Kitchen Science: The Friendly Bacteria That Live In Your Food

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You couldn’t enjoy cheese like this without the intervention of micro-organisms. By Enzo Palombo, Swinburne University of Technology | Photo Credit: Marie Coleman, CC BY-NC-SA Kitchen Science: bacteria and fungi are your foody friends As you sip a cup of coffee, enjoy a rich chocolate treat or savour the aroma of a piece of Roquefort…

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Here’s How Much Sugar You Should Really Be Eating

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The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.By Kacie Dickinson, Flinders University and Louisa Matwiejczyk, Flinders University Health Check: how much sugar is it OK to eat? Consuming too much energy – whether from fat or carbohydrates, including sugar – will make you gain weight. If left unchecked, this excess weight increases your…

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Why Frequent Dieting Makes You Put On Weight – And What To Do About It

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Grapefruit diet? Probably not worth it. By Tim Spector, King’s College London | Photo Credit: Sophie Jonasson, CC BY-SA Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it People who regularly go on diets tend to lose weight initially but bounce back and even gain weight after stopping the…

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Don’t Give Kids Under 12 Cold and Cough Medicine

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Coughing sick child. By Edward Bell, Drake University | Photo Credit: anjanettew, CC BY-SA Why kids younger than 12 don’t need Over-The-Counter cough and cold remedies The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds,…

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The Best And Worst Foods For Your Cholesterol Levels

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Surprise, surprise: junk foods aren’t good for our cholesterol. By Clare Collins, University of Newcastle; Tracy Burrows, University of Newcastle, and Tracy Schumacher, University of Newcastle | Photo Credit: Pixabay  Got high cholesterol? Here are five foods to eat and avoid High fat, low fat, no carb, more carb: when it comes to getting information…

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How Cat Naps Affect Your Mood And Memory

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By Nicole Lovato, Flinders University and Leon Lack, Flinders University | Photo Credit: irina198   Want to boost your memory and mood? Take a nap, but keep it short We’re told to have power naps to keep us safe on the road and improve our alertness if we’ve had insufficient sleep. They even help our…

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How Fat And Sugar Makes You Keep On Eating

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Too much sugar and fat is affecting your brain too – not just your belly. By Terry Davidson, American University | Photo Credit: novelrobinson, CC BY-NC-SA   Fat and sugar-heavy diet harms your brain – and makes you keep on eating Do you eat only when you’re actually hungry? Many of us eat even when…

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The Science Behind Why Kissing Feels Good

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Getting jiggy. By Sheril Kirshenbaum, University of Texas at Austin | Photo Credit: Pedrosimoes7, CC0 Public Domain Lips are the most exposed erogenous zone, which makes kissing feel very good Scientists in the Netherlands have reported that we share about 80m bacteria during a passionate ten-second kiss; a finding that makes puckering up seem cringe-worthy…

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The Key to Feeling Well Rested Isn’t Just The Amount Of Time You Sleep

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By Richard Stevens, University of Connecticut | Photo Credit: Davi Ozolin, CC BY-NC-SA A dark night is good for your health Today most people do not get enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called insufficient sleep an epidemic. While we are finally paying attention to the importance of sleep, the…

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