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Artificial sweeteners have become popular for people who want to reduce their sugar intake for health or weight reasons. You probably recognise some of them by their brand name: Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet and Low), aspartame (Equal) and stevia (used by a number of brands). Each has varying levels of sweetness and uses.

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Fast food is hardly health food, but when you're on the road or it's late at night, sometimes it's your only option. These are the menu options to look for that will fill you up without filling you out.

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Halloween is taking off in Australia, and with it come the sweets. Lollies are either the best or second-best part of a kid's Halloween, depending on how much they love costumes. But what do you do when your kid brings home mountains of gut-busting, tooth-rotting sugar? Here are your options for shrinking the pile without sucking all the fun out of the holiday.

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Fighting off the freshman fifteen doesn't mean your choices are limited to treadmills and weights. University fitness centres are filled with surprising, fun amenities to help you get in shape, develop healthy habits, and even de-stress before a big exam. Best of all, for many students it's all free or heavily discounted.

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Even if your teen needs to lose weight, talking to them constantly about their weight isn't the best strategy to help them to be healthy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Focusing on weight or appearance can push kids toward eating disorders. Instead, it's better to forget about the scale and just help your kid to develop healthy habits.

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Sports drinks seem like they should be healthy. Athletes endorse them, and they don't have the same "liquid lolly" reputation as the Pepsi a few shelves over. But how helpful are they to serious and casual exercisers? Not very, it turns out.

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If you always feel ravenous after you get out of a pool, rest assured — it's not just you. Exercise works up an appetite, but swimming is extra hunger-inducing because it cools down your body.

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Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley. Known as discretionary foods, all five are high in either added sugars, saturated fat or salt. Discretionary foods provide kilojoules but not many nutrients. Here's an overview of what to avoid.

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While Australia doesn't list added sugars on food labels, perhaps it should. Added sugars will be required on new labels rolling out in the US in a year or two. A 570g Pepsi will have to say it contains 130 per cent of your daily value of added sugar. Yogurt will have to call out their added sugar, so people can't kid themselves that it all comes from fruit. Food companies fought the change, but they lost.

Yes, sugar industry, you are right: Added sugars are made of the same stuff as natural sugars. But the FDA's new labels are about health, not about getting the right answer on a chemistry quiz. It's really useful to know which foods contain a ton of added sugars.

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You might sometimes see "genetically modified" in the fine print on many food packages. Activist groups have spent millions of dollars fighting for that tiny text, and food companies have spent millions fighting back. And none of that effort had anything to do with your health.