nutrition

The Best Workarounds For Dietary Restrictions

Dietary restrictions may mean that you can’t eat whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around those restrictions. This infographic lists the best alternatives for flours and baking grains, sweeteners, oils, thickening agents and proteins.


How To Make The Most Of Airline Food

Airline food is the butt of endless bad comedy routines, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t maximise the experiencing of dining on a plane. With Qantas upgrading its in-flight meals this week, here’s what’s on offer and how you can get the best from it.


Why The Science Of Salt And Health Can Be Unsavoury

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published three papers about the effects of salt consumption on health. Their apparently contradictory findings have served to further fuel an unwarranted debate about the harms, or otherwise, of excessive dietary salt.


Ask LH: What Happens If A Product Makes Fake Nutrition Claims?

Dear Lifehacker, I am on a calorie-controlled diet and was very excited to discover a delicious product which only contained 432 kilojoules per serve. I was quite sceptical how this product could be so low in KJ as I was still gaining weight on a limited number of calories. Recently I noticed the bottle of said product has now been labelled with a different count of 1297KJ per serve. When you drink up to four a day I now understand why I have been gaining weight!


Fruit And Vegetables Should Be Capped At Five Portions A Day

We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for you, but how much is too much? According to the latest scientific research, improvements in health stop increasing once you reach five portions per day. While eating additional sticks can be healthy, it won’t make you live longer.


How Supermarkets Make So Much Money From Unhealthy Food

Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business.


How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Over the last half century, the global food industry has profoundly changed the way we eat. While we understand how these dietary changes have impacted physical health, their effect on mental well-being is only now being realised.


How To Kick The Late Night Snacking Habit

Whenever I ask people what the most difficult habit is for them to break, late night snacking is often the first thing they say. We’re all susceptible to curling up with a snack while we wind down our day, but it can be an unhealthy habit that’s hard to kick.


Why Food Variety Matters Much More Than Blockbuster Nutrients

Turmeric is said to be the latest “blockbuster nutrient“, helpful for “everything from heart disease to Alzheimers, asthma to arthritis.” But is there any scientific evidence behind this claim, or is it just another example of the tendency to get hyped-up about certain food components, which may be doing more harm than good?


Six Foods That Change Your Risk Of Cancer

If you believe cancer is a disease that strikes from nowhere with little in your control to prevent it, you’d be mistaken on both counts. Most cases of cancer are considered preventable by positive nutrition and lifestyle choices.