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October 25, 2017

YMCA dumps sugary drinks!

In early 2017, Monash University, Deakin University, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and YMCA Victoria published a study revealing a majority of what kids purchased to eat and drink from swimming pools and recreation centre cafes and kiosks was junk. In excellent news, YMCA Victoria has officially stopped selling sugar-sweetened beverages at 38 of their … Continued
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October 21, 2017

Excess added sugar could hurt the heart

Consume too much added sugar? Got concerns about heart health? Either way, you should pay attention. Excess added sugar intake, via impact on the liver, could be nasty for heart health. 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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October 18, 2017

The impact of different sugars on the liver

Few of us truly understand the magnificent work our liver undertakes day in and day out. It detoxifies, metabolises and produces compounds necessary to keep us alive. However, when the liver is fatty, these functions are compromised leading to all kinds of health complications. Historically, fatty liver disease was a result of too much boozing. … Continued
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October 14, 2017

Happy (& healthier) Halloween!

Halloween – there is no doubt we are all familiar with the ‘trick or treat’ occasion! These days, the ‘treat’ often comes in the form of sugar-loaded sweets. While the occasional ‘treat’ is okay, on special occasion days like these our kids can end up with a huge cache and can easily over-consume the sweet … Continued
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October 11, 2017

Kids with type 2 diabetes is rising. But dietary changes can help

Data from the huge SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study – that includes more than a whopping 20,000 participants – reports the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing in our children.1 We are talking a 7% rise annually between 2002 and 2012. Until recently, type 2 diabetes was referred to as ‘adult-onset’. Now, kids … Continued
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October 7, 2017

Lifestyle tips to curb sugar cravings

Keeping the sugar cravings at bay isn’t only about what you eat (or don’t eat!). By also addressing certain lifestyle factors you may find energy and mood are boosted and ease the need to lean on the sweet stuff. Here are a few things to consider. Sleep We are living in an era where getting by … Continued
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October 4, 2017

Artificial sweeteners may affect blood sugar

We have been directed in the past to opt for the diet drinks or use artificial sweeteners when wanting (or needing) to replace added sugars and manage blood glucose levels. But emerging research indicates that artificial sweeteners may not be helping keep blood sugar under control, via impacts to our glucose absorption mechanism and gut hormones.1 Not … Continued
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September 30, 2017

Weight loss from one less sugary drink a week

Looking for a simple way to kick-start long-term, sustainable weight loss? Turn your attention toward your sugary drink. A new study has revealed there is a close correlation between how much soft drink one consumes and propensity to put on the pounds. Excess added sugar consumption leading to weight gain is not new news. How readily … Continued
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September 28, 2017

Managing the blood sugar swing

When you read or hear about eating sugar, you may also read or hear about blood glucose (also referred to as blood sugar). Glucose is one type of simple sugar. Blood glucose is the amount of glucose floating around in the blood. Other simple sugars (also known as monosaccharides) include fructose and galactose, and good … Continued
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September 23, 2017

A soft drink price hike works!

We are well aware that soft drinks aren’t great for health. But when they are so widely available and affordable (and possibly addictive), they can be hard to resist. There has been much talk about taxing sugary drinks. And with that talk comes much scepticism and concerns for an impending ‘nanny state’. Yet it turns … Continued
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September 20, 2017

Quick tips to tackle hunger (& reaching for that sugary snack)

Find yourself reaching for the sweet stuff, even though you’ve just eaten? Or you think you are full but wanting a nibble only an hour later? Well, a little planning can go a long way in keeping those pesky hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay. Here are a few things to consider. Make healthy … Continued
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September 17, 2017

Is breakfast a meal or a snack?

It is pretty common knowledge breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Following 12-16 hours of resting the digestive system, people across the globe break the overnight fast with a meal to kick start their day. What we choose to eat at this time is important. It can influence energy, focus, and performance, … Continued
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