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A study by The University of Western Australia of foods labelled "gluten-free" — published this week in the Medical Journal of Australia — has found that some produced overseas do not comply with the Australian standard that requires GF-labelled foods to contain "no detectable gluten".

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What should you cut out of your diet to be more healthy? Everything. According to the most popular diet books on the market, there's barely a food on Earth that's safe to eat. But what is the actual benefit of these diets? Here's what science has to say.

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Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of ancient stone tools at a dig near Azraq, Jordan, some of which still contain traces of animal residue. A number of food items on this bona fide paleolithic menu will be familiar to the modern eater, while others, well, not so much.

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An analysis by Tufts University researchers has failed to find a link between butter consumption and cardiovascular disease. And hallelujah to that — the ongoing hysteria against butter can now finally come to an end.

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A critical discovery about how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables could hold the key to explaining how 'good' bacteria protect our gut and promote health. The finding suggests that leafy greens are essential for feeding good gut bacteria, limiting the ability of bad bacteria to colonise the gut by shutting them out of the prime 'real estate'.

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Chromium is most frequently used in supplement form for weight management, body building and type 2 diabetes. Now UNSW and University of Sydney research has revealed that chromium is partially converted into a carcinogenic form when it enters cells, prompting concerns about commonly taken dosages.

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When Oklahoma declared a 'war on obesity', it planned to change the city's infrastructure and encourage healthy living at a huge scale. So far it's population has lost "a million pounds of fat" — but is that enough to defeat obesity?

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By now, in 2015, with gluten excommunicated from diets, paleo celebrated and superfood vegetables being discovered left and right, we all generally know what kind of food is good for you and what kind of food is bad for you. But do most of us really know what a calorie is other than a big number being worse than a little number? Probably not! Here's a video from Ted Ed breaking down the unit of measurement that runs so many lives.

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People are putting butter in their coffee. And, hey, if you're just craving a new flavour experience, more power to you. The problem is that Bulletproof Coffee, the company behind the trend, is claiming that drinking a mug of fatty joe every morning instead of eating breakfast is a secret shortcut to weight loss and mental superpowers, and now the butter coffee has developed a cult of highly caffeinated, shiny-lipped adherents. So now we have to talk about it.

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The bacteria living in our guts play in an active role is feeding us, whether it's breaking down nutrients our own stomachs can't handle, or synthesising vitamins. Here's one more intriguing piece of the puzzle: a molecule excreted by the bacteria digesting fibre makes us feel more full.

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Oh gluten, the least trendy protein of our time. As gluten-free has transcended science and exploded into diet fad, scientists increasingly suspect that gluten intolerance — apart from actual celiac disease — doesn't exist at all. The true culprit could be a group of carbohydrates, including one in wheat called fructan.

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If you have coeliac, this obviously doesn't apply to you. Don't eat gluten. But if you don't have coeliac — and that's 99% of the human population, mind you — there's no reason to be gluten free. You're wasting your time. Even the Australian scientist who started this gluten-free craze now thinks it's possibly all placebo.

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These days, just casually strolling down a grocery aisle, one can find a multitude of gluten-free products. From gluten-free whole grain bread to gluten-free beer to gluten-free Betty Crocker chocolate brownie mix, the market for food items without gluten has exploded over the past decade. But is gluten all that bad for you? Should a normal person avoid gluten in their diet ? What's the deal with the gluten?

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It's the end of January, and that means New Year's resolutions swearing off chocolate and fries and all the other delicious fatty foods are just starting to bend. Who can blame you, really? Here's a rundown on the science of fat, and why it's so hard to resist.

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Listen to me now and believe me later, 2013 was no year to just sit around eating buffalo-wing-flavored-pretzels-flavored-biscuits. Or maybe it was. But it was also the year we got down to the nitty gritty of of health and fitness. From bionic knees to six-pack science, here are our favourite Fitmodos of 2013.