Seven Sneaky Food Labelling Tricks To Watch Out For

Food manufacturers regularly use deceptive and confusing descriptions such as “fat free” and “100% natural”. Here are seven — complete with examples from Australian supermarkets — to be aware of the next time you go shopping.

Fast Food Is Becoming Less Salty (But Is Still Too Salty)

The good news? Salt levels in fast food from Australian takeaway chains are becoming lower. The bad news? Those levels are still very high.

Be Aware Of Cereal Flake Size To Ensure You Eat Healthy Portions

A healthy breakfast cereal will be low in sugar and high in fibre , but portion size is just as important. And you might be tricking yourself in that aspect based on the size of the flakes, says nutritionist Barbara Rolls of Penn State.

Reduce Your Farting Potential With Fennel Seeds

You fart several times per day, like everyone else on the planet. It’s a fact of life, and one that many people would prefer to keep quiet — both literally and figuratively. If you want to fart less, fennel seeds are at your service.

How Hidden Sugar Is Ruining Your Diet

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released draft revised guidelines on daily sugar intake for adults and children. But if people are to follow the WHO’s advice, they need to start thinking about all the hidden sugar in their diet.

This Infographic Shows The Phytonutrients You Need To Stay Healthy

Phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, are thought to help decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough. This graphic from Precision Nutrition shows us how to incorporate more of these nutrients into our diets.

Why Diets To Lose Weight Fail

Almost everyone who has tried to lose weight has tasted the bitter pill of failure. That feeling you get when, despite all your desires to be healthier, to fit into sassier clothes or to shimmy through life (and into aeroplane seats) with greater ease and comfort, you just can’t stick with your diet and exercise plans for long enough to get there.

Why Australians Are So Fat (And How To Fix It)

In 1980 just 10 per cent of Australian adults were obese; by 2012 this figure had risen to 25 per cent, among the highest in the world. The food industry lobby and their friends in government would have us believe this comes down to reduced personal responsibility for what we eat and how much we move.

Put A Mirror In Your Kitchen To Trick Yourself To Eat Healthier

It pays to be self-conscious sometimes. This one-minute video from In59second’s Richard Wiseman tells us that just looking at ourselves before we open the fridge can help us lose weight and make better food choices.

Ask LH: How Can I Help A Friend Gain Weight?

Hi Lifehacker, I have a friend with a fast metabolism. I know he eats a full lunch and dinner and sometimes even late-night snacks as well. However, he’s still well under the recommended weight for his height (11 kilograms in fact). Is there any way to help him gain weight?