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So-called superfoods receive lots of coverage, but their health benefits are often overstated. Deakin University academic Michael Vagg explains why.

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In many parts of the world, it's not uncommon to eat other bits of an animal, such as ears, stomach, feet, liver, tail, or intestines. Of course, it helps that they're cheaper and easier to get in other countries, but if you're willing to try something new, don't miss out on these delicious, varied sources of vitamins and protein.

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American cheese has a bad reputation, especially among foodies and health-conscious folks. (Think the bright yellow stuff at McDonald's.) You might hear claims that it's made of "plastic" or "chemicals," but it turns out the truth is nothing scary. American-style cheese is just cheese mixed with melting salts and ordinary ingredients like milk.

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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.