CHOICE - Food and drink and trusted tests, user trials and investigations of food, beverages, organic produce and supermarkets from CHOICE Australia. Copyright 2015, 02 Mar 2015 06:12:26 GMTFood and healthWhy Aussie-owned beers aren't on tap

Local brewers are locked out of taps thanks to market heavyweights who offer incentives and free gifts to pubs.

Food and drinkWed, 11 Feb 2015 09:35:00 GMT
Instant noodles

Instant noodles are often high in sodium and saturated fat. We look at the better brands and give tips on how to make them healthier.

Food and drinkFri, 09 Jan 2015 11:05:00 GMT
The Premium Wine Card

The Premium Wine Card claims to improve the taste of wine, softening tannins in red wine and acid in white. But does it live up to these claims? CHOICE investigates.

Food and drinkWed, 03 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT
Fermented foods

From yoghurt and sauerkraut to kefir and kombucha, CHOICE reviews different types of fermented foods to find whether they live up to claimed health benefits.

Food and drinkWed, 09 Jul 2014 14:29:00 GMT
Breakfast on-the-go products

The right breakfast can mean the difference between a good start to a day or a sluggish one – but finding a quick and simple option among the breakfast biscuits and other breakfast-on-the-go products can be tricky.

Food and drinkTue, 24 Jun 2014 10:59:00 GMT
Protein supplements

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.

Food and drinkMon, 28 Apr 2014 11:48:00 GMT
ANZAC biscuits review

Choice tests five brands of ANZAC biscuits, including Unibic, Coles and Woolworths, with an expert review and a lay panel taste test.

Food and drinkThu, 24 Apr 2014 10:50:00 GMT
Best chocolate brands

Our latest chocolate taste test includes 11 milk and 13 dark chocolate brands. Find out if our experts taste testers agreed with the people's choice.

Food and drinkMon, 14 Apr 2014 10:44:00 GMT
Hot cross buns on test

Using an expert judge and some enthusiastic taste testers, CHOICE put nine varieties of traditional fruit hot cross buns to the test.

Food and drinkMon, 14 Apr 2014 10:06:00 GMT
Free range eggs

If you’re buying free range eggs because you believe in animal welfare, the brands in the big supermarkets may not be meeting your expectations.

Food and drinkWed, 26 Mar 2014 17:58:00 GMT
Is coconut oil healthy?

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.

Food and drinkSun, 23 Feb 2014 21:18:00 GMT
Healthier takeaway food

Australia's love affair with takeaway is adding more salt, sugar and saturated fat to our diet. CHOICE looks at how you can keep trim without sacrificing the convenience of a Chinese, Thai or Indian takeaway.

Food and drinkTue, 04 Feb 2014 09:37:00 GMT
Who owns your beer?

Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

Food and drinkSun, 26 Jan 2014 15:29:00 GMT
Best and worst frozen pizzas

CHOICE reviews 50 frozen pizzas and finds that an enticing gourmet image is no guarantee of superior taste or a healthier meal.

Food and drinkTue, 21 Jan 2014 12:04:00 GMT
Free range pork and turkey

Producers and retailers are free to make their own decisions about free-range labelling, making it hard for consumers to know just how "free range" their ham, pork, bacon and turkey really is.

Food and drinkFri, 06 Dec 2013 11:12:00 GMT
Junk food advertising to kids

Around the globe, governments and communities are grappling with the social, financial and health costs of overweight and obese populations. Is restricting junk food advertising to kids part of the solution?

Food and drinkMon, 25 Nov 2013 10:22:00 GMT
Culture clash: frozen yoghurt

Choice reviewed frozen yoghurt - or froyo - shops, and found they can be just as dangerous to your hip pocket as your waistline.

Food and drinkMon, 02 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT
What's in a sausage?

It's hard to tell exactly what's in a sausage, and sometimes you'll get more - or less - than you bargained for.

Food and drinkFri, 19 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT
Liquid breakfasts

Tapping into consumers’ increasing demand for meals on the go, liquid breakfasts are a growing category in the shopping aisles. These drinks quick and convenient, but we look at whether their health claims stack up.

Food and drinkMon, 24 Jun 2013 17:12:00 GMT
Bottled water

In some places tap water may not taste as good as bottled water, but it's still safe to drink. We find a little filtering is a lot cheaper than buying by the bottle.

Food and drinkFri, 07 Jun 2013 09:28:00 GMT
Everyday 'superfoods'

Filling up your trolley with everyday grocery items such as olive oil, wholegrains and yoghurt could help you reduce your risk of certain diseases.

