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Jackie O reveals health battle in lockdown

<p>Radio host Jackie "O" Henderson has revealed that she's the new face of weight loss program Weight Watchers after battling with her own weight issues in lockdown.</p> <p>“When we were in isolation, I just started eating really unhealthy and then I got into this big rut that I couldn’t get out of“ the 45-year-old told Natalie Barr on Tuesday.</p> <p>“I noticed I was putting on more and more weight and with that I didn’t want to go out and I think my confidence was just shot.”</p> <p>Henderson revealed that she "stopped socialising completely" due to her feelings about her body.</p> <p>“I just got to a point where I wasn’t doing anything,” she explained.</p> <p>“I was coming home everyday from work, watching TV, and I was setting a bad example for my daughter as well by not eating healthier, having far too much takeout.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CQZgHYeAxQg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CQZgHYeAxQg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jackie O (@jackieo_official)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Everything was getting on top of me and I didn’t really know how to start finding my way back.”</p> <p>Henderson is documenting her weight loss journey with the public and approached WW to try one of their plans.</p> <p>She ended up signing on as a celebrity ambassador instead, with the aim of losing 10 kilograms.</p> <p>“I thought OK, this has to stop, I have to do something where I’m starting to feel good about myself again, I need to get back to the way I used to feel,” she said.</p> <p>“So I reached out to WW because I’d heard a lot of great things about their plan and their holistic approach to not only losing weight but feeling good about yourself and exercising a bit more, so all of those things really appealed to me.”</p> <p>“When you put yourself out there for something like this, you kind of have got to come through with the goods,” she said.</p> <p>“I knew that it was something that was not only going to not only put a lot of pressure on me, but it would put me under the microscope.”</p>

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"At a crossroads": Manu Feildel set to say goodbye to Channel 7

<p>French chef Manu Feildel's TV career with Seven could be coming to an end after the TV network axed <em>Plate of Origin</em> and <em>My Kitchen Rules</em> was "rested" after a disappointing 2020 season.</p> <p>After initially signing with Channel 7 in 2010, his contract is set to expire later this month.</p> <p>“I’m at a time of my life now where I’m at the crossroad,” Feildel told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/hanging-up-his-apron-why-manu-feildel-is-giving-up-on-restaurants-20210614-p580uo.html" target="_blank"><em>Nine newspapers</em></a>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFbTpI9nJOg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFbTpI9nJOg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Manu Feildel (@manufeildelofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> “Either TV is going to stop and I’m going to keep on going with my businesses that I’ve had or television is going to change its course. I’m at peace with whatever happens to me.”</p> <p>Feildel is appearing on the latest season of <em>SAS Australia</em>, but has also been chatting to other production companies about future projects.</p> <p>“That’s the type of TV I want to do,” he said. “There are smaller production companies not necessarily attached to a network that approached me for a few different ideas. They’re great ideas and I want to be involved with them but, again, it’s having the idea, producing it and then selling it that’s the trick.”</p>

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Woolworths sends shoppers wild over $8 beverage

<p>Woolworths shoppers have gone into a frenzy after a video posted to TikTok revealed the supermarket now stocks bubble tea kits for just $8.</p> <p>New Zealand brand Avalanche are the ones behind the DIY Bubble Tea Kits, with Woolworths across Australia exclusively stocking them in Milky (Original), Strawberry, Peach, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Mango, Matcha and Taro flavours. Each pack comes with five servings.</p> <p>Adelaide food TikToker Brittany Boyle was the one who shared the clip, saying her experience with the popular beverage was "fantastic".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 279.1666666666667px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841822/screen-shot-2021-06-16-at-110436-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ccca23ab1df4440286575893023960e4" /></p> <p>“PSA for all my bubble tea lovers,” Boyle posted. “Woolworths now sell bubble tea kits.”</p> <p>Speaking to Pedestrian TV, Boyle said the taro and peach flavours were "delicious".</p> <p>“But I’d definitely recommend using milk instead of water for the milky teas and instead of microwaving the pearls soak them in hot water,” she added.</p> <p>“[It] tastes so much better that way.”</p> <p>In a statement, Woolworths Merchandise Manager, Cormac Deery, told news.com.au they “love seeing customers enjoy the new Avalanche Bubble Tea and sharing their excitement online”.</p> <p>“Customers are clearly enjoying the product and flavours available too as there’s been a noticeable spike in demand on the range, particularly over the weekend,” he added.</p> <p>“We have no doubt TikTok has played a large part in the awareness of the range.”</p> <p>The range has hit shelves in all states and territories bar Western Australia. But there's no need for concern, as shoppers can expect to find it within the next 24-48 hours.</p> <p>Boyle’s video was viewed by close to two million people, many of them commenting how excited they were about getting their hands on the product.</p> <p>“Looks like I’m taking a trip to Woolworths in the morning then,” one of the 15,000 people to comment wrote.</p> <p>“I’m so mad that it’s 11.45 pm now and I have to wait till tomorrow to get some,” said another.</p>

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"It ain't weak to speak": MasterChef's Brent Draper opens up about his anxiety

