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Mortgage debt

Australian households have experienced a spike in debt over the last two decades.

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?

Kids' bank accounts review

Changes to tax rules mean little savers can be hit with a big tax bill.

15 May 2012 | We review ten savings accounts designed for children and teenagers, including products offered by ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Thousands to farewell the big four banks

On World Consumer Rights Day, we're calling on all Australians to join the global Move Your Money campaign.

15 Mar 2012 | We're marking World Consumer Rights Day by delivering a giant farewell card to the big four banks on behalf of thousands of Australians.

Move your money

Help shift the balance of power in banking back towards consumers.

14 Mar 2012 | Sign the Move Your Money petition and deliver a message to the ‘big four’ bank CEOs that enough is enough.

Credit card travel insurance reviews

Can you trust the complimentary travel insurance that comes with your credit card? We decipher the small print.

13 Dec 2011 | Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

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Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

10 Sep 2013 | CHOICE provides a realistic look at home theatre in a box.

Wireless speakers reviews  

Wireless speakers let you play music while keeping your smartphone or music player close to hand.

17 Apr 2013 | We review 16 wireless speakers, priced from $199 to $799, including models from Sony, Bose Pioneer, Sonos and Logitech.

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Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Wax recall

Recall issued on Nad's products sold at Woolworths between July 20 and August 5

11 Aug 2011 | A batch of Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Wax has the potential to cause sparking or a fire when the jar is heated in a microwave.

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Nanny agencies

It’s an unregulated industry and they’re dealing with your children, so it pays to do your research.

4 Jul 2008 | Finding a nanny can be time-consuming, stressful and hard work. A good nanny agency can make the process faster and easier, and provide peace of mind.

Childcare survey

Available, affordable, high-quality care is still out of reach for many families.

31 Oct 2006 | To find out Australians' experiences of the childcare system, CHOICE sent a survey to people with children six years or younger and who have used or looked for childcare.

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Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Home theatre projectors

The best home theatre projectors can produce some very impressive images.

19 Mar 2013 | We've tested 10 home theatre projectors, ranging in price from $1799 to $3999, to reveal which have the best picture quality and are easiest to use.

Environmental groups call for action against allegedly misleading nano labelling

Friends of the Earth claims that two suppliers of sunscreen ingredients misled leading brands.

27 Jul 2012 | Environmental groups call for action against allegedly misleading nanoparticle labelling on suncreen products.

Sunscreen and nanoparticles

Could your sunscreen be doing you more harm than good?

26 Jul 2012 | The jury is still out on the risks associated with nano ingredients in sunscreens and cosmetics.

Bad chemistry campaign

You don’t need a doctorate in chemistry to see there’s something wrong with regulation of chemicals in Australia.

11 Jan 2010 | CHOICE is campaigning to ensure effective products reach the market while protecting our health, safety and our environment.

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4 Jan 2010 | CHOICE submission to the NETS discussion paper.

Mineral foundations not so natural

Mineral foundations not as miraculous as marketers would have you believe.

30 Sep 2009 | Mineral foundation is marketed as a more natural alternative to other foundations and usually contains finely crushed, naturally occurring minerals. But our investigation found it's not as natural as you'd think.

Nanotechnology and food

No longer in the realm of science fiction, nanofoods are on their way to a supermarket near you.

23 Feb 2009 | CHOICE wants nanofoods better regulated to ensure they are both safe and properly labelled.

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is already here, yet most of us know nothing about it.

22 Jun 2007 | Nanotechnology is heralded as making products and processes smaller, smarter, cleaner and safer, but could also spell trouble for our health and the environment.

Cosmetics safe and cruelty free

What's the progress on cruelty free cosmetics?

4 May 2007 | How can consumers work out what has been tested on animals and what hasn’t? And what are the alternatives to animal testing?

Sun safety

Some exposure to sunlight is essential for your health, but too much can be dangerous.

10 Oct 2005 | Summer is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the warm days, but it's also the season when the sun's rays are harshest on your skin.

