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Why am I told to avoid so many foods in pregnancy?

Sometimes it can feel like the list of foods to avoid in pregnancy is longer that what you are allowed to eat. Due to changes in a woman’s immune system during pregnancy, you are more susceptible to food poisoning. This is from the usual culprits – Salmonella, E.coli and Campylobacter – but also one you hear a lot about in pregnancy, Listeria.

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Fad or fiction? Become your own diet detective

A fad diet is any program lacking scientific basis. These diets tend to be short-lived, nutritionally inadequate and can actually cause you to gain more weight over time. In this article, we give you the inside knowledge on how to be your own diet detective and weed out the good diets from the fads.

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Shaking it up: the story behind salt

In the ever dieting world, salt is an often overlooked nutrient.

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Is all sugar bad?

Sugar has become public enemy #1 in Australia. In our effort to consume less saturated fat we’ve often turned to low fat foods that can actually be loaded with sugar.

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Going against the grain – What are you missing out on if you go grain-free in pregnancy?

Grain foods have received a lot of unfavourable attention recently.  Many popular diets label them ‘high carb’ or ‘unhealthy’ and promote removing them from our diet. However, there is very little evidence that going grain-free will be anything but troublesome. In fact, it may even be detrimental to our health. Read on to find out why grains are important, particularly when we are pregnant.

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