<p>In what has been labelled as "the most pivotal moment in MasterChef history", the heart-wrenching scene where tradie Brent Draper raised his hand and confessed to struggling with his mental health to breaking point has resonated with hundreds of Aussies.</p> <p>Draper's decision to leave the competition and "rest his mind", as judge Jock Zonfrillo put it as he handed over a set of worry beads, was a first for the show, and a watershed moment for mainstream TV.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>, the 31-year-old said it was just the first step in a tough journey he's beyond proud to have embarked on, as he described the darkness he felt when he arrived home.</p> <p>“To be honest I was probably at the worst then,” he said of reuniting with his wife Shon and toddler Alfie.</p> <p>“Because my symptoms were physical, I legitimately thought that I had a liver disease or something. My brain had tricked me into thinking that I was dying,” he said.</p> <p>A conversation with a trusted longtime GP helped him understand anxiety was at the root of his symptoms, a moment which saw "the weight lift" as the realisation that he wasn't drying, and could seek help for his problems, sunk in.</p> <p>Since last night's emotional MasterChef episode and Draper's Instagram video follow-up, the response from fans have been overwhelming with praise for his courage.</p> <p>The humble dad says knowing he's managed to help some people has been heartwarming.</p> <p>“The amount of young males reaching out to me saying this has helped them so much,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve had a lot of wives reach out saying they’d never seen their husband cry before so just to witness that was such a big thing for them. Others said they just cried together during the episode. I’ve had 58-year-old plumbers reaching out saying, ‘I was a mess.’</p> <p>“A lady reached out saying she watched it with her family. All the kids were crying and asking questions and talking about life and mental health. These are kids from ages 10 to 18.</p> <p>“Even my brother, he’s 17 and that’s a tough age … he messaged me saying that he’s proud of me and that’s something I never thought I’d hear come out of his mouth.</p> <p>“I think it’s helped a lot of people,” he said.</p> <p>As for his two-year-old son, Alfie, he hopes to show him the episode one day to teach him the importance of mental health awareness.</p> <p>“This is my responsibility now,” he said.</p> <p>“After going through this I need to make sure Alfie knows we are all emotional human beings, that’s what we run off – emotions.</p> <p>“I want to tell him, if you find that you wake up in the morning and just feel sad – it’s OK. He’s going to see this episode one day and see me break down on it, and I think it’s going to be something that’s really powerful.”</p> <p>As for what he’d pass on to those facing similar struggles of their own, his message is simple: “It ain’t weak to speak.”</p> <p>“There’s nothing weak about going and getting help from a professional,” Draper stressed.</p> <p>“There’s nothing weak about going to your mates and saying, ‘I’m having a really tough time at the moment’, or your wife or your girlfriend or your boyfriend. I just did on national TV.</p> <p>“Nothing bad can come out of it. I’ve gone and dealt with and learnt so much; it’s been nothing but positive since I opened up.</p> <p>“I like that line: If you’re not speaking it you’re storing it and storing it gets heavy. Especially for us males, we need to not just go to the pub and talk about the footy score, but talk about how your week was and what you’re feeling … and then the footy score after that,” he joked.</p>

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Woolworths shopping bag hack goes VIRAL

<p>A Woolworths hack for storing the supermarket's plastic grocery bags has ignited a debate with checkout workers.</p> <p>A Gold Coast mum revealed how she folded bags into convenient "triangles".</p> <p>The folding technique is more space-efficient as it means you can keep several in your bag.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841704/food-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/322d914984ff4df0b190cc03d9dbc63a" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The 20-second video started a debate with check-out workers who said that the hack was "frustrating".</p> <p>“As a cashier, please make sure to unfold them before you get to the checkout because it takes so much time trying to open these,” the Woolies worker wrote.</p> <p>She added: “Sometimes I shake it open aggressively so they’ll know I’m annoyed.”</p> <p>“I would rather give them a bag for free than deal with this,” another worker wrote.</p> <p>A third agreed, saying: “Yes agreed! I’m a cashier too and they’re just so fidgety to unravel and time-consuming.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPzzcWDH5J1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPzzcWDH5J1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by nita 🤎 (@itsnitanita)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The poster who made the video said that she didn't expect it to be that popular.</p> <p>"I was home alone putting away groceries and thought I’d prop up my phone and film a 20sec clip to show how I put my bags away. Didn’t think I’d make the news HAHAHAHAHA lmaooo" she wrote.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Massive Woolies deals on over 220 winter essentials