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Change table reviews

Forty-four change tables tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Boori, Ikea, Childcare and more.

27 Mar 2014 | Our test results reveal which change tables are stable, strong and, most importantly, safe.

Modern cloth nappies

Cloth nappies have come a long way since the terry squares of yesteryear but disposables still reign the shopping cart.

1 Dec 2012 | We surveyed hundreds of online parents to find out their experiences with different types of nappies.

Disposable nappies review and compare

Our trialists put 14 disposable nappy brands and five different types of cloth nappies to the test.

16 Mar 2010 | A typical baby goes through about 6000 nappies. The total cost can vary between about $1700 and $4650, so it pays to find the smartest buys.

Nappies and toilet training

Babies will need nappies until some time into their second or third year.

2 Sep 2009 | This makes choosing and using nappies a major part of their life, and yours. Our guide covers the types of nappies available as well as associated products such as change tables and baths.

Disposable nappies review and compare

Our readers and their babies give us the verdict on which nappies rate the best.

24 Feb 2007 | Almost 100 volunteers and their babies trialled disposable nappies, each rating 10 'daytime' nappies from seven different brands.

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What's best - cloth or disposable? We'll tell you about the environment effects and other issues.

22 Jul 2003 | Most babies don't get to the toilet training stage until their second or third year. This makes nappies a major part of their life, and yours.

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More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Mortgage debt

Australian households have experienced a spike in debt over the last two decades.

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?

Thousands to farewell the big four banks

On World Consumer Rights Day, we're calling on all Australians to join the global Move Your Money campaign.

15 Mar 2012 | We're marking World Consumer Rights Day by delivering a giant farewell card to the big four banks on behalf of thousands of Australians.

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Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier could help.

12 Jul 2013 | We review 15 dehumidifiers, including a dessicant model, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $188 to $880.

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Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

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Diet clinic shadow shop

We investigate diet programs and uncover confusing advice as well as aggressive sales tactics.

6 Mar 2012 | We put diet programs from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Cohen's Lifestyle Clinic, and Weight Control Doctor under the microscope.

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Car GPS reviews  

Car GPS devices have never been more affordable, come with more features or had better smartphone integration.

21 Nov 2013 | We've tested 18 of the latest car GPS units, priced from $99 to $349, including models from Garmin, Navman and TomTom.

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you rely on to direct you from point A to point B?

26 Mar 2013 | We've tested 17 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Aldi GoCruise 1602 first look

For its price, this car GPS unit from Aldi is a winner.

5 Dec 2011 | Despite its low price, the Go Cruise includes all the features and functions you’d expect to see on a modern car GPS.

Bicycle GPS first look

CHOICE takes a look at two GPS Bike offerings

1 Nov 2011 | We put two GPS devices designed for bicycles through their paces to see what's on offer at the expensive and inexpensive ends of the market.

Car navigation systems buying guide  

What to look for in a car GPS.

23 Nov 2006 | Use our guide to know what features you need in a car GPS to suit your driving needs.

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Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

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Ovens review  

We've put 66 electric ovens through their paces in our test kitchen including models from Miele, Westinghouse and Electrolux.

13 Mar 2014 | Find out which ovens we recommend and how they stack up when it comes to cooking performance and ease of use.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

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Mortgage debt

Australian households have experienced a spike in debt over the last two decades.

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?

Negative gearing

An easy way to profit from residential property or a fashionable way to lose money?

7 Jan 2006 | Negative gearing is being promoted as a way small investors can make money from the property market, but are these claims are too good to be true?

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Backup software reviews

Backing up your important digital information is essential.

18 May 2012 | We test 18 backup software packages that promise to keep your data safe.

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Home espresso coffee machine reviews  

With so many designs, features and technologies on offer, which espresso machines will deliver the perfect cup of coffee at home?

13 Dec 2013 | We have test results for 35 coffee machines, a mix of semi-automatic, manual and capsule machines priced from $70 to $2499.

Coffee capsules

With demand for these convenient capsules on the rise, we put Nespresso and its competitors to the test.

