Food & diet

Older people losing their appetite for vegetables

A new health survey shows older people are eating more chicken and fewer vegetables.

The Australian Health Survey, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that people ate more poultry and less vegetables between 1995 and 2011-12.

"Average consumption of the vegetables and legumes/beans fell by 10 per cent, with decreased consumption by teenage and adults age groups of both sexes,” said the ABS’s Louise Gates.

Wheat a kick in the guts for fighting diseases

Australian scientists have helped develop a new type of wheat with 10 times the amount of fibre than normal wheat, helping to improve gut health and fight bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

The new wheat strain, created by an international team including Australia’s CSIRO, is high in the resistant starch amylose and could provide millions of people with a lot more fibre without having to change their eating habits, the CSIRO’s Dr Ahmed Regina said.

Keep track of your vege intake with an app

There seems to be an app for everything these days and a reminder to eat your vegetables is one of the latest.

CSIRO’s new VegEze app aims to motivate Australians to add extra vegetables to their daily diets and form long-term, healthier habits through a 21-day 'Do 3 at Dinner' challenge.

"Our research found two out of three Australian adults are not eating enough vegetables, especially as part of their evening meal,” the CSIRO’s Senior Principal Research Scientist Professor Manny Noakes said.

Green vegetables linked to better heart health

Getting more greens into your diet could cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 40 per cent, according to new research from Perth’s Edith Cowan University.

Researchers from the university’s School of Medical and Health Sciences studied the diets of more than 1,000 Western Australian women, focusing on nitrate intake derived from vegetables.

They found that over a 15-year period, those women who had the highest intake of nitrate from vegetables had up to a 40 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.

New online portal dispels health myths for seniors

National Seniors’ new online resource launched today aims to help older people stay healthier as they age.

The Healthy Ageing Hub links users to information on ways to deal with chronic health conditions and pathways to a healthier lifestyle, based on the latest scientific research from Australia and around the world.

Healthy Ageing: The state of the evidence and available resources

Australia’s population is growing older and a greater proportion of Australians are living longer than ever before. As a result, more people are developing, and living longer with, diseases and disabilities associated with ageing. With escalating health care demands the expected increase in burden of disease in Australia has been reported to be unsustainable. On an individual level, disease and disability can impair quality of life and wellbeing by restricting activity, mobility, social connectedness, and community participation.

Staying active and engaged the keys to healthy ageing

Sunday, 1 October, is the International Day of Older Persons, which seeks to strengthen their participation in social, cultural, economic, civic and political life.

This year’s theme is: Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.

It is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies in events and activities throughout Australia.

Diet dilemmas put down to personality types

If you’ve ever questioned why you cannot lose weight, the answer may lie in your personality type, according to the CSIRO.

The scientific research agency analysed results of a survey of more than 90,000 people to gain a comprehensive picture of why many people find it hard to maintain a healthy diet.

CSIRO’s report focussed on the five most common diet personality types across the surveyed population, and looked at the major stumbling blocks for each type.

It found food cravings were one of the most common reasons diets fail.

Another excuse to eat chocolate

Most people don’t need an excuse but now there is scientific evidence that eating chocolate may actually help improve your brain function.

In a recent review published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition

Italian researchers examined studies into what happens to your brain after you eat chocolate high in cocoa flavanols, a form of flavonoids, which are plant-based substances with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

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