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Did you know that a Domino’s supreme pizza contains 61% of your daily #kilojoules intake?

We looked at the kilojoule information on fast food menu boards to find out how this information can help you choose better options. https://goo.gl/ZRUpWs

While it might seem obvious that choosing a smaller serve size will mean you get fewer kilojoules, it's surprising just how many kilojoules you can save by downsizing without skimping on the fast food flavour you're craving.

In this infographic, we've chosen similar menu items to compare - after all, sometimes a garden salad won't cut it if what you're after is a burger. 

Do you look at the #nutritional information when buying fast food? Does it influence what you buy?
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Some of these are pretty silly. A single whopper has less kj than a double? Mind blown. 

It's good to have people thinking about what they eat, bu if you're going to any of these places (minus Sumo Salad, nothing wrong with that), it's not about eating healthy. Perhaps it's better to embrace what you're eating and enjoy the meal before getting back on track, rather fool yourself by saying "well, at least I had the single".
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We filmed a satirical spaghetti western to highlight the high street showdown between the once mighty, cult-like #Thermomix and some of its cheaper, shiny rivals https://www.choice.com.au/thermomixshootout

To find out which all-in-one #kitchen #appliance came out on top head to our comparison here: https://goo.gl/Sg082w (you'll need to be a CHOICE member to see the results)

Are you a fan of the Thermomix? Or do you think $2000+ is too much for a kitchen appliance?
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The World Health Organisation has recently issued a new guideline strongly recommending that we reduce our 'free sugar' intake to less than 10% of our total kilojoule intake, in order to reduce the risk of obesity and tooth decay http://goo.gl/klg8aB

'Free sugars' refers to sugars added to foods and drinks by manufacturers, cooks and consumers, as well as those found naturally in honey, syrups and fruit juices http://goo.gl/klg8aB

Much of the sugar we consume today is hidden in processed #food and #drinks that we may not think of as sweets - like smoothies and sports drinks.

Do you think about the #sugar content in processed food and drinks? Are you surprised by how much sugar is in the drinks we've compared?
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Forget these drinks, just have a piece of fresh fruit. 
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Negotiations for a massive international trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership #TPP, have been going on in complete secrecy for the last few years. Help CHOICE http://choice.good.do/tpp tell the government to ‪#‎ReleaseTheText‬ so we can find out what's in the TPP before it's too late!

A new report (http://goo.gl/fxq1LP) has shown the TPP could impact on the government's ability to introduce new #health initiatives, like the plain packaging legislation. It could stop new food labelling laws, and keep medicines costing more for longer.

Join our campaign calling on the government to #ReleaseTheText so we can all have a say http://choice.good.do/tpp

Do you think the Australian public deserves to know what's at stake in the #TPP?
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I saw a story on ABC Lateline Business. It was quite long and detailed. Unfortunately it was on latrine which means it was on sometime past 10pm. This stuff needs to be on the main channels 6pm news.
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Want to know where your #food is from? Join our campaign calling for better Country of Origin labelling #CoOL http://choice.good.do/CoOL

Right now companies don’t have to accurately label the origin of our food. They can get away with vague statements like “Made in Australia using local and imported ingredients". This isn’t good enough.

We’ve been calling for better Country of Origin labelling for years. It’s time the government did something about it.

Join us in calling for the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce to take action: http://choice.good.do/CoOL
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Our latest investigation has found that foreign-owned Foster's Group, now known as Carlton & United Breweries, is locking out genuine Aussie #CraftBeer from the taps at your favourite local pub http://goo.gl/d5rSPe

We discovered it's not uncommon for the big brewers to offer more money, rebates or other incentives for exclusive access to 80% or even 100% of pub taps, making it hard for independent brewers to get a fair go http://goo.gl/d5rSPe

The tactics of the big brewers have caught the eye of the ACCC who are investigating whether anti-competitive behaviour is locking out rival beer brands.