18 Apr 2013 | If instant coffee isn't quite to your taste, capsules or pods may be an attractive middle ground. We sample what's on the market.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

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Breakfast cereal reviews  

Which cereals make the nutritional grade?

4 Oct 2012 | We look beyond the names and claims to uncover the breakfast cereals that provide the most nutritious start to your day.

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Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Netbooks and small laptop reviews

We test 10 go-anywhere laptops that won't weigh you down.

28 Feb 2011 | It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a compact device you can carry everywhere, but with all the features you need at a reasonable price.

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Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

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Netgear Push2TV first look

This media streaming device allows you to put small pictures on the big screen.

20 Oct 2011 | Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

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Internet smartcams review

We test 20 internet-enabled cameras that can keep an eye on home from anywhere.

4 Dec 2013 | We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.

Dual-band wireless router reviews

Our latest look at dual-band wireless routers.

28 Nov 2013 | We test and compare 10 dual-band wireless routers.

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

18 Sep 2013 | Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

Desktop search tools

Missing some files? These hard drive hunters could find what you're looking for.

22 Apr 2013 | Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.

CHOICE Guide to setting up your home entertainment system

Get the most out of your home entertainment system

12 Mar 2013 | This guide will take you through some of the more common traps that ensnare the unprepared, and help you get the most out of your home entertainment purchases.

CHOICE Guide to setting up your home

Taking out risk and guesswork when setting up your home

12 Mar 2013 | Congratulations! You’re moving into your first house. But now what? How do you begin to turn those empty rooms into your home?

Powerline networking

Network your home instantly using its existing electrical wiring.

29 Aug 2011 | Powerline devices provide a simple home networking alternative or addition to traditional Ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi.

NAS external hard drive reviews

We test 10 Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices that can store your files and serve everybody on your network.

13 May 2011 | Network-Attached Storage lets you store files in one central place and access them from multiple computers at the same time.

Sony Media Network player review

Hook this handy device up to your TV to enjoy video, audio and image files stored on your network.

4 Jan 2011 | The Sony SMP-N100 also provides access to over 20 internet TV channels under Sony’s BRAVIA Internet banner.

Five things to know before you buy a new mobile phone  

Five things you need to know before buying a new mobile phone.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE takes some of the confusion out of smartphone technology.

Networking 101

CHOICE guide to setting up a home network.

20 Aug 2010 | Share data and internet access between all your computers and devices, whether by cable or wireless. These basic principles will help you set up your own.

Wireless networking at home

Wireless networking allows you to access the web anywhere in the home.

7 May 2009 | CHOICE reveals the issues you need to consider before you incorporate Wi-Fi into your home networking environment.

VoIP routers review and compare

Using VoIP can save you money, but you need the right hardware to do it — so we put seven VoIP capable modem routers to the test.

21 Jan 2009 | There’s a lot of talk about the cost advantages of moving to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), for both long-distance and local calls as well.

Net filtering software review and compare

Keep your child safe from internet nasties with net filtering software.

15 Jan 2008 | Internet filtering software helps to block unwanted content. But is your child really safe to browse the Web unsupervised with one of these programs in place?

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Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Google Nexus 4 first look

Is the Nexus 4 the best-value smartphone ever?

21 Feb 2013 | The Nexus 4 is Google's showcase smartphone, delivering a clean Android experience.

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Health insurance comparisons

Our health insurance reviews are a prescription for painless health cover.

6 Dec 2013 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

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How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Fitness watches

CHOICE member Gareth Davies and his family put five fitness watches through their paces.

19 Feb 2014 | The very athletic Davies family give us a rundown on a Garmin Forerunner, Magellan Switch, Polar and Tom Tom multi-sport fitness watches.

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How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

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Digital camera reviews  

We review 77 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $4050.

16 Apr 2014 | We review digital SLRs, system and bridge cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung and Sony.

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare 88 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic.

18 Nov 2013 | In our latest digital camera test we review 88 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $699.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

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Vacuum cleaner reviews  

We test vacuum cleaners at all price points, from $69 to $1599.

