Australian liqueur drinking habits, Roy Morgan Research
July 20, 2016

Australians may drink beer, wine and spirits in greater quantity than liqueurs, but a new study from Roy Morgan Research has found 1.5 million adults still consume at least one liqueur beverage in any given four weeks. Out of the liqueurs on offer, Baileys Irish Cream is by far the favourite. In the 12 months leading up to March 2016, 574, 000 Australians 18 years and older drank at least one Baileys drink. Most popular liqueur brands in Australia               Source: Roy... ...Read more »

Home cooked meals for infants not always better than supermarket bought ones, British Medical Journal
July 20, 2016

A new UK study has found home cooked baby food is not necessarily superior to store bought options. Published online by the British Medical Journal’s Archives of Disease in Childhood, the research discovered even though home cooked meals are usually cheaper, they generally exceeded dietary fat and energy density recommendations. If organic ingredients were used, home cooked baby foods were however often more expensive than pre-made store bought options. How the study worked To come up with their... ...Read more »

Australian salmon consumption growth rate slow, Roy Morgan Research
July 13, 2016

Weekly salmon consumption by Australians has only grown by one per cent over the past two years says Roy Morgan Research. According to a new study, since 2014, Australians who eat salmon each week has only increased from 24 per cent of the population to 25 per cent. This equates to just 300, 000 more people. Across the two-year period, Victorians have started eating the most salmon with 26 per cent of the state’s population eating the fish weekly in 2016 compared to 23 per cent in 2014. Queenslanders... ...Read more »

Artificial sweeteners make consumers hungrier, Uni of Sydney study
July 13, 2016

A new study out of the University of Sydney has discovered why artificial sweeteners can make both humans and animals hungrier. Published today in the Cell Metabolism journal, the study found a system in the brain that senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food. “After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” Associate Professor Neely said. “Through systematic investigation of this effect,... ...Read more »

More Australians are consuming soy beverages than energy drinks, Roy Morgan Research
July 11, 2016

More Australians aged 14 and older are drinking soy-based beverages than they are drinking energy, sports, iced tea and breakfast drinks. According to Roy Morgan Research, in the 12 months ended March 2016, 5.7 per cent (or 1.1 million) Australians 14 and older drank at least one soy drink in any given seven-day period. Comparatively, 5.6 per cent drank energy and sports drinks, 4.7 per cent consumed iced tea and breakfast beverages. Energy and sport drink consumption has also been on the decline... ...Read more »

Metals from cigarette butts might be leaching into marine food chain, new study
July 11, 2016

  A new study has found that metal from the almost 5 trillion cigarette butts littered annually across the world may be leaching into the food chain. Published late last week by the online journal, Tobacco Control, Iranian scientists studied cigarette butts found on nine different beaches in the northern part of the Persian Gulf in 2015. Metal contents of the beach waters were measured twice, with a period of ten days left between measurements. Metals measured included iron arsenic, nickel and... ...Read more »

Pineapple could be a secret superbug fighting weapon
June 27, 2016

A professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne has been investigating enzyme from pineapple that may provide a source for a new alternative to antibiotics. Professor Robert Pike of La Trobe University is currently using cutting edge DNA technology to pull an extract from pineapple stems which stops gastro and diarrhoea in piglets. He says this reduces the reliance on antibiotics. “We hope this will also open up new avenues for natural treatments of gastro in humans – and stop our strong reliance... ...Read more »

Eating grains “dispels myth eating grains contributes to excess weight”, new study
June 27, 2016

New Australian research has found that eating grains does not help you gain excess weight. In a study commissioned by the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, data which revealed the diets of 9, 341 adults was analysed to find eating core grain foods is not linked to the size of your waistline. This is despite 43 per cent of all Australians reporting they limit grain foods to help lose weight. The data revealed that people who eat six or more serves of core grain foods each day have a similar waistline... ...Read more »

High fibre diet could rid allergies, Monash University study
June 22, 2016

Most would not think that a diet lacking in fibre might be the cause of allergies, but success from Monash University have found evidence supporting this linkage. Studying allergies, scientists at Monash University in Melbourne discovered eating a diet rich in fibre can possibly shape the immune system to reduce allergies to substances such as peanuts. Reversal in mice proved The study, performed largely by PhD student, Jian Tan, involved feeding a high-fibre diet to mice with a peanut allergy.... ...Read more »

Online shopping trends identified, JWT Intelligence report
June 22, 2016

A new intelligence report from JWT, the market intelligence associate of global advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson, has revealed a number of key online shopping trends in the US, UK and China. The research particularly highlights important information about Millennial shoppers and how they differentiate from Generation X and Baby Boomer shoppers. US and UK trends The report made a case for using artificial intelligence technology if Millennials are the target audience. According to the research,... ...Read more »

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