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ahead of the chilly season, Woolworth has reduced the price of more than 220 popular winter buys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the wide range of discounted food, bakeware and other wintery products available in-store and online, the supermarket has lowered the price of slow-cooking and roasting meats, popular Decor storage containers, and medicinal products for the common cold and flu.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Customers can also save on select bulk items such as rice or coffee beans, or pick up a slow cooker for just $16.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some of the more notable savings include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small Roast Pork Leg Boneless - was $10/kg, now $8.50/kg</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pork Loin Steaks (500g) - was $11, now $10</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grinders Coffee Beans (1kg) - was $27, now $20</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daawat Basmati Rice (5kg) - was $20, now $10</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adesso Slow Cooker - was $20, now $16</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For customers looking for medicinal products to treat a cold or flu, popular discounted products include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Betadine Anaesthetic Sore Throat - was $15, now $10.50</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dimetapp Cold/Flu Liquid Caps (20 pack) - was $13, now $11</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dimetapp Kids Cough Plus Immune (200 mL) - was $19, now $15</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Woolworths director of buying Paul Harker said the supermarket was excited to pass on the savings to its customers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As we head into the colder months, we’re dropping the prices on more than 220 products across our supermarket and online,” Harker said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The prices dropped represent our commitment to giving customers the most value each time they shop with us, and covers a range of winter essentials, making roasts, warm beverages, bakeware, storage, and medicine more affordable.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Customers will also find a great selection of convenient winter warmers for chilly nights, such as Italian Style Chicken Roasting Portions and Woolworths soups.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"That's nasty": Coles shopper's surprise find in salad

<p>A Coles customer was left feeling sick, saying she'll "never" eat a salad again after finding multiple slugs in her Coles Kitchen Caesar Salad Kit.</p> <p>The packet says that the salad is "washed and ready to eat", but found several slugs on the lettuce as she was preparing it.</p> <p>The shopper described the experience as “absolutely disgusting”.</p> <p>“I don’t like healthy food and that’s the only salad I tolerate,” shopper Steph said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/coles-shoppers-horror-after-finding-multiple-slugs-in-ready-to-eat-caesar-salad--c-3003515" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS</em></a>. “But nope, never again.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841636/coles-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2d334d160f2f4d558e6af2eb36686595" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>After Steph shared the incident on Facebook, some suggested it was acceptable to find garden bugs in your lettuce.</p> <p>“You all know vegetables and fruit including lettuce are grown outside and it’s literally what slugs eat and thrive on?” one said.</p> <p>Coles said that the supermarket plans on following up the issue with its supplier after the incident.</p> <p>“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“We have contacted the customer to get more information and will follow up with our supplier to investigate the matter.</p> <p>“As always we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100 per cent happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Mystery solved: Savvy shopper reveals bizarre Woolies roast chook fact

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An odd fact about Woolies roast chickens has been revealed on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">TikTok user Emma said she and her daughter have often been baffled by the loud rooster-like crowing sound they would hear while shopping at her local Woolies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it wasn’t until recently that she realised what the source of the noise actually was.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Am I the only one that just realised this sound means the chickens are ready at Woolies?” Emma asked </span><a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@emmalinak80?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">in a video</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on the platform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Have heard this for months at our local and my seven-year-old and I are always wondering WTF it’s for Lol.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the video, about 20 chickens are roasting in a rotisserie oven.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few moments later, a loud rooster alarm can be heard chiming through the store.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The revelation has become popular among fellow Woolworths shoppers on Facebook.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“OMG, I’ve always wondered what the sound was ha ha,” one said. “Mystery solved.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another commented: “This has really made me laugh. I love this.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Emmalinak80 / TikTok</span></p>

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Is a meat-only diet healthy?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though meat-only diets have been endorsed by celebrities claiming it has cured them of chronic diseases and kept them lean, health researchers find it a bit suspicious.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The diet goes against the Australian dietary guidelines, which recommend a higher consumption of fruit, vegetables, and grain foods, and cutting down on animal products to just a couple of servings a day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But would you be able to get everything you need from an all-meat diet?</span></p> <p><strong>It kind of works on paper</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The carnivore diet takes the same low-carbohydrate approach of paleo, keto and Atkins diets to a new extreme, cutting everything save for animal products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are variations, where some people only eat beef, others eat a wider variety of meat, and whether cheese and butter can be included on the menu is up for debate among followers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, if we just consider whether you can get all the nutrients your body needs from only animal products, is it possible?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, or pretty close to a yes, says Veronique Chachay, a nutrition scientist from the University of Queensland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After testing different versions of a carnivorous diet using dietary composition analysis software, she found that, depending on the specific mix of animal products in the diet, most of the vitamins humans need were accounted for.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“From a purely micronutrient point of view, we can’t say people cannot meet their requirements,” Dr Chachay says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, box ticking on nutrients is only one part of maintaining good health. Fibre is known to play an important role in digestive health, fostering a diverse population of health-promoting bacteria in the gut - and this key food is absent from carnivorous diets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Experts are keen to understand more about the science behind why some people report feeling good while on these diets, even after a long time.</span></p> <p><strong>Looking to the Inuit diet for answers</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many indigenous groups from Northern America have a traditional diet almost entirely consisting of animal products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The traditional diets the Inuit and other Arctic people follow is often used as evidence to support the argument that a carnivorous diet can be healthy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Researchers who surveyed Indigenous communities in Canada found that community members ate more than a kilogram of animal products a day, and between 28 and 160 grams a day of plant foods.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The research showed it is possible to live on an animal-heavy diet, says Clare Collins, a professor of nutrition and dietetics at the University of Newcastle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[The Inuit people] had a really low carbohydrate intake, a really low vegetable intake on their traditional diet, and they ate some stuff that we wouldn’t eat, for example, they ate the organs of a lot of animals, they ate a heck of a lot of seafood, and they ate some of their meat raw, which is actually higher in vitamin C,” she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“With some of the nutrients, because they ate a lot of these foods, they could meet their requirements.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Inuit people don’t have especially long lives. Though the factors that impact life expectancy can be tricky to identify, especially when studying First Nations people during modern times, Professor Collins says diet plays a big role.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Life expectancy is not high and they have very high rates of some cancers. It’s partly attributable to their genetics. And that’s exacerbated by a really high salted, smoked food diet.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also points out that the traditional diets of the longest-lived peoples in the world include a very high vegetable intake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No matter which diet you look at, they all share a common factor: “They’re all less refined foods,” Professor Collins says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And that’s a big thing that people don’t really want to look at.”</span></p> <p><strong>No single answer</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While proponents of the meat-only diet, and all the diets that came before it, say that they are the ideal way to eat, Dr Chachay says there is no one optimal diet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Differences in our genetic makeup mean that personalised diets could be the way of the future, and Dr Chachay hopes it could even be personalised to the makeup of our individual microbiomes.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Incredible cross-country Bunnings sausage sizzle crawl

