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Smart Eating 
Winter news
Winter has well and truly arrived, and what better way to celebrate than by dusting off the slow cooker and getting stuck into some warming Winter cooking!  This edition of the Smart Easting for You (SEFY) newsletter will report the latest on research into the cost of healthy eating, and showcase our top tips for staying well this Winter.
Stay well this Winter with nourishing meals
Winter has finally arrived, and after a bumper cold and flu season last year, the time has come to boost your immune system by tapping into nutritious comfort foods!  While healthy eating may not ward off germs entirely, making nutritious meals a priority in the colder months can reduce the likelihood and severity of colds.
Check out our top tips for keeping well as the weather cools down.
See online article
New research: not getting enough sleep linked with poor diet and obesity
We all know how valuable a good night’s sleep is, particularly on these frosty winter mornings.  But new research from Monash University has found that the amount and quality of sleep women have is linked with the foods they eat, and their risk of weight gain.
See online article.
What’s in season?
It is bittersweet to wave good bye to the bounty of Autumn’s best figs, persimmons, and pumpkins, but with Winter comes exciting array of seasonal produce.  Here is your guide to Winter’s best fruit and veg:

Fruit: Bananas, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, kiwifruit, oranges, tangelo, pear, rhubarb.

Vegetables: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, fennel, mushrooms, potatoes, silverbeet, spinach, sweet potato, pumpkin, turnips, Asian greens, avocado and parsnip.
Research Snippets 
A healthy diet is cheaper than ‘junk’ foods, but healthy foods still too expensive for some
Research published in BMC Public Health has found eating according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines is cheaper than choosing mainly discretionary foods.  Researchers used the Australian Health Survey, and Dietary Guidelines to model current and healthy diets for a family of two adults and two children per fortnight.   In both high and low-socioeconomic areas, families spend around 18% more on current diets than the cost of a ‘healthy’ diet in line with the guidelines.  But researchers also concluded a healthy diet costs 20-31% of the disposable income of low-income households, highlighting the difficulty of healthy eating for vulnerable populations.
 
See the study here

One in six Australians avoiding dairy without a medical diagnosis
A study undertaken by CSIRO and University of Adelaide has found a worrying number of Australians are choosing to avoid milk and dairy foods, in the absence of a diagnosed allergy or intolerance.  1184 Australians were surveyed, with 11.8% of the sample reporting avoidance of dairy.  Around three quarters of dairy avoiders cited gastrointestinal symptoms as their main motive for their choice, along with the influence of the media, friends, and alternative practitioners.  

See the study abstract here
Smart Eating for You
Nutrition A-Z – Boost your protein and fibre intake by adding a can of legumes to your next soup, casserole, or pasta sauce.  Nutritious, delicious, and budget friendly.  Try: chickpeas, lentils, kidneys beans or cannellini beans.  Find out more in DAA’s Nutrition A-Z on Legumes.
Smart Eating Recipe - Heat up this Winter with this hearty Lentil Bolognaise
Want to see more great Smart Eating recipes – Check out DAA’s Pinterest Board

DAA’s Smart Eating is proudly supported by our Program Partner Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine.

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