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Facts and Figures


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. 


Vegetarianism in Australia

Unfortunately Australia’s largest statistics organisation, The Australian Bureau of Statistics, has little information on the number of vegetarians in Australia. Despite the limited statistics about vegetarianism there is still information and polls that have been collected that can give us a rough indication of the situation in Australia.

A Pound of Flesh Poll:

In 2010 a phone survey was undertaken from a sample of 1202 Australian. The survey found that 5% of Australians said they were vegetarian while 1% said they were vegan. Of the 5% of vegetarians 3% said they sometimes ate meat.

One of the most interesting facts was 99% of people were against animal cruelty even though most of them ate animal products that came from cruel, intensive farming practises.

Sanitarium Vegetarian Study:

This study went more in depth with its figures and questions. It was conducted among 1200 Australian over the age of 18. The findings are below.

-        44% of Australians report eating at least one meat-free evening meal per week

-        2% of Australians report being vegetarian

-        18% of Australians said they preferred vegetarian meals

-        29% of Australians said they don’t eat vegetarian meals

-        The highest trend of vegetarian eating was in young Australians (18-24)

-        Western Australia agreed they were eating more vegetarian meals

-        Half agreed that it is hard to find a good variety of vegetarians meals when eating out

These two polls and others show that there might be more vegetarians in Australia then you think. Even though those eating meat still obviously outnumber those who are not, it is interesting to know that the number of people in Australia that are starting to eat one or more meat-free meals a week in rising.   


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.