24 Feb 2014 | We reveal which newly tested vacuums - including models from Miele, Dyson, and Hoover - are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Expensive vacuum cleaner reviews

We test high-end vacuum cleaners priced from $600 to $1099.

24 Nov 2011 | CHOICE reveals which expensive vacuum cleaners earn their keep, and whether it's necessary to spend up to $1000 on a model.

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Rechargeable AA battery reviews

How well do "ready to use" rechargeable AA batteries compare?

21 Nov 2012 | Our latest test results rate 15 NiMH rechargeable batteries, to see which hold their capacity and last longer in storage.

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Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

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Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

27 Jun 2013 | We reveal how 17 mobile phones available on the Next G 850MHz network perform in the Australian outback.

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you rely on to direct you from point A to point B?

26 Mar 2013 | We've tested 17 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

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Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

4 Mar 2014 | Car insurers' preferred smash repairers are producing poor quality repairs.

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

NSW set to introduce anti-ticket scalping laws

CHOICE hopes the legislation achieves its objective without hampering consumers who have genuine reasons for on-selling their tickets.

25 Oct 2013 | New legislation proposed in NSW seeks to reduce ticket scalping, but CHOICE hopes it does not inadvertently prevent consumers from on-selling their tickets for legitimate reasons.

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Electric bike reviews

Test results for 18 electric bike options ranging in price from $1050 to $3299.

14 Jan 2014 | Electric bikes are gaining traction in the bike market and there are many reasons why you may prefer some assistance with your pedal power.

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Nursing homes

Plan ahead for when you can no longer look after yourself.

22 Aug 2006 | Most of us don’t want to think about nursing home care while we’re still relatively healthy and independent; we tend to leave it until an emergency forces us to face the issue, utterly unprepared.

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Do diet detox products work?

Can herbal pills and fruit-based liquids really remove toxins, or is it all just marketing spin?

9 Apr 2014 | We ask the experts just how well diet detox products work when it comes to removing toxins and getting healthy.

Lunchbox stars revealed

CHOICE calculates the Health Star Ratings of popular kids’ foods.

14 Mar 2014 | Health star ratings of typical items found in kids’ lunchboxes show significant variation.

Is this what Krafty companies don't want you to know

Health star ratings to find poor performers from Kraft and Nabisco.

25 Feb 2014 | CHOICE has used the recently released Health Star Rating Calculator to compare a selection of supermarket favourites, finding few stars among the offerings from Kraft, Cadbury, Nabisco and Oreo.

Is coconut oil healthy?

Is coconut oil all it’s cracked up to be, or just another fad? We investigate to find out whether it lives up to the health hype.

23 Feb 2014 | Coconut oil is being hailed as the next big thing. CHOICE finds out what the experts have to say about this year’s latest food trend.

Health facts and fictions

Think a detox is a quick antidote for a month of excess? We debunk this and a couple of other popular health myths.

28 Dec 2013 | Read these widely held notions about everything from diet and exercise, to air travel and antioxidants.

A quick guide to weight loss

With spring in the air, losing the winter bulge is a mission for many. CHOICE runs through the top 10 weight loss tips for slimming down - the smart way.

4 Sep 2013 | CHOICE's cheat sheet to winning the weight battle.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Palm oil labelling

How can we make healthier and sustainably sound choices if manufacturers don't make it clear that their products contain palm oil?

20 May 2013 | It contains high levels of saturated fats and causes environmental damage, so we look into why specific palm oil labelling isn't mandatory.

The not-so-super foods

From chia seeds to acai berries, we look beyond the hype to find out if the health benefits of some so-called "superfoods" live up to their claims.

23 Apr 2013 | Some foods claim to do everything from prevent cancer to help you lose weight, but do they deserve to be touted as super?

Omega-3 supplements

Omega-3 is linked to many health benefits, but should you choose a supplement or fresh fish?

1 Mar 2013 | From seafood sources to fish and krill oil supplements, we investigate your options for including this nutrient in your diet.

