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5 smart ways to get your sweet fix

Bronwen King 12:00am There are ways to be clever with sugar so you get that sweet hit you might crave, without maxing your daily quotient.

Does reheating pasta make it healthier?

Pasta perfection: Reheat to reap the benefits?

SARAH BERRY 12:00am 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.

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Not so healthy?

What to leave behind in the health food aisle

Navigating your way through the health food aisle can be tricky.

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

Live Lighter campaigns to lose grabbable guts

A new campaign takes a graphic approach to exposing the need for healthy living.

JIL HOGAN The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

Why Richard Branson beefs about giving up meat

Richard Branson.

SARAH BERRY "More and more people recognise that conventional meat production can have truly devastating environmental impacts."

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Slower not better: myth of gradual weight loss debunked by study

'If you lose weight quickly, you still gain it back at the same time as someone who loses it gradually.'

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Losing weight gradually is not more effective than rapid weight loss, despite what you may heard.

How to change your bad eating habits

How do you embrace a healthier diet?

Paula Goodyer The road to better eating can be littered with obstacles.

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10 tips to a longer, healthier life

Changing a few habits - or gaining some good new one - could make your life longer and happier.

Leslie Baker There's still plenty you can do to add years to your life. These 10 ways are easy and have more significance than most of us realise.

Any movement matters to defuse ticking time bomb of desk jobs: 45 and Up Study shows

Being chained to a desk can prove fatal.

Natasha Boddy and Michael Inman Swapping an hour of sitting for standing may just keep you alive for longer.

Health benefits

Coffee loves your liver, study finds

Coffee: Liver-loving brew?

SARAH BERRY In news that will have coffee lovers reaching for a cup, a new study has found that our beloved brew may help to protect our livers.

Better and faster

Three exercises to make you run better


David Dellanave and Kelly Starrett Getting stronger is essential to becoming a better runner.

The key diet strategies of lean people


Susie Burrell Here are some of the deeply entrenched behavioural habits that are common in individuals who manage to control their weight, not just in the short term, but for life.

Beat the books

How to study smarter for school and university exams

Do you want good grades or smart learning? The two might not be the same.

RACHEL CLUN HSC exams are coming up, and end-of-year university exams are also looming. For those facing tough tests, the latest advice is not to study more, but to study smarter.

Obesity linked to light from gadgets kept switched on at night

Sleepers need pitch-black conditions, not the light from just-one-more-episode.

Sarah Knapton Why failing to switch off gadgets at night could be powering obesity.

Fermenting is the new food trend

Top trend: fermented foods.

SARAH BERRY We are seeing a surge in popularity of this ancient food practice. This is why.

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Warning labels about cancer on alcohol: do we need them?

While everyone knows drinking can get us into trouble on the road, we're less aware of the cancer connection.

Paula Goodyer We might not have health warnings on alcohol in Australia yet – although warnings about drinking during pregnancy are on the way – but plenty of other countries do.


Only in moderation

Extreme fitness fad has run out of puff


Victoria Lambert Victoria Lambert welcomes a trend that encourages us to exercise only in moderation.

Health and fitness

Six 'health' fads that are doing more harm than good

It's time to get fit for summer, but not all the health fads out there are beneficial.

RACHEL CLUN While there's nothing run with taking up a new exercise or diet regime, there are a few fads at the moment that it's best to avoid – for the good of your health.

The two-minute stretch every desk worker should do before bed

Yoga instructor Jill Miller demonstrating one of her stretches.

RACHEL CLUN Many of us spend the work day hunched over a computer while seated at a desk.

Pete Evans slammed

My Kitchen Rules chef Pete Evans raises heat over Paleo diet

Pete Evans

ERYK BAGSHAW The heart foundation and the dietitians association of association of Australia have slammed Chef Pete Evans’ spray about the Paleo diet on social media.

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The downside of dairy

The downside of dairy (warning: it could put you off your latte)

Regulations say calves must be fed within six hours of transport and delivered within 18 hours of their last feed.

Paula Goodyer Depending on who you talk to, dairy food is a valuable source of nutrients or a cause of runny noses and bloating. But the dairy issue that rarely gets an airing is the cost to animal welfare of all the dairy products Australians consume, including about 104 litres of milk per head each year.

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Celebrities, please stop

Size zero and live off burgers? Yeah right

Celebrity performance eating is getting annoying.

Skinny celebrities love to bang on about their favourite fattening foods – they need to stop

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Pros and cons

Which sort of milk should you choose?


Susie Burrell A wide variety of low fat, reduced fat and A2 cow’s milk competes with goats, rice, coconut, soy, nut and oats milks on supermarket shelves. Let's look at the pros and cons of each.

Smoking, obesity still the top causes of cancer

Staying physically strong: Green vegetables and exercise.

SARAH BERRY Half of the men and one third of women in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. If this statistic wasn't sobering enough, much of it is preventable.

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Has the fun gone out of food?

Is our obsession with being healthy killing the joy of food?

Has the fun gone out of food?

Sandy Smith Can you enjoy a bowl of ice-cream without the guilt? Do you drink red wine instead of white because it contains more antioxidants? How often do you eat something just because you like the taste of it without thinking about how much good it is doing you?

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