Food and drinkTue, 30 Apr 2013 12:33:00 GMT
Raw 'superfoods'

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

Food and drinkTue, 23 Apr 2013 20:00:00 GMT
Coffee capsules

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.

Food and drinkThu, 18 Apr 2013 09:47:00 GMT
What's in your milk?

30 CHOICE staffers took part in a blind taste test of 12 milks. The results are surprising.

Food and drinkMon, 08 Apr 2013 11:59:00 GMT
Omega-3 supplements

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

Food and drinkFri, 01 Mar 2013 15:41:00 GMT
What's your beef

From direct sales between farmer and butcher, to a complex chain of agents, finishers, processors and wholesales, the path from paddock to plate can vary widely.

Food and drinkThu, 07 Feb 2013 09:28:00 GMT
Are smoothies and frappés healthy?

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.

Food and drinkMon, 14 Jan 2013 09:18:00 GMT
Exercise hydration

The simple act of drinking when thirsty has become complicated by science and pseudoscience. CHOICE investigates.

Food and drinkMon, 07 Jan 2013 16:41:00 GMT
Wacky water

The market is awash with "enhanced" waters making claims about their superior chemistry. But do they offer any advantages over normal water?

Food and drinkMon, 07 Jan 2013 10:28:00 GMT
Sparkling wine and champagne reviews

CHOICE's wine experts tested 60 of the best-selling sparkling wines, including champagne. Some of the best buys cost under $10.

Food and drinkWed, 19 Dec 2012 10:35:00 GMT
Christmas pudding reviews

We've blind taste tested 14 Christmas puddings to find out which ones are worthy of being the grand finale to your celebratory feast.

Food and drinkMon, 03 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT
Where are supermarket products sourced?

Coles and Woolworths say they're committed to sourcing their private label products from Australia, but this isn't necessarily the whole story.

Food and drinkThu, 06 Sep 2012 06:22:00 GMT
Parallel import beer taste test

We've tasted Peroni, Stella, Heineken and other imported favourites to find how the premium imports match up against their locally brewed versions.

Food and drinkTue, 28 Aug 2012 16:03:00 GMT
Is coconut water healthy?

It's been hailed as 'nature's sports drink', but does coconut water live up to its health claims?

Food and drinkTue, 21 Aug 2012 15:54:00 GMT
CHOICE supermarket special

The supermarket price war has hit the headlines again today, with more stories of suppliers being squeezed by the big two.

Food and drinkFri, 06 Jul 2012 10:29:00 GMT
Vegetarian fast food

We've surveyed 12 national fast food chains and reviewed their online menus to see how their vegetarian offerings stack up nutritionally.

Food and drinkThu, 14 Jun 2012 16:49:00 GMT
Free range egg petition

We'd like to thank the 3101 people who signed on to ask the ACCC to reject the Australian Egg Corporation's certification trade mark that would allow a 13-fold increase on the current free-range outdoor stocking density maximum.

Food and drinkWed, 30 May 2012 16:02:00 GMT
Supermarket wines

There’s no easy way for consumers to know who makes their wine, short of searching online or checking the Australian trademark database.

Food and drinkThu, 17 May 2012 09:42:00 GMT
Cake mix reviews

We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Food and drinkWed, 09 May 2012 16:09:00 GMT

We shortlisted four Coles and four Woolworths products that we believe mimic their branded equivalents and asked you to vote. The results are in.

Food and drinkTue, 01 May 2012 08:40:00 GMT
Frozen fish product reviews

We review over 100 frozen fish products, including uncoated, seasoned, battered and crumbed varieties to uncover your best options.

Food and drinkWed, 21 Mar 2012 16:28:00 GMT
Salad dressing reviews

CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

Food and drinkWed, 01 Feb 2012 15:33:00 GMT
Cider taste test

Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.

Food and drinkTue, 31 Jan 2012 16:30:00 GMT
Low-fat dessert reviews

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

Food and drinkThu, 06 Oct 2011 08:30:00 GMT

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

Food and drinkWed, 06 Jul 2011 10:08:00 GMT
Surviving fast food

Despite many fast food outlets offering healthy options, the nutritional labelling and serving sizes of not-so-healthy choices are still not up to scratch.

Food and drinkTue, 07 Jun 2011 15:13:00 GMT
Savoury snacks

CHOICE looks at which savoury snacks are the healthier options as well as those best avoided.

Food and drinkFri, 13 May 2011 12:57:00 GMT
Meat substitutes

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

Food and drinkMon, 11 Apr 2011 13:31:00 GMT
Hot cross buns

Our tasters gave us their verdict on fruit, fruit-free and choc chip varieties.

