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Not All Fats Are Made Equal

October 2nd, 2015

LDL cholesterol is considered "bad", with this form of cholesterol contributing to plague, clogging arteries, and increasing the chance of heart attack or stroke. HDL is the "good" cholesterol, with this substance essential for removing LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. In contrast to LDL, high levels of HDL cholesterol have actually been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. The healthy consumption of fat is all about regulating LDL and HDL levels in order to experience the benefits of fat without the associated problems.

Trans fats are the worst type of dietary fat, with this substance made from a by-product of a process known as hydrogenation that turns healthy oils into solids. Trans fats increase the amount of harmful LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream and reduce the amount of beneficial HDL cholesterol, with these fats having no known health benefits and no safe level of consumption. Trans fats are found in fried foods, baked products, margarines, ice cream, and a range of other processed food products.

Monounsaturated fats are generally believed to be good, with these fats found naturally in many food produc [...]

Water on Mars – What’s Next?

September 25th, 2015

Now that water has been found on Mars, people are wondering what's next. While evidence of flowing water is not the same thing as finding life, the existence of extreme life forms on the red planet now seems a little closer to reality. The salty water on Mars may be capable of sustaining chemical reactions and supporting extreme forms of microbial life under the right conditions. The odds of finding life are small, however, with the type of salts found near the Martian streaks - perchlor [...]

Housing Affordability Improves

September 17th, 2015

According to the latest Housing Affordability Report by the Adelaide Bank and Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), housing affordability has improved during the June quarter. While discrepancies exist between Australian states and first home buyers are still struggling to get into the market, a rise in average family income and a drop in interest rates has helped to improve […]

Building Industry Expands

September 11th, 2015

The Australian building industry has expanded for the first time in ten months, with strong growth seen in residential construction and increasing demand for industrial assets. While a drop in mining-related investment continued to adversely affect the engineering construction sector, growth in apartment building, house building, and commercial construction were more than enough to make up the difference. With big […]

How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaners?

September 4th, 2015

Everyone likes the satisfaction they get from a freshly cleaned kitchen or a sparkling bathroom floor, but sometimes, cleaning the house can do you more harm than good. Toxic substances are common in cleaning products, including ingredients that have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, and neurotoxicity. While exposure to many of these substances is said to […]

Making Stress Work for You

August 28th, 2015

Stress is an everyday part of life, whether it’s due to financial pressures, long work hours, or interpersonal problems. While most people suffer under stress, letting it annoy them and beat them down, others see it as an exciting opportunity for growth. By learning how to manage and work with your stress, you can be more productive and less anxious […]

People Who Need Less Sleep

August 21st, 2015

Sleep is an essential element of life, with our downtime hours helping us to refresh, energise, and function more effectively during the day. While most of us need seven or eight solid hours of sleep every night just to feel normal, some people manage to get by on much less. Anyone who sleeps for less than five hours a night […]

Will the Aussie Dollar Keep Rising?

May 18th, 2015

After dropping into low US75c territory for the first time in six years, the Aussie dollar has had somewhat of a resurgence in recent weeks. The local currency reached a four-month high of US81.63c in recent days, and is now sitting just above US80c as it decides which way to turn next. Will the dollar continue to rise against the […]

Gardening During the Colder Months

May 18th, 2015

Gardening during winter can be challenging, with many plants – and gardeners – struggling with frosty mornings and cold overnight temperatures. The colder months can be an incredibly productive time, however, with lots of plants still active and plenty of preparation work to do before the warm weather kicks in. From vegetable and herb gardens through to flowering plants and […]

Australia's Most Affordable Suburbs

May 18th, 2015

Affordable property does exist in Australia’s capital cities, you just have to know where to look. While house prices continue to rise across the country and first home buyers are under more pressure than ever, there are affordable options available in every Australian state. CoreLogic RP Data recently analysed property prices around the country in April to reveal the cheapest […]

Links Found Between Fat Tissue and Brain Function

May 7th, 2015

The fat in our bodies has a direct influence on the energy levels in our brain, with fat tissue found to communicate directly with the hypothalamus as the brain responds to food scarcity. New research published in the journal Cell Metabolism from the Washington University School of Medicine suggests there is an optimal amount of body fat, helping to explain […]