7 April 2021

CSIRO’s new tool to combat Australia’s #1 diet issue

GI and Diabetes

Low nutrient, high kilojoule food continues to be the top choice for Australians, with new research from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, showing that nearly 4 out of 5 Aussies overindulge in junk food every day!

The new findings come from the recent analysis of the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score survey. CSIRO research scientist Dr GIlly Hendrie said new approaches were needed when it came to discretionary foods and Australians’ diets.

“Discretionary or junk foods are the number one issue affecting Australian diets today, with excessive consumption resulting in poor nutrition, high rates of obesity and an even higher risk of lifestyle diseases,” Dr Hendrie said.

To help Australians improve their diets, CSIRO has launched a free, online tool to provide the community with a greater understanding of their discretionary food intake and where they can make improvements to their eating habits.

CSIRO Junk Food Calculator

The Junk Food Analyser estimates how much junk food you eat and provides real strategies to reduce your consumption and help you lose weight.

“While the elimination strategy is common in diet programs and can reduce kilojoules the most, the interactive Junk Food Analyser lets users explore a combination of strategies to reduce discretionary food intake, without cutting their favourite foods altogether. That might include choosing to eliminate alcohol, take a break from cakes and biscuits and halve confectionery consumption,” Dr Hendrie said.

“The Junk Food Analyser really does help Australians have their cake and eat it too.

“With the additional support of a balanced and evidence-based framework such as the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Australians can feel assured that they are embarking on a health journey that fits into their lifestyles, without the sacrifice.”

To find out more and take the new CSIRO Junk Food Analyser quiz, head to www.junkfoodanalyser.com


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