Food and drinkWed, 06 Apr 2011 17:23:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 2011: Best Restaurant Hygiene Rating Scheme

Food safety is vital for consumers and some organisations are making sure people know which businesses are safest for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food and drinkThu, 31 Mar 2011 16:49:00 GMT
Sweet snacks

We tell you which shelf-stable sweet snacks are worth throwing into your glove box or office drawer, and which should be avoided.

Food and drinkFri, 25 Feb 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Valentine's gift guide

CHOICE gives you the lowdown on two Valentine's classics: chocolates and flowers.

Food and drinkFri, 11 Feb 2011 10:08:00 GMT
Ice-cream reviews

CHOICE puts our members and staff to the test to find out which vanilla ice-creams taste the best.

Food and drinkMon, 31 Jan 2011 09:00:00 GMT
Vitamin enhanced water

For drinks that are essentially cordials with added vitamins, “nutrient-enhanced waters” are making a splash.

Food and drinkFri, 07 Jan 2011 09:47:00 GMT
Fresh food tricks

Can you call apples that are nine months old truly fresh?

Food and drinkTue, 30 Nov 2010 09:32:00 GMT
Organic and fairtrade chocolate

We put 11 brands to the taste test.

Food and drinkFri, 19 Nov 2010 10:11:00 GMT
Mixed nuts

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

Food and drinkThu, 18 Nov 2010 16:12:00 GMT
Cheese reviews

CHOICE compares and reviews a range of bries, blues, camemberts and cheddars to find out which brands impress.

Food and drinkFri, 05 Nov 2010 13:44:00 GMT
CHOICE wine picks

CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

Food and drinkWed, 13 Oct 2010 14:10:00 GMT
Hidden salt

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?

Food and drinkMon, 11 Oct 2010 15:02:00 GMT
Omega 3

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

Food and drinkWed, 06 Oct 2010 11:23:00 GMT
BPA in canned foods

CHOICE believes our national food regulator could be more proactive in protecting the health of Australian consumers.

Food and drinkWed, 01 Sep 2010 15:17:00 GMT
Choosing the right cooking oil

Not all oils are equal. We tell you the right ones to use for the cooking purpose in mind.

Food and drinkMon, 09 Aug 2010 12:12:00 GMT
The truth about meat pies

The Australian food standards authority stipulates meat pies must contain a minimum of 25% "meat flesh". But not all do.

Food and drinkTue, 18 May 2010 10:55:00 GMT
Multigrain bread reviews

We size up the main varieties you'll find at your supermarket.

Food and drinkThu, 06 May 2010 14:52:00 GMT

In the past half-century we’ve increasingly sweetened our food supply. But are we eating too much sugar and is it affecting our health?

Food and drinkThu, 22 Apr 2010 15:03:00 GMT
Pizza reviews

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.

Food and drinkMon, 15 Mar 2010 14:20:00 GMT
Pesticides in imported vegetables

Our random test of common canned and frozen vegetables showed little cause for concern.

Food and drinkFri, 05 Mar 2010 15:04:00 GMT
Grocery shopping online

The online market is dominated by Coles and Woolworths. We review their offering and highlight some of the smaller players.

Food and drinkThu, 04 Mar 2010 09:37:00 GMT
Genetically modified food risks

Are GM crops jeopardising the safety and security of our food supply?

Food and drinkWed, 17 Feb 2010 13:17:00 GMT
Supermarket ready meals

Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Food and drinkWed, 03 Feb 2010 15:29:00 GMT
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Food and drinkTue, 15 Dec 2009 14:32:00 GMT
Supermarket price survey 2009

Two years on from our last survey, CHOICE hit the supermarket aisles with a shopping list of staples. We found grocery prices have risen against a background of little competition.

Food and drinkThu, 26 Nov 2009 13:12:00 GMT
Picking the right tomato

Tomatoes you find at the supermarket are often as hard and as tasty as cricket balls. But there are still some tasty tomatoes to be found.

Food and drinkWed, 07 Oct 2009 16:12:00 GMT
Milk products review

CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands.

Food and drinkThu, 10 Sep 2009 10:35:00 GMT
Food to lower your cholesterol

Eating 2–3g per day of plant sterols in the form of enriched spread, yoghurt, milk or a combination of these products can help lower your cholesterol.

Food and drinkFri, 14 Mar 2008 14:24:00 GMT
Low-fat yoghurt

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 and drinkTue, 15 May 2007 14:15:00 GMT