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July 15, 2021

Excess added sugar could hurt the heart

If you have concerns about heart health, you should pay attention to added and free sugar intake. Excess consumption isn’t good for heart health, in part due to the impact on the liver. The liver and the heart Development of non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD) has been linked with high intake of added sugars, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages, even … Continued
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July 8, 2021

NZ school no-sugar policy cuts rates of dental decay

Small changes can have incredible impact, as has been proven by an exceptional New Zealand school. In 2006, Yendarra School in South Auckland introduced a water-only policy. That meant no sugar-sweetened beverages were allowed on campus, whether sold at the school or brought from home. Junk foods such as pies, icy poles and ice-creams were … Continued
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June 17, 2021

Health benefits of reducing added sugar

There are various concerns for health following excessive and persistent added sugar consumption. In That Sugar Film, we saw the effect it had on Damon in as little as 60 days, and that was consuming seemingly “healthy” foods! The risk for developing such health conditions, including excessive weight gain, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more, … Continued
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June 13, 2021

Whole vs ultra-processed foods

In choosing what to eat to support health, we are often guided by what to exclude or restrict. The problem is, there are so many dietary ideas, recommendations and advice out there, collectively all the counting and restrictions can feel overwhelming. We suggest a simpler approach to healthy eating: focus instead on what foods to include. These … Continued
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June 7, 2021

Sugar swaps!

Sugar is added to a lot of our everyday packaged food and drink. This includes seemingly healthy foods, such as muesli bars, fruit-flavoured yoghurt and store-bought muffins, and those convenient foods we turn to when low on time and energy, such as instant soup and cereal. Without the need to whip up elaborate meals throughout … Continued
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June 5, 2021

Hotspots for added sugar

Identifying added and free sugars by learning how to read labels takes a little practice, though worth doing. By building awareness of where and how much added sugar is hiding in food and drink, we are less likely to over consume. This is important as too much of the sweet stuff increases the risk for tooth decay, type 2 … Continued
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June 3, 2021

How to read labels for added sugar

Most Aussies are consuming too much added and free sugar. Recommendations are to limit intake to 6 teaspoons (25g) per day, yet some boys aged 14-18 years are having at least 38 teaspoons of free sugars per day! Too much added and free sugar can lead short- and long-term health concerns, so it is important … Continued
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May 23, 2021

Top tips for reducing added sugar

Tucking into a tub of Häagen-Dazs, a packet of Skittles, or a slice of Aunty Val’s pavlova, without question you are eating added sugar. However, excessive amounts of the sweet stuff can creep into everyday foods without us realising, even in products that appear ‘healthy’. In fact, Australians over-consume free and added sugars, surpassing the recommended limit of … Continued
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April 20, 2021

The eating habits of kids

Everyday we are exposed to ultra-processed packaged food and drink that is fancy looking, hyper-palatable, super-cheap, and easily accessible – yet ultimately unhealthy. Whether online, on the TV, at school, on public transport, or at the weekend sporting match, it is hard to avoid the temptation of such offerings by the “Big Food” industry.  In the face … Continued
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April 1, 2021

Finding your balance

Most of us want to eat well. And we should. It is imperative for optimal brain and body function. While it is obvious that certain foods are not great for us (yes, that Krispy Kreme is not designed to nourish your body), in this online age we are constantly bombarded with sometimes conflicting nutrition information … Continued
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March 24, 2021

No added sugar Easter alternatives!

Easter is here, friends! And with it, supermarket aisles of coloured foil and bunny-themed, sugar-laden sweets. It is a festive time of year, and a chocolate Easter egg for the kids as part of the fun can be okay. What we don’t need is our kids partaking in a mountain of chocolate and other sugared-up … Continued
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February 9, 2021

Healthy meal ideas for kids

Creating a meal to please kids that is also healthy can be a challenge. Children and teens can have a discerning palate and a preference for particular (often unhealthy) foods. It is not surprising. We are faced with endless marketing of hyper-palatable processed and packaged foods, many of which contain added and free sugars while offering little … Continued
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