Smoothies and frappés

You might be surprised by the sugary punch packed by some of these fruit-based drinks.

14 Jan 2013 | With up to 2600kJ in one serving, the hidden sugar in some smoothies and frappés places them in the category of a junk food snack rather than a healthy drink.

Protein supplements

There's a protein supplement for just about everyone these days - but how useful are they?

12 Sep 2012 | Protein supplements (mainly in the form of drink powders and bars) are marketed for weight loss, muscle mass building and post-exercise recovery, targeting dieters, elderly people and athletes. They may be helpful sometimes, but whether they're necessary is debatable. In this article we take a balanced look at the science behind the benefits of protein vs the real requirements of the people who might be tempted to use them.

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Access to safe, affordable and nutritious food should be National Food Plan priority.

19 Jul 2012 | The National Food Plan Green Paper has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig.

Food claims 97 per cent fat free 100 per cent confusion

Proposed crackdown on ‘fat free’ claims must extend to all fat content claims.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE wants proposed rules that would restrict ‘fat free’ and ‘% fat free’ claims on food packaging to be extended to cover all claims about fat content.

Front-of-pack food labelling talks begin

Governments and stakeholders turn attention to front-of-pack labelling design.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE has met with key industry groups, and government officials to discuss the development of a single front-of-pack food labelling system.

Salad dressing reviews

If you have the basics, making your own salad dressing can be quick and easy.

1 Feb 2012 | CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

19 Jan 2012 | Consumers can now use their iPhones to scan food barcodes and instantly see traffic light information thanks to an app developed by The George Institute and BUPA.

Ministers announce future of food labelling

The results are a mixed bag.

13 Dec 2011 | Ministers have handed down their decisions on the future of food labelling, and the menu contains mixed results for consumers.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Daily intake percentage labels discredited  

A new report finds the front-of-pack labelling system is too confusing for consumers to understand.

28 Nov 2011 | Research has confirmed CHOICE's long-held belief that Percentage Daily Intake labels are confusing and based on inconsistent serving sizes.

Low-fat dessert reviews

Read nutrition labels carefully - a 'low-fat' claim doesn't mean it's healthy.

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews a range of desserts marketed with low-fat labelling from the fridge and freezer section of supermarkets.

Food industry claims add to confusion

23 Sep 2011 | The food industry’s response to CHOICE’s Shame the Claim campaign has missed the point and simply added to consumers’ confusion.

Selective labelling

Nutrition claims on food labels often don't tell the full story.

15 Sep 2011 | Seductive labels on food that promise less saturated fat, no added sugar or a bumper amount of wholegrains often don't tell the whole nutritional story.

Pregnancy multivitamin supplements

Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?

1 Sep 2011 | There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?

Probiotics

Consumers are embracing the benefits of "good" bacteria with open arms and purses.

6 Jul 2011 | "Good" bacteria, long used as starter cultures for yoghurts and fermented dairy drinks, are now in high consumer demand, particularly probiotics.

Food for kids

An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.

22 Jun 2011 | CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

Nutrition guide for breastfeeding mothers  

Maintaining mother's good health is one of the keys to successful breastfeeding.

20 May 2011 | How much more do breastfeeding mothers need to eat and which foods they should focus on to stay as healthy as possible?

Weight loss pills

Can slimming be as easy as popping a pill?

2 May 2011 | We look at the so-called "active ingredients" in weight loss pills to see if they live up to their claims.

Vegetarian meat substitutes

We found many vegetarian meat substitutes are alarmingly high in salt - and taste bland.

11 Apr 2011 | CHOICE put a handful of vegetarian meat substitutes to the test, rating both nutritional value and taste.

South Australia to count kilojules

South Australian Government forces fast food retailers to display energy counts on menu boards.

14 Mar 2011 | New regulations requires food chains with 20 or more outlets in SA to display the kilojoule content alongside product price.

Weight-loss-myths

Is your “miracle” weight-loss strategy actually expanding your waistline?

20 Jan 2011 | CHOICE looks at problematic myths and misconceptions, as identified by our in-house experts and a survey of professionals.

