Fat vs Sugar: what’s worse for you?

By Louise Belle BHSc (Nut Med), from Cabot Health

We live in a society where we are constantly exposed to conflicting health information from the media, health coaches, online blogs, the 5-star rating system, and food labels which use words such as ‘fat-free’, ‘organic’, and ‘natural’, which can often be misleading.

There is a constant movement between different diet fads where we are made to believe that following a certain type of diet is the way to go, only for a new trend to take its place not long after. I think that the greatest debate, and probably the most controversial is between fat and sugar.

  • Should you choose low-fat products to prevent heart disease or choose low-sugar products to prevent diabetes?
  • Which is worse for you?
  • Should you avoid them completely?

Let’s start with fat:

For over 40 years, we have been scared into thinking that if we eat too many eggs, or use too much olive oil that we will end up with heart disease. This caused an influx of low-fat and fat-free products to hit the shelves, with consumers choosing low-fat version of their favourite foods in fear of having too much cholesterol.

The reality is, these low-fat products usually have added sugar to make up for the lack of fat and they are less likely to fill you up. This may shock you, but cholesterol is actually beneficial for us. Our bodies needs cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, bile salts and it helps to protect our brain.

Good fats

The ‘Good fats’ which are unsaturated, are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, are anti-inflammatory to the body, support healthy joints, improve cognition, nourish the skin, support healthy cholesterol (HDL) and maintain flexible veins and arteries. These good fats are found in fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, olives and olive oil and eggs.

Bad fats

The ‘bad fats’ which are trans fats and some saturated fats are the ones that increase bad (LDL) cholesterol in the body, cause inflammation in the body and are a risk factor for heart disease. These types of fats are generally unstable and damaged, including cooking oils, margarine, deep fried foods, biscuits and processed and preserved meats.

Now, let’s talk about sugar:

Food companies sneak sugar into most processed products, often disguising it under other names such as glucose, high fructose corn syrup, golden syrup, rice syrup and dextrose, so the average reader is unaware.

sugar versus fat which is worse for you

Have a look at those muesli bars that you buy- some of them contain three, four or even five different forms of sugar, listed under these alias names. You may not realise that the white bread, white rice and white pasta you consume on a regular basis are also sugars.

When these are digested, they cause a spike in blood glucose levels just like sugar would.

Fruit is a little different, as it is high in fibre which slows the absorption of the sugar and it is packed with nourishing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which offer a lot of health benefits. Having your fruit with some protein, such as a handful of nuts is even better.

When sugar is consumed it is rapidly absorbed in the blood stream and causes a surge in blood glucose. To counteract this, excess insulin is secreted which causes blood glucose levels to drop. You then crave another hit of sugar for energy and the cycle continues. Some of the sugar is used as an energy source, but the excess sugar is broken down by the liver and stored as fat.

The regular exposure of excess sugar leads to insulin resistance and is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. It is also inflammatory to the body, can contribute to high blood pressure and can cause excess weight gain. Sugar offers no health benefit to your body.

It is important to note, that just because something is labelled as ‘sugar free’ does not mean that it is healthy for you. Many of these products contain artificial sweeteners that are accompanied by their own negative health effects.

Natural sweeteners

Products that contain natural sweeteners such as stevia, maltitol, erythritol and inulin are safe to use. These are combined together in Nature Sweet Sugar Substitute (available from Inner Origin), which acts as a great alternative to using sugar in your beverages or baking.

So, what’s the verdict?

Fat vs sugar, which is worse for your health?

I think it’s pretty obvious at this point, that sugar takes the cake with this one.

With no health benefits and a range of potential health complications that may arise from regular sugar intake, a transition towards fat and away from sugar should be priority.

If your daily diet looks something like this- white toast with jam and a tea with sugar for breakfast, a sandwich and flavoured milk for lunch, pasta with a side of soft drink for dinner, and a few biscuits or a chocolate bar as a snack, then you should really make adjustments to your diet.

Don’t be afraid to eat eggs for breakfast, to drizzle extra virgin olive oil over your salad, or to snack on an avocado – fat is good for you!

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Top 6 organic baby products being used by adults

Nature’s Child was born in Byron Bay, north coast of NSW. This 100% ACO Certified Organic Baby Skincare range, including organic cotton accessories is now available at the InnerOrigin Store. Before you think you don’t need to know about baby products for lack of a little one in your home, think again, because it turns out a few of these best sellers have a huge adult following.


1. NATURE’S CHILD ORGANIC BABY POWDER

As the only fully ACO Certified Organic Baby or Body Powder on the shelves right now for adults or babies, discerning customers are choosing the silky soft baby powder for themselves! Powder is the ultimate body product to prevent chafing and reduce moisture fast so while it is ideal at nappy change time. Many adults use baby powder after showering as part of a personal care routine so next time you are running low, grab a tube and discover how much softer this one is than most powders on the market.

2. NATURE’S CHILD ORGANIC WONDER BALM

Suitable to assist with all itching, rashes, dry skin, dry lips, dribble chins and burns. Wonder Balm has become the adult staple in many houses that need just one healing balm for the many skin incidents that happen in every family. Oncology patients are finding it helpful for lip sores and rough skin. It is the perfect new baby present still by the way for every bump and scratch that any family with a new baby and toddlers understands.

3. NATURE’S CHILD ORGANIC COTTON BABY WIPES DELUXE

The softness will blow you away. Made for fresh newborn skin, the soft towelling on one side and brushed flannel on the other has meant these are the most affordable and durable face washers on the market. At least this is how adults are adapting them. The Pkt 4 is ideal for your family for any occasion.