<p>Josh Eastwell just finished the journey of a lifetime – to eat a snag from every Bunnings Warehouse in the country.</p> <p>The mission has been an arduous one, beginning from Western Australia.</p> <p>Eastwell has earned a legion of fans after kicking off in Albany of Western Australia and travelling all the way to Broome, more than 2,5000 km away.</p> <p>He has managed to document the journey on TikTok and has garnered over 300,000 people in to watch the massive feat.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/COxgUaIDcnE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/COxgUaIDcnE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Josh Eastwell (@josheastwell)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mr Eastwell has been showing himself chowing down on the iconic delicacy at a total of 32 stores after his 36-hour car drive from NSW.</p> <p>He has missed just two stores due to the sausage sizzle not being available.</p> <p>He has stopped in at Bunnings in Albany, Rockingham, Harrisdale, Cockburn Central, O’Connor, Cannington, Subiaco, Busselton, Bunbury, Australind, Mandurah, Armadale, Bibra Lake and Claremont.</p> <p>He has also documented his journey in Innaloo, Malaga, Wangara, Joondalup, Balcatta, Mindarie, Ellenbrook, Bayswater, Midland, Belmont, Northam, Maddington, Willeton, Melville, Baldivis, Halls Head, Geraldton and Broome.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8zZFcchkig/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8zZFcchkig/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Josh Eastwell (@josheastwell)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many people have been shocked by Western Australia’s way of doing things, as sausages were seen being served in bread rolls instead od plain white sliced bread.</p> <p>Eastwell has covered South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, ACT and Western Australia so far.</p>

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The secret of Angostura Bitters

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Produced since the 19th century, Angostura Aromatic Bitters have formed a key ingredient in bartender’s toolkit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Angostura Bitters is also a source of national pride for the tiny twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago where it is now made.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visitors will find its influence everywhere, from drinks to baked goods and traditional dishes. In Trinidadian families, Bitters is added as a flavouring in everything from stews to desserts.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9FrjLsl_xE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9FrjLsl_xE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by House of Angostura (@angosturahouse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As popular as it is, the recipe has been kept secret since its creation by Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, a German army surgeon, in 1824 while stationed in the Venezualan town of Angostura.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Only a few facts are known about it: that Seigert’s recipe, consisting of a suspension of herbs, barks, and spices, has remained unchanged; and that the alcohol base is close to 50 percent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though theories about its ingredients vary and continue to persist, the reality is less exciting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nowadays, a team of chemists produce Angostura Bitters at the House of Angostura in Spain, as well as the firm’s other products, including rum, orange bitters, and cocoa bitters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, the company is tight-lipped about everything from the ingredients to how much Bitters is shipped worldwide.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The small tidbits the House of Angostura has revealed include that it works as a mosquito repellant and that it stains porous surfaces so thoroughly that it has been used to stain wood by a Seattle bar owner.</span></p>

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Shoppers amazed at new Coles self-service machine

<p>Coles shoppers in Western Australia have been indulged with a new style of self-serve checkout that is a conveyor belt style.</p> <p>It was rolled out in a flagship store in Western Australia, with an online fan of the machine calling it "beautiful".</p> <p>‘This will make the self serve checkouts a better experience, not having to ram/cram groceries into tight spots”, a commenter said on social media.</p> <p>A spokesman for Coles said that the retailer wants to make it easier for customers to choose how they check out.</p> <p>“Coles is making it easier for customers to choose how they check out,” a Coles spokesman said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841375/coles.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e487885a81a943e2a940f4c7d65717b8" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>“While we will always have team members available to help customers on our main lane check-outs, for those who prefer self-checkout we are modifying the machines to make them more convenient to use.”</p> <p>“This includes lowering the basket shelf so our smaller trolleys can fit right over the top or introducing belted self-check-outs for people using trolleys,” Coles said in a statement.</p> <p>“Not all self-check-outs will be available in all stores and we are continuing to listen to customer feedback to help us meet their needs.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/business/shoppers-left-in-shock-and-awe-at-new-coles-self-service-machine-c-2911051" target="_blank"><em>PerthNow</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Is purple your favourite colour? This wine is for you

