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Five types of food to increase your psychological well-being

Foods that contain omega 3 have been found to increase brain function. from www.shutterstock.com We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of...

Health Check: what are nightshade vegetables and are they bad for you?

No, these veggies are not trying to kill you.  from www.shutterstock.com If you get your health news from blogs such as Goop and Dr Oz, you might be led to believe a certain group of vegetables called “nightshade vegetables” are bad for you. The theory goes that members of the plant family Solanaceae, which includes tomatoes, capsicums, chilli peppers, eggplant and potatoes, contain toxins designed...

How to get children to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables

Kids should be eating fruits and vegetables from all colours of the rainbow. From shutterstock.com Worldwide, people are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. In Australia, less than 4% of us meet the Australian Dietary Guideline recommendations for vegetables by age group. Worryingly, children and teenagers are even less likely than adults to be eating enough vegetables. Less than 1% of kids aged two to...

Too many Australians have to choose between heating or eating this winter

If you worry about where your next meal will come from, you’re not “food secure”. Shutterstock You’d expect a dual-parent family on a median income to be able to put enough healthy food on the table. But once the cost of housing, transport and school are covered, too many Australians are having to choose between heating or eating. We’ve long known...