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Oct
28
2014

The Importance of Dietary Fibre



A lot of people experience problems with their digestion, but few may know that these problem may be due to insufficient intake of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre is a carbohydrate that the body cannot digest or absorb, it passes through the digestive track, the colon and out of the body. Fibre is mostly found in plant sources such as vegetables, grains and legumes.

Fibre plays a vital role in digestive health. As fibre moves through the digestive track it carries various toxins with it. This can reduce the risk of developing haemorrhoids and diverticular disease. People who have high fibre diets also protect them self against heart disease due to lowering total blood cholesterol levels.  

Due to fibre slowing down the digestive process it leaves you feeling fuller for longer and thus reducing snacking. High fibre foods also tend to be less dense in calories and therefore can lead to weight loss.

It is important to know how much dietary fibre you should have in your diet. Per day your intake should be around 25 grams. A good source of dietary fibre are Australian Eatwell vegetable burgers and sausages. Just one serving of Australian Eatwell’s Red Lentil Vegie Burgers contains just below half of the recommended fibre needed per day. 

Sep
21
2014

choosing organic over mass produced foods?

Many people argue the question of why choose organic foods when there is a regular option that contains exactly the same amount of nutritional benefits as the more expensive organic option? In this blog we will be discussing the differences of the two sources of foods, not just the effects on our health but also on the environment. 

Firstly both sources of foods have the same nutritional benefits but there are other factors that separate the two in regards to health. Organic foods prevent people from ingesting pesticides and insecticides that are commonly found in commercial products. It is also suggested that the excessive use of chemicals in food ca be linked to increases health problems and the development of children.

Environmental effects are the greatest differences between the two. Organic foods protect the planet, sustainable farming ensure bio-diversity remains and that the future of food production isn’t compromised. Commercial growing limits the variety of each food available because mass production only occurs in certain varieties.

Commercial farming and organic foods also have different effects on animals. On organic farms the livestock are able to live the way free animals would, they are given more space to act as a regular animal would. Commercial farming restricts the room for the animals this leads to spreading of diseases which leads to regular doses of antibiotics needed to combat the illnesses.

As you can see the differences are more associated with our environment rather than our health. You can’t be made to eat organic food, it is more of a preference or a moral choice.

Sep
21
2014

Consequences of an unbalance diet?

As discussed in previous blogs it is very import for the functioning of our bodies to consume a healthy and balanced diet that includes all the essential nutrients. The most well know effects of an unbalanced diet are weight gain or being malnourishment, but there are other less know but just as harmful effects of an unbalanced diet.

Electrolyte Imbalance:

Electrolytes are chemical compounds, in the human body they are associated with the nervous system and sending electrical impulses as instructions for the body to operate. Common electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate. There are several effects of not getting these essential electrolytes in your body. For example not eating certain fruits may lead to a deficiency in potassium which can lead to heart problems such as an irregular heartbeat.

Immune System Weakness:

a strong immune system requires a diet rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc. If it doesn’t receive these nutrients then there will be a deficiency in white blood cells and thus leaving the body vulnerable to bacteria and infection. The body gets the needed nutrients to protect itself from foods such as green leafy vegetables and carrots.

Mental Health:

As well as our physical health an unbalanced diet can affect our mental health. For example Vitamin D which aids in the production and transmission of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, if not consumed can contribute to depression. Sources of vitamin D include fish, dairy and eggs.

As you can see it is important to keep a balanced diet as to avoid any negative side effects and to stay healthy.