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you prefer your wine to be red, yellow or pink, you’ve never seen wine in this shade before.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Australian winery has created a purple wine, made from a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with an infusion of botanicals.</span></p> <p><a href="https://purplereign.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Purple Reign Wine</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the vineyard behind this unique wine, says they have “harnessed nature’s rarest colour and most powerful visible wave-length to create a popular style of wine embellished with mystery and nobility.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH7Jf2ij2Ck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH7Jf2ij2Ck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The World’s First Purple Wine! (@purplereignwine)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The winery goes on to say the drop “is infused with natural, organic, plant-based botanicals to minimise the use of sulphites.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The move away from using sulphites in wine stems from a theory that avoiding synthetic additives like sulphites could lessen a hangover.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to this theory, natural wines that replace synthetic additives with botanicals have less acetaldehyde, a chemical that your body breaks down after drinking alcohol.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://www.saveur.com/story/drink/truth-about-natural-wine-and-hangovers/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2013 study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by the University of Rome found lower amounts of acetaldehyde in blood meant the liver had less work to do and could process alcohol faster.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Co-developer Ross Stewart told </span><a href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/travel/food-wine/worlds-first-purple-wine-purple-reign-developed-in-wa-and-it-might-lessen-your-hangover-ng-b881858722z"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perth Now</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that one customer claimed the wine didn’t trigger his asthma like other drops.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve had many similar stories from customers over the last two years,” Mr Ross said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We believe using antioxidant rich compounds in winemaking could also translate to a clearer, less foggy head after drinking, compared to other wines.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Ross added, “We’ve also found that when our wines are stored correctly after opening, they stay fresh for longer than other wines, all by using natural means.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for the flavour profile, Purple Reign says the “lush style wine exhibits a hint of grass and a touch of minerals with a perfect balance of natural acidity and freshness complemented by a crisp dry finish.”</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: Purple Reign Wine / Instagram</strong></p>

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Unbelievable deal: ALDI shopper scores lamb roast for under $1

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An ALDI customer has shared how she bought a lamb roast for just 83c and the unexpected reason why.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Posting the story on the </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034012533313136"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI Mums</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Facebook page, Monique said she was excited to pick up the dinner favourite at her local ALDI.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The half leg of lamb was still four weeks out from its ‘best before’ date, so it wasn’t reduced because it was close to expiring.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upon closer inspection, the ALDI label shows that it had been incorrectly weighted at 68g.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seasoned ALDI shoppers estimate that a similar leg would weigh anywhere from 1.5kg to 2kg, with the error pricing it at well under 100g.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was so excited about my bargain find today I knew you mums would appreciate it!” Monique wrote on the page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I paid a whole 83c for this lamb roast today as it was marked and weighed wrong!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Monique said she even checked if the price was right with the checkout worker.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was like so this is marked 83c, does that mean I get it for 83c? He went and spoke to his manager and they were like ‘Yeah we can’t charge you any more for it’.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since it even scanned at 83c, Monique said, “I was like, ‘Yes! Get in my basket!’”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fellow shoppers were amazed by her good luck.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lucky you, enjoy! Just about need a bank loan to buy any cuts of lamb these days!” one said.</span></p>

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This is what happens if you accidentally eat mould