Do you find it hard to get local, craft beers on tap at your local pub? Does it surprise you that many ‘craft’ brews are now foreign-owned including Little Creatures, James Squire, Fat Yak and Matilda Bay?
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This is typical of a foreign takeover. A similar thing has happened to our sugar and dairy industries now mostly foreign owned. Farmers are the ones being now paying the price with tight contracts to overseas marketing . Its pathetic and why we are letting it happen. The FRIB needs a shake out the figures before a review are far too high . now $ 15 million for land and $260 million for company takeovers. How much more or this country are they going to sell off. How much money is going out of the country to overseas share holders...?  what will be left for future generations, but they call this globalisation ... one has to wonder. 
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Which is the cheapest #supermarket in Australia? https://www.choice.com.au/supermarketsurvey

Our supermarket price survey found you can save about 50% off your weekly #grocery bill by foregoing leading brands at Coles and Woolworths, and heading to ALDI Australia instead.

If you don't live close to an Aldi, or their no-frills experience isn't your thing, you can still save 35% at Coles and 33% at Woolworths by swapping leading brands for the chains’ private label equivalents.

Do you buy private label products, or are you loyal to your favourite brands? Have you shopped at Aldi?
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Anything from Coles is boycotted in this house, we get the good specials from Woolies then go to Foodland
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Our infographic helps to explain how the 2015 federal budget will impact Australian consumers https://goo.gl/4lWdDf

So what does it mean for your own bottom line? Use our simple tool to get a personalised snapshot of the key announcements, and how they're likely to affect you: http://budget2015.choice.com.au/

Are you feeling the budget crunch? #Budget2015  #budget #auspol
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go away to hell
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We've welcomed the ACCC’s decision to take the makers of Nurofen to the Federal Court over its targeted #pain relief claims on products such as Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain, and Nurofen Tension Headache http://goo.gl/HkKocy

The move comes following our investigation last year which found consumers were unnecessarily paying a premium because they believed a pain pill would target a particular part of their body, when many are actually identical and contain the same active ingredient http://goo.gl/QhGjQJ

Are you confused by the marketing of #painkillers? Have you paid a premium believing a painkiller will target a particular part of your body?
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Oh, and add the TGA to the problems with this; why do they allow this sort of chicanery???
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A proposed anti #piracy scheme could see consumers facing heavy-handed legal action and unlimited fines for illegal downloads, if it goes ahead http://goo.gl/GH0HLn

The scheme is meant to stop online piracy by sending 'education' notices to consumers, but actually lets #copyright holders get your contact details and internet records so they can sue you.

We think the Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull should step in and take responsibility for this, instead of letting big business police our internet use, so we're sending him an education notice of our own. Sign the notice here: http://goo.gl/RRuYuJ

Do you think internet service providers should be able to give your download history and personal information to copyright holders?
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That is funny
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We’re calling on the federal government to take action on country of origin #food #labelling following the national #recall of frozen berries http://goo.gl/QZE8Ap

Packets of frozen mixed berries, sold under the brands Nanna's and Creative Gourmet, have been recalled as health officials have linked several cases of Hepatitis A in Victoria and NSW to the consumption of the fruit sourced from China and Chile http://goo.gl/QZE8Ap

While consumers shouldn't have to use country of origin labelling as a proxy for food safety, we think Australians should be able to make informed choices at the supermarket, and a simplification of country of origin labelling is key to this. 

Do you pay attention to country of origin when shopping for groceries? Do you think we need clearer labelling laws?
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Yes, I look constantly, but find the results inconsistent, inconclusive, deceptive and indecipherable.

As a result I ignore generic brands (Coles & Woolies over my dead body) and when in doubt go for well known names if I cannot interpret the labels.

We need simple, plain and honest labeling. Most fruit and veg in my home comes from farmers markets, but here in Tassie, they are much easier to find. 
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#Cadbury Dairy Milk is up to its old tricks again with the announcement that it will reduce the size of its iconic family #chocolate block from 220g to 200g to save costs, whilst maintaining the same recommended retail price.

This isn't the first time Cadbury has upset consumers by shrinking pack sizes, with the market leader reducing its family chocolate blocks from 250 grams to 200 grams in 2009, then lifting it to 220g in 2013, and now back down to 200g.

We're reminding consumers to look at unit pricing when grocery shopping to ensure they're getting the most bang for their buck.

Have you noticed any other products with shrinking pack sizes on the supermarket shelves?
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It's all halal anyway, with the exception of snack bar. Which is why I don't buy it, and Australians should follow. 
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CHOICE is Australia’s leading independent consumer organisation. We conduct product reviews and tests in our state-of-the-art labs to empower consumers and we campaign to promote consumer rights. We are funded solely by our community of 180,000 members.