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Cover Story: Food Facts & Furphies
New diet fads and furphies seem to appear every day. While some of these have a scientific basis, for others the science has changed in response to new discoveries or the science is just not there yet. This special issue of Australasian Science explores the latest evidence for food and nutrition.
Browse: Food Allergy Linked to Hyperactive Immune System at Birth
Feature: It’s Not Just About “The Science”
Female scientists and health professionals have revealed that opposition to genetically modified food is less about “the science” and more about perceived conflicts with personal values.
Browse: Omega-3 Improves Paternity Success
Feature: Tasty Treats Diminish Our Capacity for Patience
A new study finds that our recent experience with rewards such as food can change our capacity for patience.
Feature: Ruling the Roost
More than four million Australians suffer from food poisoning each year, many due to bacterial contamination of poultry products. Now nanotechnology is being tested as an alternative to antibiotic use in chickens prior to processing.
Browse: Fructose Hits Sweet Spot
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Feature: Are Fad Diets Worth Their Weight?
Fad diets continue to attract public attention with their promises of quick and easy weight loss, but the truth is that these diets are just a large serving size of smoke and mirrors.
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Feature: Can Diet Be Tailored to Suit Our Genes?
Lifestyle factors such as a eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, getting a good night’s sleep and keeping physically active are the best way to help your genes keep you healthy.
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Feature: The Truth About Carbs
Hardly a week goes by without some new study proclaiming the negative health effects of carbohydrates in our food, but are carbs really that bad for us?
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Feature: Is Food Addiction Real?
Emerging research suggests that food addiction may be a previously unrecognised factor contributing to the rise in overweight and obesity.
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Feature: Can Food Help Our Mood?
There is substantial interest in the role of nutrition in preventing and treating depression.
Browse: “Medicinal Food” Counters Onset of Juvenile Diabetes
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Feature: Facts and Furphies about Functional Foods
Bioactive ingredients are not magic bullets to fight against chronic diseases but have the potential to alleviate human ailments if their efficacy, bioavailability, appropriate dosage levels and safety in humans can be validated.
Algae could become the world’s biggest cropping industry.
Feature: Solutions to the Global Food Crisis
Julian Cribb continues last month’s review of global food security issues by looking at some of the big-picture solutions that can make the world’s food and energy more secure.
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Feature: Are Green Tea and Berries the Answer to a Ripe Old Age?
Polyphenols found in plant-based foods may be all we need to live longer.
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Feature: Gut Feeling
Does indigestion lead to anxiety and other mood disorders, and could a cure be in sight for both?
Feature: Weighty  Issues
Is a switch to artificial sweeteners a smart alternative to sugar?
Feature: Can You Make Beer from the Yeast in Vegemite?
Vegemite is made from the spent yeast left over from the fermentation of beer. Can it be recycled to produce Vegemite beer, and how does it taste?
Browse: Processed Foods Linked to Harmful Chemicals
Browse: Aussie Diets Fail The Test Browse: Paleo Diet Increases Weight Gain
Browse: Dairy Avoidance at Dangerous Levels Browse: Study Provides Carbon Footprint Table for Food
conSCIENCE: The Unintended Consequences of Reducing Food Waste
With the global human population continuing to outpace agricultural production, we may need to reduce the amount of food that we waste. But what will be the unintended consequences for wildlife that depend on food waste?
The Bitter Pill: The Natural Logic of Health Care
It’s time to debunk the “natural is healthy and good and non-natural is unhealthy and bad” myth.
Eureka!: People Who Buy Organic Foods are Meaner
Does buying organic food make you more judgemental, and why is it better to fart on a plane than hold it in?
Eureka!: Bacteria from Baby Poo Used to Make Sausages
Tasmanian devil facial tumour is evolving, and scientists have created a low-fat sausage using bacteria harvested from infant faeces.
Expert Opinion: Food Standards Authority Defends GM Safety
Earlier this year, a scientific review raised concerns that double-stranded RNA molecules produced in new genetically modified crops could pose a risk to human health. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has responded to the claims by Heinemann et al. (2013) that this gene silencing technology is entering the food supply without adequate scrutiny.
Expert Opinion: Are Chemicals in Food Packaging a Health Risk?
Synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage and processing of foods might be harmful to human health because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat.