<p><strong>Will eating mould make you sick?</strong></p> <p>You’re enjoying your breakfast when you notice that your banana muffin seems to have grown a patch of fuzzy green dots. You have already taken a bite or two. Now, you wonder, what happens if you eat mould?</p> <p>First, don’t panic. Most healthy people can accidentally eat some mould here and there and feel totally fine. A lot depends on the type of food (after all, some foods, like gorgonzola, and other blue cheeses are made with mould cultures) and on your underlying health status, like your immune system. Here’s a brief explanation of mouldy foods you can eat – and which ones to avoid.</p> <p><strong>What are moulds?</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Moulds are microscopic fungi that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food and building materials, such as insulation. All moulds need water or moisture to grow. Wherever there is moisture and oxygen, mould can grow.</p> <p>There are many species of fungi, with some estimates suggesting 300,000 or more, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is why the mould that pops up on your breakfast muffin may look different than the furry layer that grows on your luncheon meats, explains gastroenterologist Elena Ivanina. Unlike bacteria, moulds grow in structures that contain many cells, and you don’t need a microscope to see them. In general, moulds consist of root threads that run deep into food, a stalk that rises above the food, and spores at the end of the stalks. Spores give mould its variety of colours and also help transport it from item to item.</p> <p>“If you pick up a dandelion and blow on it, the seeds disperse in the air, and that’s how mould spores travel from place to place, contaminate products and cause spoilage,” says Robert Gravani, professor and director of the National Good Agricultural Practices Program.</p> <p>“Moulds are nature’s decomposers. If you have a piece of fruit with mould, eventually that fruit will be decomposed,” says Gravani. “Moulds are very efficient in what they do.” In fact, some can be very beneficial. The life-saving antibiotic penicillin is made from Penicillium mould, Dr Ivanina notes.</p> <p>Mould thrives in warm, humid environments, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also form and grow in your refrigerator. Moulds are pretty smart, too, and tolerate preservatives such as salt and sugar better than most other food invaders. “They are pretty hearty critters,” Gravani says.</p> <p><strong>Allergic reactions to mould</strong></p> <p>Some people are allergic to mould, says Dr Ivanina. This is usually mould in the environment as opposed to food, but for these people, exposure to mould can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or headaches. If your doctor suspects a mould allergy is to blame, you will likely be referred for testing, she says.</p> <p>Hidden patches of mould can lurk in all different areas of your home and may make you sick.</p> <p>“If you have an underlying health condition that affects your immune system, exposure to mould can be dangerous,” Dr Ivanina says. “You may have a much worse reaction to eating mould than someone else because you don’t have a healthy immune system to fight that reaction.”</p> <p><strong>Some moulds produce poisonous substances</strong></p> <p>A few moulds produce mycotoxins, or poisonous substances that can make you very sick. For example, moulds produced by the <em>Aspergillus</em> species can cause aflatoxicosis, a life-threatening form of acute poisoning with the potential to cause liver damage.</p> <p>This type of mould tends to lurk in cereals: oil seeds such as soybean, peanut, sunflower, and cotton seeds; spices; and tree nuts. These mycotoxins have been linked to cancer in animals and can cause liver cancer in humans. “Some are highly toxic, which can get you really sick or cause cancer,” says Gravani.</p> <p><strong>How to handle mouldy foods</strong></p> <p>When it comes to food, it can be tempting to cut away mould and eat it anyway, given the high price tags of certain products, but it’s usually not worth it, Gravani says.</p> <p>Besides the risk of illness, mouldy food doesn’t taste great, he says. Most moulds on soft foods will taste like soil or dust. If it looks like mould, it likely is mould, so don’t smell it, as according to the USDA, sniffing it can cause respiratory issues.</p> <p>When in doubt, throw it out, Dr Ivanina says. This is a good motto for mouldy foods, but there are some more specific guidelines to keep in mind too.</p> <p><strong>Cheese</strong></p> <p>There are different rules for cheese depending on its texture.</p> <p><strong>Hard cheese</strong></p> <p><span>Hard cheeses (not to be mistaken with those that have mould as part of the process) can be consumed if you cut off at least 2cm around and below the mould. Make sure to keep the knife away from the mould to avoid spreading it. Still, Gravani adds, “If the hard cheese is heavily encrusted with mould, I would probably discard it.”</span></p> <p><strong>Soft cheese</strong></p> <p>If you see mould on soft cheese such as cottage, cream cheese or all types of crumbled, shredded and sliced cheeses, throw it out. These may be contaminated below the surface and can also have bacteria growing along with the mould.</p> <p>Some cheeses are made with mould including Roquefort, blue, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Brie, and Camembert. If they contain moulds that are not a part of the manufacturing process, these cheeses can be dangerous.</p> <p><strong>Fruit and vegetables</strong></p> <p><span>Like cheese, there are different rules for fruits and vegetables based on the texture.</span></p> <p><strong>Soft produce</strong></p> <p>Discard soft fruit and veggies like cucumbers, peaches and tomatoes if you spy any mould. Many of these may also be contaminated under the surface, says Dr Ivanina.</p> <p>What you see isn’t all that you get with moulds. “Root” threads from the mould tend to run deep, especially in foods that show heavy mould growth.</p> <p><strong>Firm produce</strong></p> <p><span>You can keep these if you cut out all the mould. This is due to the low moisture content as seen with firm fruit and veggies like cabbage, capsicums and carrots. With these types of foods, mould can’t penetrate them easily.</span></p> <p><strong>Meat</strong></p> <p><span>The rule of thumb for mouldy luncheon meat, bacon and hot dogs is to discard as they may be contaminated under the surface and also harbour bacteria, Dr Ivanina says.</span></p> <p><strong>Hard salami and dry-cured country hams</strong></p> <p><span>You can keep these meats if you scrub off all of the surface mould. The USDA points out that it is normal for these shelf-stable products to grow surface mould.</span></p> <p><strong>Cooked casseroles and leftover meat</strong></p> <p><span>Get rid of these if you see mould as there is a good chance it runs deep and it may travel with bacteria. It’s also a smart idea to use or get rid of leftovers within three or four days.</span></p> <p><strong>In the fridge</strong></p> <p><strong>Cooked grains and pasta</strong></p> <p><span>Like other leftovers, if you see mould on cooked grains or pasta, toss it. There is likely mould under the surface too and there’s also a risk of bacteria.</span></p> <p><strong>Yoghurt and sour cream</strong></p> <p><span>If you see mould, get rid of yogurt and sour cream immediately. Mould is likely growing beneath the surface too, and there’s a good chance that the mould is travelling with bacteria.</span></p> <p><strong>Jam</strong></p> <p><span>These should be thrown away if you see any mould. These foods could be producing a mycotoxin if they develop mould, which is why microbiologists warn never to scoop out the mould and use the remains.</span></p> <p><strong>In the pantry</strong></p> <p><strong>Bread and baked goods</strong></p> <p><span>Get rid of mouldy bread and baked goods, says Dr Ivanina. “Mould can spread really fast on soft things like bread and muffins.”</span></p> <p><strong>Peanut butter, legumes and nuts</strong></p> <p><span>Discard these because foods processed without preservatives are at high risk for mould.</span></p> <p><strong>How to avoid eating mould</strong></p> <p>Preventing mould from forming can go a long way towards preserving your food supply and eliminating waste. This starts by storing fruits and vegetables in individual containers or plastic bags in your crisper.</p> <p>Keep food covered when serving to prevent exposure to mould spores in the air, and cover foods you want to stay moist with a lid or bees’ wax wrap to keep mould away.</p> <p>Don’t forget to always empty open cans of perishable foods into clean containers and refrigerate them right away. And never leave any perishables out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.</p> <p>Clean out your refrigerator and often, Gravani says. Also, as a rule of thumb: Toss out the food as soon as you spot mould or it will travel and invade the rest of your food.</p> <p><em><span>Written by Denise Mann, MS</span><span>. This article first appeared in </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/kitchen-tips/this-is-what-happens-if-you-accidentally-eat-mould" target="_blank"><span>Reader’s Digest</span></a><span>.</span><span> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </span><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><span>here’s our best subscription offer.</span></a></em></p>

