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What a Waste!!! 

Despite the soaring price of groceries, Australians still discard up to 20% of the food they purchase – that’s 1 out of 5 bags of groceries we buy. New Australian data has shown over half our weekly grocery bill is spent on high-fat, high-sugar discretionary foods including home delivery, takeaways, and alcohol.

A lot of people mistakenly believe that eating healthy is expensive. Yet the average cost to have a Big Mac meal delivered to your door is now over $25. The truth is, quick, nutritious, great tasting healthy meals you can make at home can cost as little as $4 per serving. Sources - Who said Healthy Eating is expensive

Come-on Get Happy
Eating Too Much Processed Food is now clearly linked to Depression. New data from an Australian study of over 12,000 people showed that eating just one extra serve of fruit and veg a day can make you feel better about yourself and your life. How much is one serve? A small metric cup, which isn’t that much! American Journal of Public Health

A high fat diet expands waistline & shrinks the brain
New research from the University of South Australia shows that fatty foods may not only be adding to your waistline but also playing havoc with your brain. A clear link between mice fed a high-fat diet for 30 weeks and diabetes, as well as a subsequent deterioration in their cognitive abilities was established. Obesity and diabetes impair the central nervous system, exacerbating psychiatric disorders and cognitive decline. We demonstrated this in our study with mice," noted lead researcher, Assoc Prof Bobrovskaya. Protect your health and your brain by consuming The Right Fats.

New Muscle Strength Gene 
Researchers in Melbourne have identified a gene that promotes muscle strength that mimics the benefits of working out. Before you cancel your gym membership, don’t forget, humans have over 20,000 genes that are influenced by our body’s environment (the epigenome). However, identifying genes like these will help how we manage healthy ageing, diseases of muscle atrophy, sports science and even livestock and meat production. This is because promoting optimal muscle function is one of the best predictors of overall health. Published in Cell Metabolism 

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