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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: Breast Cancer Starved by Meat and Dairy Nutrient
Browse: Fatty diets lead to daytime sleepiness, poor sleep Browse: CO2 Rise Threatens Nutrition
Browse: Omega-3 Improves Paternity Success Browse: Slow and Steady Does Not Win the Weight Loss Race
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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.
Browse: Slow and Steady Does Not Win the Weight Loss Race
Browse: Could a beetroot a day keep the doctor at bay?
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.
Feature: Ancient Agriculture’s Role in Maternal and Infant Mortality
Ancient human remains have revealed evidence that the adoption of agriculture led to malnutrition in a mother, her foetus and other infants.
Browse: Female Fertility Linked to Selenium in Diet
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?
Browse: Nutrition’s Role in Early Psychosis Treatment
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
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.
Cover Story: Does Eating Less Extend Life?
Dietary restriction extends the lives of species as diverse as yeast, flies and mice, but is this effect simply due to artificial conditions in the laboratory?
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Cover Story: A Diet that Calms the Schizophrenic Mind
The ketogenic diet favoured by bodybuilders also normalises schizophrenia-like behaviours.
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Feature: Mummy’s Boy
An analysis of wallaby milk finds that male joeys receive better nutrition than their sisters.
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Feature: The Stomach as a Target for Obesity
Obesity permanently changes the way our body processes gastrointestinal signals about satiety. While appetite suppressants have had limited success, the identification of an appetite-regulating nerve channel offers a new approach to keeping weight off.
Browse: Poor Maternal Nutrition Primes Child Obesity
Rats whose mothers were fed an unhealthy diet during pregnancy need more junk food to get the same hit, according to research published in FASEB. The mechanism appears to be a shortage of pleasure receptors in the brain.
Browse: Broccoli Each Day Keeps Asthma Away Browse: Poor Nutrition Leads to Chronic Diseases
Browse: Food Additive Prevents Weight Gain Browse: Paleo Diet Increases Weight Gain
Browse: Nutraceuticals Can Boost Antidepressants Browse: Dairy Avoidance at Dangerous Levels
Browse: Paternal Supplements Help Offspring Health Browse: Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Brain Plasticity Loss
The Bitter Pill: Is Saturated Fat Good or Bad?
Populist TV, blogs and publications have portrayed saturated fats as healthy rather than dietary villains, but this is an oversimplification as it’s not valid to judge our complex dietary intake by only one component.
The Bitter Pill: Diet Gurus Ignore the Weight of Evidence in Guidelines
Diet gurus are blaming Australia’s obesity problem on government dietary guidelines they claim are unhealthy, when the real issue is that too few people follow them.
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?
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?
The Fit: Pure, White, But Maybe Not So Deadly
Is there something uniquely unhealthy about sugar above and beyond the excess calories?
Naked Skeptic: Milks Ain’t Milk
Milk is sold as full fat, low fat, fat-free, permeate-free, organic, A2 or unpasteurised, but do the health benefits match the marketing hype?
Naked Skeptic: A Brief History of Some Science
Science has brought public health a long way since the voyages that led to Australia’s discovery and settlement were ravaged by disease. Why, then, do some people want to turn back?
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 Front: Obesity Is Winning the Hunger Games
Can a sugar tax save us if obesity has already permanently suppressed the satiety signals that tell us to stop eating?
Notice Board: Participants wanted for asbestos related disease study
Adults suffering from asbestos-related diseases are needed to participate in a University of Queensland study on the role nutrition plays in the quality of life for patients diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma.
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: Sweet enough? Separating fact from fiction in the sugar debate
What is the scientific evidence for reducing the WHO's recommended maximum sugar intake?
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: Eating healthily during the week but bingeing on weekends is not OK for your gut 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.