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"Actually clever": Shoppers amused by Coles Mother's Day cake

<p>A Coles cake decorated in a unique style for Mother's Day has attracted hilarious feedback from shoppers after a video was uploaded to TikTok.</p> <p>People couldn't contain their amusement after a Coles customer shared footage of the one-of-a-kind dessert to the social media site on Saturday.</p> <p>The $4 "traditional cream" iced sponge cake was viewed by 211,000 people for one key reason.</p> <p>The "Happy Mum's Day" message written in pink icing was not only off-centre, but was written so messily that it was barely readable.</p> <p>While it didn't look the best, it won the users of TikTok for its character.</p> <p>Over 200 people commented on the video, some suggesting Coles had the cake decorated in a messy style purposely so kids could tell their mum they made it themselves.</p> <p>"Pretty sure it’s so kids can say they made it," one person wrote in a comment.</p> <p>"This is actually really clever because no one will believe that’s professionally made," another said.</p> <p>A third person praised the supermarket for "the authenticity" of the cake, assuming it was purposely decorated to seem like a child had made it.</p> <p>Other shoppers said they had also spotted the Mother's Day cakes in their local store.</p> <p>"I saw ones like this and all the hearts were so bad," one person wrote.</p> <p>"Oh my god I saw some like that in Coles in Wagga but in white icing," someone else said.</p> <p>"Appreciate the attention to detail and authenticity of Coles," another wrote.</p> <p>Some believe the employee behind the cake was tired after a long night, while others thought it could have been the result of a "take your kid to work day".</p> <p>"Somebody had a late night," one wrote.</p> <p>Someone else suggested it could have been the employee's first day on the job.</p> <p>Yahoo News Australia has contacted Coles for comment.</p>

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10 cooking tricks that are only taught in culinary schools

