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NZ Herald article: Switch that sandwich filling (from butter to margarine)

This article was published in the New Zealand Herald today. Here is my very quick response Switch that sandwich filling: study “Replacing the cheese in New Zealanders’ sandwiches with sesame seed paste could help to cut the nation’s rate of heart disease by 10 per cent, a new analysis indicates.” The Otago University researchers calculate, […]

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‘Carbohydrate’, ‘Sugar’, ‘Fat’ no wait ‘Meat kills you’ messages, no wonder we are all confused about nutrition!

I can’t help but be annoyed, saddened, driven nuts by so many conflicting nutrition messages out in the world. I’m not at all surprised people are so confused. Here is just a small selection from high profile Doctors with blogs promoting a particular viewpoint. Carbohydrates ‘kills’ message from Dr Ron Rosedale to prevent metabolic syndrome […]

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How much protein should I eat? Protein & fat amounts in fish, meat, eggs, poultry

Protein is absolutely essential. It supports numerous functions in our body; immune system, anti-oxidants, growth, fertility, intestinal integrity, neurotransmitters, enzymes, repair, maintenance and function of all organs and tissue including bone. Protein is also very important for appetite regulation. Here is an overview of critical functions: (Amino acids: metabolism, functions, and nutrition. Wu,G) Having adequate […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Or is it? European supermarket oils are rancid and fail the EVOO test

New Zealand imports 2.6 million litres of olive oil per year from Europe. If you (like me) buy your Spanish or Italian branded extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) at the supermarket thinking you are buying a quality product, you might be surprised at the results of recent tests. Fair Go – a New Zealand Consumer […]

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Beef and butter, a bad combination for your heart?

In this interesting study – beef was eaten with either saturated fat from dairy or monounsaturated fat, in the context of a low carb diet. Blood lipids were measured to see what difference the fat type made. In nutrition studies we used to hear all about saturated fat, and the positive effect of low saturated […]

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Omega 6 and 3 in nuts, oils, meat and fish. Tools to get it right.

(If you would like these omega 3& 6 chartsĀ  as a PDF, simply donate via paypal – at right – to get my paleo book sent to you – it also has carbohydrate charts and protein charts, plus 50 pages of other great practical paleo info like this) You are strict paleo, you eat nothing […]

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Scientist now saying sugar and refined grains, not fat are the cause of our ills

I know many of many of us having been saying this for the last 15 years, however this concept is being increasingly recognised by the mainstream. From the Los Angeles Times today, an article on how the tide is turning and more nutritional scientists are looking at excessive carbohydrates as being the problem for health […]

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Eggs could benefit type 2 diabetics on a high protein (Zone) diet

Egg consumption as part of an energy-restricted high-protein diet improves blood lipid and blood glucose profiles in individuals with type 2 diabetes (British Journal of Nutrition) This Australian study was specifically designed to test whether eating eggs and extra cholesterol had any effect on coronary heart disease (CHD) markers and blood sugar control in people […]

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EPA better than DHA Omega 3 When It Comes to Antidepressant Effects

A very interesting meta-analysis on what type of long chain Omega 3 – EPA or DHA, is most effective for treating depression. Why this is interesting is that many researchers have assumed that DHA is the most important long chain fatty acid for the brain because DHA is the primary structural component of brain tissue. […]

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How Safe is Trans fat free Margarine?

Some years ago margarine was made from vegetable oil hardened by a process called partial hydrogenation. The process involved bubbling hydrogen through vegetable oil with nickel shavings added as a catalyst, in order to force hydrogen atoms into the fat molecules to artificially saturate them so like natural saturated fats they set solid instead of […]

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