• An apple a day keeps the doctor away

    Open Forum     |      May 21, 2021

    The first wide-ranging study to look at whether healthy food prescriptions lead to better diets and healthier patients suggests there could be some truth to the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’

  • Reach for the health stars

    Open Forum     |      January 7, 2020

    Better food labelling could help stem the rising tide of diet-related disease around the world, despite the reluctance of food manufacturers to help consumers make healthier choices.

  • Mind your micro-nutrients

    Said Ajlouni     |      October 10, 2019

    Environmental and health concerns mean that many people are switching to a plant-based diet, but they can risk missing out on some key micronutrients.

  • The vegans are coming!

    Matthew Ruby     |      October 6, 2019

    Between the rise of plant-based sausages and veggie burgers that “bleed”, vegan protesters at supermarkets, and Disney adding hundreds of vegan items to its theme park menus, veganism is in the news.

  • Meat-free meals load up on salt

    Open Forum     |      September 29, 2019

    They might be plant-based, gluten-free, organic and vegan, but many meat-free alternative products are highly processed and packed with salt, which can cause health problems.

  • You are what you eat

    Open Forum     |      September 6, 2019

    In a study that will shock no one, people with the healthiest lifestyles enjoyed a 75 per cent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those with the least healthy lifestyles, according to international researchers who looked at data from all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

  • Busy mums skip nutrition guidelines

    Open Forum     |      August 30, 2019

    Australia’s National Nutritional Guidelines are not helpful to working mums who may want to provide nutritious meals for their families but find this difficult under the time pressures of modern life.

  • One more cup of coffee for the road

    Open Forum     |      July 19, 2019

    Coffee contains a complex mixture of bioactive ingredients, including substances such as caffeine and kahweol, but a new study finds no evidence that they affect people’s risk of getting cancer.

  • The best probiotics are found in real food

    Senaka Ranadheera     |      May 28, 2019

    Supermarkets, health food stores and pharmacies are full of products claimed to have beneficial probiotic effects, but the best way to boost your health remains a proper, balanced diet.

  • Yes please to yoghurt and cheese: The new improved Mediterranean diet

    Open Forum     |      January 2, 2019

    Thousands of Australians can take heart as new research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet.

  • Nostalgia and friends drive our festive food coma

    Open Forum     |      December 20, 2018

    Why do we stuff ourselves so full at Christmas? It’s not just the food we love, but the memories of happy times in the past and the company of family and friends in the present.

  • Why do we love to hate vegans?

    Tani Khara     |      November 9, 2018

    More and more people are adopting plant-based diets in Australia and other western nations but it appears that resentment towards vegans and vegetarians is also on the rise. A little more compassion and understanding on both sides might be in order.