Diet and Fitness

Medicine from the kitchen – the foods that can help your heart

Paula Goodyer 12:00 AM   Ask most people how they should eat to bring blood pressure or cholesterol down and they'll talk about reducing salt and saturated fat.

Is buying organic vegies at the supermarket a waste of money?

Eat local: fresh and affordable.

Sarah Berry   Buying organic vegies at the supermarket is basically a waste of money.

Alcohol – the forgotten factor in weight gain

Drinking: it's not just the hidden kilojoules in the drink.

Paula Goodyer   Whether it's a large latte, a fruit smoothie or a couple of margaritas, it's easy to forget liquids have kilojoules.

Is sugar the new fat?

Sugar: not so sweet.

Sarah Berry   In a new documentary, airing on SBS on Monday night, Nigel Latta sets out on a journey to peel back the sugar coating and see what truth lies beneath the debate consuming nutrition experts.

Pete Evans can test paleo diet claims when he gets sick

Paleo poster-boy chef Pete Evans.

Sam de Brito   Claims paleo diet can "reverse" or "help manage" illness may deter desperate people from seeking medical help.

Firstborn sisters weigh more

A study has shown older sisters weigh more than their younger counterparts, even into adulthood.

Older sisters are more likely to be overweight or obese than their female siblings, research suggests.

Home brands make for happier hearts, healthier wallets

Excess salt in foods contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Esther Han   Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Fruit juice: 'nutritional powerhouse' or as bad as Coca Cola?

The new Coles supermarket that opened at the Stockland shopping centre in Balgowlah 3 days ago.

Sarah Berry   New research aims to challenge the bad rap for fruit juice. But, does it hold up?

Drink more water... but not too much

Water is good for you, sure. But should you make it your sole drink?

Can man live on water alone?

Wellness guidelines need to a makeover

The sexier sell of wellness is not always scientific.

Sarah Berry   Instead of the dry government message on nutrition, we are often hypnotised by the sexier personal stories of unqualified bloggers, passionate personalities spruiking a product or diet plan.

What your sleeping position says about you

Your sleeping position can reveal information about your personality.

The fetal position is the most common way for people to sleep, with a 2003 British study estimating that 41 per cent of us hit the hay while curled up.

Which fast foods would dietitians choose?

Healthy fast food? Hmmm, maybe ... maybe not.

Sarah Berry   I had Subway today for lunch because it's healthy.

Try 30 days on a gluten-free diet but beware hidden costs

Toast? No thanks.

Jake Cleland   Here are some tasty tips on ways to take a gluten-free approach.

Can you catch addiction from your parents?

Drinking: Pleasure or problem?

Paula Goodyer   Like heart disease and some cancers, the risk of getting into trouble with alcohol or drugs can run in families.

Fat heads, potato heads and grain brains clash as diet debate goes nuts

All or nothing? The diet debate goes nuts as new research claims carbohydrates were vital for human evolution.

Sarah Berry   The Paleos are going predictably nuts over a new study stating that carbohydrates were just as, if not more, important than meat for human evolution.

Pear of the dog

Coffee for a cure? Think again.

There is a better cure for a hangover than the stock standard fry-up and injection of coffee.

Butter is fine, but too much margarine could kill: new study

Good or bad? Depends on which study you follow.

Sarah Knapton   Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests.

Meat-brained humans – Paleo cops a punch

Meat and potatoes? Starchy carbohydrates led to evolution too, researchers say.

Sarah Berry   The modern argument that the Paleo way fuelled human evolution may be archaic, according to a new study.