce…

Last year she was chosen as the cover for Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people issue, and this year she’s hoping to influence the world’s dietary decisions. That’s right, Beyonce’s back on the vegan bandwagon. Although she’s quick to stress that she is not strictly vegan, Beyonce and husband Jay Z made headlines in 2013 after announcing their plans to take part in a ’22-day vegan challenge’. Apparently they were […]

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The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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