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Food and your life stages

Details: Food-related problems for young children include overweight, obesity, tooth decay and food sensitivities. Recommendations include: If a child is gaining inappropriate weight for growth, limit energy-dense, nutrient-poor snack foods. Increase your child’s physical activity. You could also limit the amount of television watching.

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Food and celebrations

Details: Food is an important part of any celebration in all nations of the world, regardless of culture or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds and helps to maintain a common identity among a group of people. Different countries use food in different ways to help celebrate special occasions like Christmas, New Year, weddings and birthdays.

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Food safety when eating out

Details: Hot food should be served hot at 60 °C and above, and cold food should be served cold at 5 °C or less. If you are in any doubt about the safety of food, don’t eat it. If you have serious concerns with the way food is handled, stored, prepared or cooked by a food business, contact the local council in which the premises is located.

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Food allergy and intolerance

Details: Food allergy and food intolerance are commonly confused, as symptoms of food intolerance occasionally resemble those of food allergy. However, food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis).

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Pesticides and other chemicals in food

Details: The kind of processing that food undergoes (such as storage time, washing or peeling). Balancing food supply and pesticides The challenge is to balance a reliable, high-quality food supply with the need to protect the consumer from unnecessary exposure to chemicals.

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Food safety when cooking

Details: Food continues to cook even after the microwave is turned off. Cooling and storing food. If you need to store food for later use, wait until the steam stops rising, cover the food and put it in the fridge. This helps keep the food out of the temperature danger zone as fast as possible. Large portions of food cool faster when you put them into

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Nutrition needs when you’re over 65

Details: Without good food and drink choices, you’re at greater risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and even mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. A healthy diet helps socially too – regularly connecting …

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Diet and heart disease risk

Details: Food-related risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and a diet high in saturated fats. A low-saturated fat, high-fibre, high plant food diet can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Causes of death, Australia, 2018, Australian Bureau of Statistics;

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Food safety and storage

Details: Food contaminated with food-poisoning bacteria may look, smell and taste normal. If food is not stored properly, the bacteria in it can multiply to dangerous levels. Beware of the temperature danger zone. Food-poisoning bacteria grow and multiply fastest in the …

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Food – use-by and best-before dates

Details: Within reason, provided the food looks and smells as you would expect, it should be safe to eat, even if the best-before date has passed. Keep an eye on the ‘use-by’ or ‘best before’ dates on the food in your cupboards. Don’t eat any food that is past its ‘use-by’ date, even if …

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Healthy eating – what to put on your plate

Details: For more information visit ‘ Food to have sometimes ’. More about how much to eat. Information about exact servings and other examples can be found at Eat for Health. Timing your food intake. When you eat also plays a part in a healthy diet. The biggest food timing tip is eat breakfast.

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Eating tips for young toddlers

Details: Don’t use food as a reward, pacifier or punishment. Make mealtimes a positive experience. Mealtimes should be relaxed and happy. Suggestions include: Let your child explore food by touching and expect some mess. Let children feed themselves and give help if needed.

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Energy in food (kilojoules and calories)

Details: The food and drinks we eat provide energy, which is measured in kilojoules. How much energy they provide depends on the amount of carbohydrate (sugars/starch), protein, fat and alcohol the food or drink contains, as well as the portion size. Different ingredients in food and how they are prepared mean some have more kilojoules than others.

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Vegetarian and vegan eating

Details: Food in the correct form and combination to make sure nutrients can be digested and absorbed (such as foods high in vitamin C alongside iron-rich plant foods). If you wish to introduce your child to vegetarian or vegan eating, seek advice from a dietitian, doctor or your maternal and child health nurse to ensure they are getting essential

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Huntington's disease and diet issues

Details: Food serves many purposes Food is more than just fuel for our bodies – it is a meaningful social and cultural event. It is important that the person with Huntington’s disease is able to select, prepare and eat their choice of food whenever possible. For example, if …

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Binge eating disorder

Details: Binge eating disorder is a serious mental health condition. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds, and is the most common eating disorder in Australia. You can recover from binge eating disorder with the right help and commitment.

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Eating disorders and adolescents

Details: Avoid using food as a reward, or for bribes or punishment. Accept that children are likely to have different eating habits from adults – for instance, adolescents may require more food more frequently during the day or may go through periods of liking or disliking particular foods. Avoid going on diets and do not try to put your child on a diet.

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Food processing and nutrition

Details: Food is heated inside the can to kill any dangerous micro-organisms and extend the food’s shelf life. Some types of micro-organisms require severe heat treatment and this may affect the taste and texture of the food, making it less appealing. Preservatives are generally not needed or used in canned foods.

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Eating tips for children (3)

Details: Learning food hygiene, like washing hands before touching food or eating; Sharing food with other people. Healthy snacks. Snacks between meals are an important part of the day for young children, so keep these as healthy, nutritious and as interesting as possible. Suggestions include: Fresh and dried fruits; Crackers with cheese or hummus

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Carbohydrates and the glycaemic index

Details: The Glycemic Index, 2019, The University of Sydney.; Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 1.2.7 – Nutrition, health and related claims, 2018, Food Standards Australia New Zealand.; Sacks FM, Carey VJ, Anderson CAM, Miller ER, Copeland T, Charleston J et al 2014, Effects of high vs low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate on cardiovascular disease risk factors and insulin

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Eating tips for preschoolers

Details: Food is an important part of special occasions for everyone and should be enjoyed. However, high energy treats are best kept for special occasions and are not recommended for lunch boxes. Strict diets aren’t recommended Children grow at a steady rate during the kindergarten and early school years. Strict or low-fat diets are not recommended

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Kilojoules on the menu

Details: This includes fast food or chain restaurants that sell things like burgers, pizza, fried chicken, pasta, sushi and noodles. It also applies to drink, café and bakery chains. From 1 May 2018, large Victorian fast food and supermarket chains are required to display the kilojoule content of ready-to-eat food and drinks on their menus and food tags.

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Eating tips for school children

Details: The food your child chooses might be high in cost and energy, but low in nutrients sometimes. An alternative is a packed lunch from home, which is a great way for your child to learn about healthy food and to help with preparation. Lunch box suggestions include:

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Eating and drinking in hospital

Details: The food and drink you get in hospital may be different to what you eat at home. Even if you don’t feel like eating or don’t like the food very much, it’s a good idea to try to eat it anyway. You can also ask staff if your family or friends can bring you food that you would prefer to eat.

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Weight loss and carbohydrates

Details: Weight gain comes from an excess in overall kilojoules (or energy), which can come from any food source – including foods lower in carbohydrates and higher in dietary fat or protein. Typical foods eaten on a low-carbohydrate diet include – beef, chicken, bacon, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, and fats (such as oils, butter and mayonnaise).

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Healthy eating – school lunches

Details: Food is usually stored in lunchboxes for several hours and it is important to keep the lunchbox cool so that the food stays fresh. Some tips to help keep lunchboxes safe include: Choose an insulated lunch box or one with a freezer pack.

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Diabetes and healthy eating

Details: Aim to include at least one 'low GI' food per meal. Taking care with portion sizes is still important when eating low GI foods, as large servings of these foods can result in high blood glucose levels and weight gain. Some low GI foods may be high in saturated fat, added sugar …

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