Food for thought: 7 bite-sized stories to change your views on diet

From vegan and sugar free to Paleo and the just plain wrong. UNSW academics help you sift through the diet hype.

Willpower is a wonderful thing. But when it comes to controlling how much we eat, research shows there’s so much more on the table.

Fad diets led by celebrities with no formal qualifications, often demonstrate a misunderstanding of biochemistry and other basic nutrition science, writes Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds.

The paleo diet is widely different from the food of our ancestors and its range demands scrutiny before it can be recommended for modern life, argues Rosemary Stanton. 

Passionate about paleo or obsessed with organic? It might be time to reassess how you think about food, writes Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds.

No one can claim to be unaware of the risks of obesity. But research shows the link between obesity and ill-health is not as simple as it’s often made out to be, writes Lesley Campbell.

Even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental effect on cognitive ability with impaired memory and brain inflammation after just a week, UNSW reseach finds. 

Meat contains some important nutrients, but it’s not essential for a healthy diet, write Rosemary Stanton and Malcolm P Forbes.