Lactose intolerance

Lactose is a complex carbohydrate (sugar) that is present in milk. During digestion, lactose is broken down into two simpler

Dietary guidelines for healthy eating

The updated Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) are based on foods, food groups and eating patterns rather than individual nutrients. However,

Vegetarian diet

Increasing numbers of people are choosing to be vegetarians – for health reasons, because of concern about climate change or

Antioxidants: their role in health

Oxygen is essential to life, but as our bodies use oxygen, we generate by-products known as reactive oxygen species (ROS)

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight

What is my ideal weight? There is no such thing as an ‘ideal weight’, just as there are no perfect

Gluten and gluten-free diet

Gluten is a protein found in common cereal grains, especially wheat, barley and rye, and sometimes in oats. In people

Saturated fat

Most people know that reducing dietary fat intake is often an important step in losing weight, but not everyone knows

Unsaturated fats

We all need some fats (or more correctly, we need their fatty acids) as part of our normal diet. All


What is iodine? Iodine is a chemical element that is an essential part of our diet. Foods that are naturally

Food labels: a guide to reading nutrition labels

Use the nutrition information label (also called a nutrition information panel), which can be found on the packaging of almost

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