<p><strong>How to get the perfect steak</strong></p> <p><span>If you’re one of the many people who takes a piece of meat out of the refrigerator or freezer and throws it directly on the barbecue, it’s time to learn the error of your ways. For the best-tasting steak, you’re much better off taking it out of the cold and letting it sit for an hour or two before bringing the heat. If you start cooking the steak when it’s already at room temperature, it will cook much more evenly. Yes, it’ll take longer, but the difference is worth it!</span></p> <p><strong>How to get delicious juicy meat</strong></p> <p><span>How are restaurant chefs able to get their chicken and pork chops to have that perfect delicious amount of juiciness? The answer is (fairly) simple: they brine it. Nope, brining’s not just for turkeys! Soaking the meat in cold salt water infuses it with rich flavour and a juicy texture even before you cook it. Brining also helps keep your chicken or pork from drying out and provides a safeguard against overcooking.</span></p> <p><strong>Don't be scared of salt</strong></p> <p>C<span>ulinary students learn pretty quickly not to be stingy with the salt. “For the first several months of school, I kept getting docked for serving under-seasoned food,” Culinary Institute of America graduate Jesse Szewczyk told BuzzFeed. If your food tastes bland, there’s a good chance it just needs more salt. If you’re hesitant to ramp up your salt addition, use this trick to avoid over-salting: garnish your creation with salt continuously as you cook, rather than salting it heavily at the beginning and/or the end. Sprinkle the salt from up high so that it will be evenly distributed throughout your dish.</span></p> <p><strong>Sugar makes a great seasoning</strong></p> <p><span>It’s not just for baked goods anymore. If you add a pinch (or three) of sugar to a recipe that uses tomatoes, you’ll notice a delicious difference. The sugar counteracts the natural sour taste of the tomatoes to create a rich, pleasant flavour. Szewczyk even noticed that adding a bit of sugar to a dish he was making with slightly out-of-season tomatoes made it “taste like it was made with perfectly ripe ones.”</span></p> <p><strong>How to produce a perfectly-shaped burger patty</strong></p> <p><span>This super-simple tip will help you step up your hamburger game – and it takes less than ten seconds. First, toss the patty down hard on your cutting board to force out the air bubbles. Then, press an indent into the center of the patty. These two simple actions prevent the patty from puffing up in the middle and create a nice, even burger. They also keep the burger from bubbling while you cook it.</span></p> <p><strong>How to prepare a clear broth</strong></p> <p><span>The trick to making the clearest – and tastiest – chicken broth involves lots of chicken and lots of patience. Take your chicken meat – and bones, if you’re using them – and cook them in a small amount of water (just enough to cover them) for at least three hours. Cook on a low heat, and make sure to skim off any suds that float to the top. This will make the stock clearer and tastier. Don’t add your vegetables right away, wait to add them after about an hour and a half to two hours. For the clearest broth possible, strain the liquid through cheesecloth.</span></p> <p><strong>A little olive oil goes a long way</strong></p> <p><span>What do pasta dishes, pizzas, fish dishes and meat dishes all have in common? Well, aside from being super delicious, they can all be enhanced with a dollop of olive oil. Many professional chefs, including culinary instructor Sydney Willcox, top off nearly all of their dishes with a sprinkling of this liquid gold. Make sure you’re using a good quality extra virgin olive oil, which will add a flavourful kick and “make for a silky finish,” Willcox promised StyleCaster.</span></p> <p><strong>How to cook a perfectly crusted fish</strong></p> <p><span>One word: heat. You can’t produce a perfectly seared piece of fish without a piping hot pan. “If you are looking for a sear, you need to bring on high levels of heat,” says Willcox. Willcox also warns against overcrowding the pan while searing; that could seriously diminish the heat and prevent your fish from developing that succulent brown crust. Keeping the pan nice and hot also prevents bits of the fish from sticking to the pan when you flip it over; when cold, the proteins in the fish are more likely to adhere to the metal.</span></p> <p><strong>The only reason to use non-stick pans</strong></p> <p><span>They sound good in theory, but non-stick pans really aren’t going to produce the best dishes. If you’re cooking anything that you want to develop some kind of crust – think meat or fish – avoid using your non-stick pan. “It’s a different kind of heat, with non-stick pans,” chef Amanda Cohen told BuzzFeed. “It’s not quite as hot, it doesn’t get things as crispy since it’s really protecting things from the heat underneath.” The non-stick coating acts as a barrier between the heat and your food, which can prevent it from developing that rich, crispy texture. Don’t toss your non-stick pan altogether, though – it’s still great for eggs, pancakes and French toast.</span></p> <p><strong>How to cook the tastiest pasta</strong></p> <p><span>Want restaurant-quality, flavourful pasta no matter what sauce you’re tossing it in? Before your pasta is fully cooked, transfer it into the sauce for the last few minutes of cooking. Doing this will help the pasta absorb the flavour and help the sauce cling to them better. If the sauce comes out too thick, add a little bit of the leftover pasta water until it reaches the texture you want.</span></p> <p><em>Written by <span>Meghan Jones</span>. This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/kitchen-tips/10-cooking-tricks-that-are-only-taught-in-culinary-schools" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. 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This new pasta is whacky but sustainable

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The way we make our pasta is being challenged, with researchers developing a style inspired by flat-packed furniture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a flat kind of pasta that becomes a more conventional shape as it cooks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This approach could make pasta production more sustainable, with potential savings on packaging, transportation and energy costs, while tasting like the food we all know and love.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By taking advantage of the expanding and softening that occurs when pasta is boiled, the scientists were able to create flat pasta that turns into rigatoni-like tubes, fusilli-like spirals, and long noodles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ye Tao, one of the researchers involved in the project, tested the flat-pack pasta on a hiking trip and found it didn’t break en route and could be cooked on a portable stove while camping.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The morphed pasta mimicked the mouthfeel, taste and appearance of traditional pasta,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since traditional pasta can be difficult to package and take up a lot of space, the researchers hope their pasta can become a more sustainable option.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were inspired by flat-packed furniture and how it saved space, made storage easier and reduced the carbon footprint associated with transportation,” said Lining Yao, director of the Morphing Matter Lab at CMU’s School of Computer Science.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We decided to look at how the morphing matter technology we were developing in the lab could create flat-packed pasta that offered similar sustainability outcomes.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers also applied their pasta-making technique, published in the journal </span><a href="https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/19/eabf4098"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Science Advances</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, to swelling silicon sheets and believe it could be useful in the world of robotics and biomedicine.</span></p>

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