Sodium

Australians are consuming up to 10 times the amount of sodium we need for good health.

11 Oct 2010 | Australia’s salt habit is costing the nation much more than the in-store price tag. But will binning our salt shakers solve the problem?

Omega 3s

Essential for children's development and our ongoing brain, heart and joint health. Are you getting enough?

6 Oct 2010 | Omega-3s in our diet can prevent cardiovascular disease and may even protect against arthritis, mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Multigrain bread reviews

Multigrain breads can be top scorers for taste and texture, and rate well nutritionally.

6 May 2010 | We size up the main varieties you'll find at your supermarket.

Pizza reviews

We reveal which brands and chains offer the healthiest and tastiest options.

15 Mar 2010 | CHOICE compared more than 190 brands and flavours of pizza available nationally from supermarkets (chilled or frozen) or from takeaway chains. We found some big differences in nutritional value – and in value for money.

Trans fats in foods

CHOICE finds some manufacturers still sneak unhealthy trans fats into our foods.

26 Jun 2009 | They rarely rate a mention on the label, but the trans fats hidden in many processed foods are worse for your health than saturated fats.

The takeaway dilemma

CHOICE compares the most popular dishes and provides healthier, cheaper alternatives.

21 May 2009 | Although there’s nothing wrong with takeaways occasionally, many contain too much salt and saturated fat for regular eating.

Food allergies and intolerances

CHOICE investigates why nut allergy rates are now soaring, and what you can do if you think you have an allergy.

24 Mar 2009 | Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and the number of people affected is growing at an astonishing rate.

Supermarket cakes

Many of them are packed with additives, including artificial colours linked to hyperactivity in children. We tell you which brands to avoid.

23 Mar 2009 | Make a cake at home and you'll probably use about six ingredients. Look at the ingredients list on a supermarket cake and you might find 40 or more.

CHOICE guide to food labelling

You can't judge a book by its cover – what about food by its label?

20 Jan 2009 | Food labelling can be a minefield of confusion and misinformation. Labelling legislation offers some relief, but often isn't sufficiently enforced.

Pharmacy diet plans

A growing number of pharmacies are getting into the weight-loss business, but how do these diet plans weigh up?

20 Jan 2009 | Pharmacy diet plans may help to shed extra kilos quickly, but most fail to deal effectively with the complex broader issues around weight loss.

Traffic light labelling

New research shows traffic light labels help consumers make healthy choices.

19 Sep 2008 | A colour-coded traffic lights system, first developed by the UK Food Standards Agency, has been suggested as a more useful tool for helping consumers to make healthier food choices.

Sports drinks review and compare

We compared 14 brands of sports drink from supermarkets, servos and convenience stores to give you the facts.

7 Aug 2008 | Unless you’re an athletic superstar, sports drinks won’t make you run faster; they’ll merely make you fatter.

Whole grains

There are five good reasons to include more wholegrains in your diet.

7 Aug 2008 | Wholegrains have become a marketing tool food companies use to convince us to buy one product over another.

Healthy eating

CHOICE’s expert dietitian puts our volunteers' diets to test. Find out how they measured up.

24 Jun 2008 | The most common problems in our volunteers’ diets were too much salt and not enough calcium, fibre and water.

Food additives

Which ones pose a health risk?

2 May 2008 | We look at the latest research into additives that health questions have been raised about - and give CHOICE’s verdict on which ones you’d do best to avoid.

Exercise myths busted

There’s a lot of misleading information about exercise — we take a look at fitness facts and fictions

2 Sep 2007 | There are many myths about exercise — fictions which are endlessly perpetuated and validated through sheer repetition.

Superfruit jucies review and compare

Can juice from 'super' fruits — goji, noni, mangosteen or açai — really cure cancer?

16 Aug 2007 | Forget about an orange or apple — distrubtors say if you really want to keep the doctor away, you need to knock back a daily dose of "superfruit".

Low-fat yoghurt

Some low-fat yoghurts have so much sugar they can be more fattening than full-fat.

