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Is red meat bad for you? And does it make a difference if it’s a processed burger or a lean steak?

A juicy burger is a staple in many Australians’ diet. Yet research shows regularly eating red meat can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. But is eating a beef burger worse for your health than eating a lean grass-fed steak? And how much red meat should we really be eating?

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Are sports foods all they shake up to be? Study reveals shocking truth

A comprehensive audit of readily available sports foods has revealed many are mislabelled and claim to be more nutritious than they actually are.

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Men’s Health Week – simple ways to build healthy habits 

Taking steps to improve your health doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some simple things to do that can go a long way.

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Study finds some mealtime strategies make fussy kids even fussier

New IPAN research has found that mealtime strategies used by parents of fussy eaters might be inadvertently turning their children into even fussier eaters, interrupting their ability to regulate their own appetite and establish healthy eating habits.

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Nutrition, sustainability and affordability on the menu – improving food provision in early childhood care

Learning and development in childcare starts with good nutrition - and dietitians play an important role in helping to set Australian children on a path to better lifelong health.

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8 everyday foods you might not realise are ultra processed – and how to spot them

Ultra-processed is not just another name for junk – although foods like soft drinks, confectionery and chips are ultra-processed. There are many packaged foods we’d normally consider healthy that are ultra-processed.

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Deakin to lead new Clinical Guidelines for overweight and obesity

About 14 million Australians are living with overweight or obesity. A team of Deakin researchers from IPAN and the Institute for Health Transformation (IHT) are leading a much-needed review of our clinical guidelines to manage overweight and obesity, focusing on early intervention.

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Your tendency to overindulge these holidays could relate to your ‘eating personality’. Which type are you?

Holidays are a time when lots of us tend to overindulge in food and drink, and many people gain weight. Dr Georgie Russell and Emeritus Professor Alan Russell explain how understanding your 'eating personality' can help avoid overindulgence over the festive season.

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Misleading food labels contribute to babies and toddlers eating too much sugar. 3 things parents can do

Research shows that Australian infants and toddlers are eating unhealthy amounts of sugar.

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What is the ‘carnivore diet’ and is it a bad idea?

Dr Katherine Livingstone looks at how much meat is too much in a piece for The Conversation.

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Is fake meat healthy? And what’s actually in it?

The popularity of plant-based proteins, or “fake meat”, has increased in recent years as consumers look to eat fewer animal products. In fact, plant-based protein is projected to be a A$3 billion opportunity for Australia by 2030. Many consumers believe these fake meats are better for their health, as well as better for the environment, but is that right?

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Study finds children missing out on healthy diets at childcare

Children in many Victorian childcare centres are being fed meals that don’t meet healthy guidelines and staff who plan their menus don’t feel confident or supported enough to do better, a new study has found. 

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