December issue: 10 things we learnt

December issue: 10 things we learnt

The December 2016 issue of Healthy Food Guide is available in supermarkets and magazine retailers from Monday 21 November


Here are 10 things we learnt while researching this issue.


Vitamin D from sunshine while you exercise potentially reduces your risk of an underactive thyroid and improves insulin resistance. It’s not me, it’s my hormones, page 32.



Australia has agreed to adopt legally binding rules governing when egg producers can use the label ‘free range’. Label detective, page 16.


Globally, life expectancy from birth has risen from 61.7 years in 1980 to 71.8 years in 2015. Newsbites, page 8.



Canned chickpeas, coated with spice and then baked until crunchy, make a yummy topping for hummus or a snack on their own. Gluten-free entertaining, page 74.



Soaking sorghum (a gluten-free, high-protein grain) and lentils overnight in water will improve their digestibility and reduce cooking times, too. Vegetarian Christmas, page 66.



The coconut broth used to poach Asian-style chicken for a salad can be strained and reused to make a flavourful base for soup or curry. Munching on the move, page 76.


 When you make basil pesto, replace the nuts with toasted seeds for less than half of the kilojoules. HFG makeover, page 81.


 A study in the Journal of Nutritional Science found that students usually gain 1.4kg to 4.5kg in their first year of tertiary studies. Newsbites, page 8.


We lose a little water with every breath we take, which explains why we usually wake up in the morning weighing a little less and feeling thirsty. Water, the simple secret to feeling fresh, page 38. 


Many non-alcoholic drinks have just as many kilojoules as alcoholic beverages. But there are healthier, lower-sugar options for those times when you want to enjoy a social occasion without drinking alcohol. Ask Claire, page 11.



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