Food & diet

Coffee drinking not so harmful

Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day will not damage your health, a new study has found.

Scientists from the US-based International Life Sciences Institute reviewed 740 studies into the effects of caffeine on humans published between 2001 and 2015.

They discovered that consuming around 400mg, or around four cups, was the safe limit for adults and provided this limit was not exceeded often, there was no need to worry.

The findings were also true for pregnant women who drank 300mg or less a day - the equivalent of three cups of coffee.

Milk may hold key to understanding diseases

A new study on UHT (ultra-high temperature processed) milk may contribute to new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes.

Professor John Carver of Australian National University’s School of Chemistry said research showed two unrelated UHT milk proteins, which formed clusters called amyloid fibrils over a period of months, also caused the milk to transform from a liquid into a gel.

He said the same type of protein clusters were found in plaque deposits in cases of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Adults failing to eat their greens

It seems it’s not just children who turn their noses up at fruit and vegetables come dinner time – or any other time of the day.

Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable survey has found that four out of five Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines. But retirees and health industry workers are more likely to meet the recommended dietary guidelines than others.

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.

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