Do artificial sweeteners influence blood sugar?

Artificial sweeteners are among the most commonly used food additives worldwide and, thanks to their low-calorie content, they’re considered safe and beneficial. But are they really a healthy alternative to sugar?

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Try sexy summer mocktails for health

The festive season seems to give license to indulge in alcoholic beverages. A cool refreshing beer here, a delicious cocktail there—yet many proven health risks far outweigh any suggested benefits for heart health.

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Your guide to eating out this festive season

While we all look forward to a good break and holiday over Christmas time, it’s very easy to forget our goals of healthy eating and exercise. The focus on relaxation takes over and we become a little more ‘varied’ with our eating choices. So, before you start celebrating the holidays, here are some handy tips to help you come back from vacation looking as smashing as when you left!

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How to increase happiness for and in retirement

You can probably guess that I have a lot of information about retirement flowing into my inbox. On purpose. I’m keen to find out what the latest thinking is. Over the past week, two stories have come in on the theme of happiness. The first tells me how to be a happy Boomer, and the second how to have a happy retirement.

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Ingrid is enjoying her life too much to retire

At 73 years of age, Ingrid Pich brings a lively presence into a room—any room. We meet in a kitchen/lounge in the complex where she’s just finished conducting an exercise class. She tells me later she’s a ‘high-energy person’. That’s obvious from the start.

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Are you getting enough sun?

These days, Australians are more aware of the damaging effects of the sun than they have ever been. However, we may have taken the ‘slip slop slap’ message a little too seriously. Covering up, slapping on the sunscreen and staying away from sunlight completely may just have its own risks—we’re talking about vitamin D!

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Chia seeds or linseeds: Which is better for your health?

In the modern world of superfoods, healthy seeds have become a major contender. Both chia and linseeds are healthy additions to your diet—they’re a good source of fibre, omega 3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens. But when it comes to seeds, is one better than the other?

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Learning from the ‘Blue Zones’ for life and retirement

A few years back, Dan Buettner found four areas on our planet where people live long (think centenarians) and active lives. He studied them to find ‘the world’s best practices in longevity’. He called the areas where he found them Blue Zones.

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Join the food fight to keep your brain healthy

What you eat can have a huge impact on your brain. That stands to reason when you consider that our bodies are a whole entity. Each part of our body is connected. But the food-brain link is not often discussed.

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Controlling asthma with fruit and vegetables

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. According to Asthma Australia, one in nine people have the condition and it can affect any age group. It’s the most common chronic disease affecting children worldwide! But did you know that what you eat can affect the severity of the problem?

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