Expert Opinion: GM Farmer Wins Landmark Court Case in Western Australia
The Western Australian Supreme Court has dismissed an organic farmer’s claims for damages from his neighbour’s genetically-modified canola crop, which caused him to lose organic certification for more than half of his property for almost 3 years.
Expert Opinion: Organic Food High in Antioxidants and Low in Toxic Metals
A meta-analysis of 343 studies has found that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants and 50% lower in toxic heavy metals than conventional crops. But are these results biologically meaningful?
Expert Opinion: Nanotech Cleared in Food Additives and Packaging
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released two reports reviewing the evidence for the safety of nanotechnologies in food packaging and in food additives. Based on patent searches rather than on nanotech declarations to the regulator, the reports suggest there is no direct evidence that novel nanomaterials are currently being used in food packaging applications in Australia or New Zealand.
The Fit: The Truth about the Average Adult Energy Intake
Nutritional labels on food state that the average adult consumes 8700 kJ/day, but isn’t this a bit low?
The Fit: Trust Me, I Have a White Hat
Can you trust obesity research funded by the interests of Big Food?
Lowe Tech: Renewables Targeted
A review of Australia’s renewable energy target appears to have been established with a particular outcome in mind.
Lowe Tech: Engineering Numbers Aren’t Adding Up
Our universities aren’t producing enough engineers to meet demand, and gender balance remains an issue.
Naked Skeptic: Abuse of a Sound Principle
The Precautionary Principle has been abused in debates about climate change, vaccination and genetically modified food.
Simon Says: GM Support Going Stale
Australians are increasingly divided in their support for genetically modified crops and foods.
Up Close: Rice futures: Biofortifying food crops for better nutrition
Plant molecular biologist Dr Alex Johnson explains how genetic engineering of rice grain could help to stave off malnutrition in the developing world.
Up Close: Germ warfare: Young researchers seeking answers to diverse microbe threats
Two young science researchers discuss their investigations of microbes that threaten, respectively, human health and our food supply. We chat with Claire Gorrie about aspects of the drug-resistant bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae, and how it's implicated in serious infections. And Rebecca Vandegeer tells us how the Barley Yellow Dwarf virus strips our wheat crops of their defences, posing a threat to food security.
Up Close: Going viral: Global food security under threat from crop and livestock diseases
Virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley details the myriad threats to the global food supply from pathogen infestations in crops and livestock, and how new genetic and surveillance technologies are lending hope to keeping them in check.
Up Front: A Sour Taste from Artificial Sweeteners
The food industry has been accused of influencing research that it sponsors.
Odd Spot: Food in Space
This infographic will take you on a journey through the evolution of food in space, show you the challenges of eating in zero gravity, educate you on space food preparation processes, and explain why food is such an important factor in keeping the astronauts sane.
Online Feature: Science advice and policy making
Lord May examines the challenges facing tomorrow’s world: anthropogenic climate change; feeding more people; and designing a financial system that allocates capital in a responsible and effective way.
Online Feature: Sex, Food and Pseudoscience
Sexcereal is a his-and-hers line of breakfast cereals that claims to boost your love life.
Online Feature: The exclusive on exclusion diets
What is the evidence for diets that focus on food exclusion?
Online Feature: WA's court verdict on GM crops is a dose of common sense
The WA Supreme Court has dismissed an organic farmer’s claims for damages from his neighbour’s genetically-modified canola crop.
Online Feature: New genes involved in food preferences will revolutionise diets and improve health
New understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences could lead to personalised nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding diseases.
Online Feature: How 3D food printers could improve mealtimes for people with swallowing disorders
Online Feature: Junk food packaging hijacks the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction Online Feature: Whole grains are better for you but they're no panacea
Eating whole grain foods is considered better for your health than refined grain foods, but whole grains may have a role in inflammation.
Online Feature: Food for fitness: is it better to eat before or after exercise?
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding food intake and exercise – is it better to eat beforehand or afterwards? And what type of exercise benefits most from eating?
Online Feature: Informed consent: why some foods should carry a cancer risk warning
It’s time to begin making consumers aware of the cancer risk associated with regular consumption of particular foods and drinks through front-of-pack warning labels.
Online Feature: US set to restrict trans fats, but should Australia follow?
While Australia has few specific regulations around trans fats, US food manufacturers will soon need permission to include them in their products. Should Australia be doing more to remove trans fats from its food supply?