Food & diet

Cafe culture alive and well in Australia

Australians’ eating habits are going more upmarket, with new research showing we are now more likely to go to a café than a fast food outlet than we were 10 years ago.

Having a meal at the pub has also become more popular than having a pizza home delivered, according to Roy Morgan Research.

Australians’ dining and dietary habits have also changed over the past decade, with low-fat diets falling out of favour, fewer people being preoccupied with their cholesterol levels, and more of us opting to buy the same food week in, week out.

Tiredness is partly genetic, researchers say

If you often feel tired, your genes may partly be to blame, researchers at Scotland’s Edinburgh University say.

Saski Hagenaars at the University’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology and Dr Vincent Deary of Northumbria University surveyed nearly 112,000 people, asking them whether or not they frequently felt tired or had low energy levels.

Cheese choices reflect who we are

What you keep in the dairy compartment of your fridge says a lot about you, a new study has found.

Roy Morgan Research data out this week reveals that 76 per cent of Australian grocery buyers take home at least one kind of cheese.

Unsurprisingly, block cheese bought by 55 per cent of consumers was the most popular, followed by sliced and grated or shredded cheese.

New Zealand and British-born Australians were 23 per cent more likely than the population average to buy block cheese in an average four weeks.

Appetite for Life

One of the most recognisable faces on Australian TV belongs to one of its best loved cooks and food personalities.

With a passion for fresh produce and for her Barossa Valley home, Maggie Beer has prepared, presented and inspired audiences on programs including The Cook and the Chef, The Great Australian Bake Off, and next year, Maggie in Japan.

Boys born today expected to live longer

Australian boys born today can expect to live to 80.4 years, up from 75 in 1995, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

But Dr Paul Jelfs, ABS General Manager of Population and Social Statistics, said that boys’ later lifestyle choices, including smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise, could have a big impact on life expectancy.

Fewer men smoke now daily or drink at risky levels but this was offset by more men who are overweight or obese today.

Most Australians healthy, report shows

Most Australians consider themselves in good health, according to the latest two yearly report card by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Australia’s health 2016 showed that people were living longer with death rates continuing to fall, said AIHW director Barry Sandison.

“If Australia had a population of just 100 people, 56 would rate their health as ‘excellent’, or ‘very good’ and 29 as ‘good’,” he said.

Jury out on Paleo

Despite its growing popularity, the Paleo diet causes more negative side effects than traditional diets, concludes Edith Cowan University research published this week.

The Australian-first study involved 39 healthy women, with half eating a Paleo diet while the rest were assigned the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) diet over a four-week period.

More than one in five women who ate the Paleo diet reported instances of diarrhea, compared with none of the AGHE group.

The Paleo group also reported higher rates of tiredness and trouble sleeping.

Not enough action on chronic disease

New research shows Australia’s health authorities are worried not enough is being done to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes from crippling the health system.

The concerns were outlined in Australia’s Health Tracker, released this week by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC), which represents more than 50 health organisations.

It showed increased rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and dangerously high levels of salt and sugar consumption in Australian adults.

One in two Australians eat too much sugar

New research shows that 52 per cent of Australians eat more sugar than world standard recommendations.

Australian Bureau of Statistics spokeswoman Louise Gates said that according to the World Health Organisation, free sugars should contribute to less than 10 per cent of total energy intake.

But the average amount of sugars each person consumes was 60 grams a day, the equivalent to 14 level teaspoons of white sugar.

Free sugars include the added sugars from food and beverage processing and preparation as well as honey and the sugar naturally present in fruit juice.

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