15 May 2007 | Lots of yoghurts with a 'lite' or 'low fat' claim contain so much sugar you’d be eating more kilojoules than in a full-fat yoghurt.

Food in focus - pumpkin

If you're buying a whole pumpkin, look for one which is heavy for its size, with firm skin.

16 Mar 2007 | Pumpkins are generally available all year around, but are particularly associated with Autumn and Winter.

Food in focus - walnuts

A handful to munch or in a recipe, walnuts are heart-healthy.

28 Feb 2007 | The Australian walnut crop is growing – so you will find walnuts from Tasmania, Victoria and parts of NSW and South Australia.

Protein bars and shakes

Do you really need them?

1 Jul 2006 | It’s likely only elite athletes really benefit from protein bars and drinks. For the rest of us, they’re just an additional source of kilojoules and little more than an expensive snack.

Wheatgrass juice

It's the health tonic of the moment, but where’s the evidence for its benefits?

23 May 2006 | If you believe the hype, wheatgrass can nourish the blood and detoxify poisons, purify the liver, rebuild the bloodstream and more — all before breakfast.

Iron - are you getting enough?

The facts on the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and what to do about it.

1 Nov 2005 | Women of child-bearing age are most at risk of too little iron and there are different types of iron found in food and they are absorbed differently.

Detox kits review and compare

Been burning the candle at both ends?

5 Oct 2005 | A week or two on a detox program won’t absolve you from a year of unhealthy eating, smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

Low carb food

Low-carb processed foods are no healthier than their conventional equivalents — but can cost a lot more.

22 Aug 2005 | Low-carb versions of processed foods such as pasta certainly have less carbohydrate and usually fewer kilojoules — but are they’re a healthier option.

Fibre

Australians are a constipated lot. But it's not just our bowels that would thank us for eating more fibre.

14 Feb 2005 | One thing is certain –– millions of doses of laxatives we swallow each year wouldn't be needed by most people if we ate more fibre.

Energy drinks

They're the drink of choice for many children but are they suitable?

9 Jan 2005 | They’re fizzy drinks with a difference. What most of them in fact do is give you a caffeine fix with plenty of sugar.

Fast food

"Upsizing" your meal will really push the fat, salt and sugar right over the top.

9 Jan 2005 | When we started analysing the nutrition info from the fast-food giants, even our hardened food team was shocked by the amount of kilojoules, fat and salt that some options packed.

Multivitamins

Do you really need to take one?

6 Jan 2005 | Research shows that a balanced diet is still the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and that diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit reduce the risk of cancers and other diseases.

Butter and margarine review

We check out over 90 spreads and dairy blends, and pick the healthier options.

1 Jan 2005 | Margarine’s now a "spread" and butter can come from the fridge soft enough to spread on your toast. But which is the healthiest?

Nuts

Is coconut oil healthy?

Is coconut oil all it’s cracked up to be, or just another fad? We investigate to find out whether it lives up to the health hype.

23 Feb 2014 | Coconut oil is being hailed as the next big thing. CHOICE finds out what the experts have to say about this year’s latest food trend.

The not-so-super foods

From chia seeds to acai berries, we look beyond the hype to find out if the health benefits of some so-called "superfoods" live up to their claims.

23 Apr 2013 | Some foods claim to do everything from prevent cancer to help you lose weight, but do they deserve to be touted as super?

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts recall

Food products have been contaminated with salmonella and may cause illness if consumed.

14 Oct 2011 | Paton's Macadamia Plantations Pty Ltd is recalling varieties of its chocolate macadamia nuts due to the presence of salmonella bacteria.

Mixed-nuts

Crack the secret of finding the healthiest nut mixes.

18 Nov 2010 | Not all nuts are equal when it comes to nutrition. CHOICE explains what makes them good for us.

Food in focus - walnuts

A handful to munch or in a recipe, walnuts are heart-healthy.

28 Feb 2007 | The Australian walnut crop is growing – so you will find walnuts from Tasmania, Victoria and parts of NSW and South Australia.

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