4. NATURE’S CHILD ORGANIC BOTTOM BALM

It can help to relieve skin itches to help you get through any skin problem. Your naturopath should be consulted if you have an itchy bottom as it usually indicates fungal or yeast allergies or it could be parasites leaving your body during a detox. If your anus is itching regularly, see your naturopath as you may have a Gluten sensitivity or other reason that your GP is not able to diagnose.

5. NATURE’S CHILD ORGANIC BABY WASH

This is exactly what I use as my hand wash at my bathroom sink so I should not have been surprised when I heard adults were loving it too. Why would I use another product when I have made the purest and best? I love the pump, it is easy to use and I love the silky feel that these simple 4 ingredients create. If you like smells, add 3 – 6 drops of your favourite essential oil to the bottle and shake.

6. NATURE’S CHILD ORGANIC BABY MASSAGE OIL

Do you find your legs are very dry? Especially on your shins? I find a quick rub on my arms and legs gets them soft quickly without the greasy feeling. If you feel greasy then you are using too much. Dry shins and legs are common in adults who don’t have enough yummy fats in their internal bodies. Consume Flaxseed or Hemp oil or Coconut Oil to moisturise your tummy while using this in small amounts on the outside until the dryness fades.

Our babies are born pure, lets keep them pure with certified organic baby products. Jannine says “our babies are born pure so it just makes sense to use the very best and very purest on their skin. All parents want this but many are hoodwinked by the green washing on fake organic products in our supermarkets. Discerning, educated customers know better and now trust platforms such as InnerOrigin for real truth on labeling.”

Nature’s Child is a 100% ACO Certified Organic Baby Skincare range is the first of its kind in glass bottles and cardboard packaging for complete purity. Our ingredients and packaging meet our strict criteria of ZERO WASTE – ZERO HARM which is our vision for a better planet for our babies to inherit.

Blog post provided by Nature’s Child available at Inner Origin

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About Organic Sol Ghee and Rice [Recipe]

So what is Ghee? And why should you put Ghee into your diet

Organic Sol Ghee, uses Ghee that is made from butter that has been clarified to remove all the milk solids and moisture. This careful process turns the butter into a pure, golden cooking oil with many nutritional benefits and medicinal qualities.

The removal of the milk solids and casein enables ghee to be shelf stable and not require refrigeration. Generally people who are lactose intolerant usually have no problems consuming ghee.

Ghee does not contain any nasty trans fats, it is indeed a healthy fat. In India, Ghee has always been a sacred and celebrated symbol of nourishment, healing and auspiciousness; especially in the daily rituals of worship
and cooking.

Ghee brings out flavour and especially with herbs and spices. Many of the medicinal properties of herbs and spices can be absorbed, and transported to targeted areas of the body with ghee.

Ayurveda, the ‘science of life’ in India, recognises Ghee as an essential part of a balanced diet, and considers it to be the best fat one can eat. You can use Ghee in place of any cooking oil – Ghee has a very high ‘smoke point’ or heating temperature making it ideal for frying.

Since it cooks at a higher point than almost any other oil, it won’t break into free radicals like other ones. Free radicals can potentially be harmful to one’s health, and when an oil smokes, it can be hazardous to a person’s respiratory system if constantly breathed in.

Ghee is shelf stable so can be stored in the cupboard, however you are still able to store in the fridge if you prefer.

Sol Ghee is made from butter from Grass fed only dairy cows. The Certified Organic Ghee is made from butter from grass fed cows from a certified organic dairy farm. Ghee is a healthy fat rich in vitamins such as Vitamins A,
D, E, and K. These vitamins are important for promoting bone and brain health, and for boosting the immune system.

Ghee made From Grass-Fed Cows Contains CLA – Conjugated linoleic acid or CLA is higher in grass-fed beef and in products made from their milk.

While research is still diving into the benefits of CLA, initial studies indicate that it may help to reduce tumors, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and actually lower body fat.

organic sol ghee products

Ghee Contains Butyrate, an Essential Short-Chain Fatty Acid. Butyrate, or butyric acid, is a short-chain fatty acid that acts as a detoxifier and improves colon health. It’s been shown to support healthy insulin levels, is an antiinflammatory, and may be helpful for individuals suffering from IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

So many great health benefits from Ghee, too many to mention, but it is also so versatile in cooking. I use in place of any cooking oil but find it particularly delicious when frying mushrooms or tomatoes. Its great for baking your potatoes, to fry eggs, and of course to fry any pastes at the start of any of your curry dishes.

My kids favourite is Ghee pasta… simply boil your pasta and stir thru ghee until melted. It creates a lovely buttery pasta dish. And I always add to my steamed rice which I have with my Dhal or curry…See my recipe below! Enjoy!

sol ghee rice recipe

Perfect Sol Ghee Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup of Basmati Rice
2 cups of water
1 tbsp of Sol Ghee

Basmati rice is easy to digest, full of nutrients and balances all three Dosha’s. I like to use organic basmati rice where possible, organic always tastes better!

Method:

Wash the rice three times, add boiling water and a tablespoon of Sol Ghee, stir thru. Simmer on low temp with a lid on for 15-20 minutes. You can even add
another spoonful at the end for a more buttery taste. You will never taste rice better!

Serves 2-3.

Gluten Free, Vegan

Blog post provided by Jennie Sarson of Sol Ghee Byron Bay

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Cheese is still NOT cheese

This article is an extract from a newsletter in which I subscribe, written by Nick Hodge of the Outsider Club. These details I felt are relevant to Inner Origin and the truth on label guarantee as transparency is paramount for products to be in the Inner Origin store.


Cheese is still not cheese.

This is something I’ve written about to you before, now with a new twist. It started last year when a company called Castle Cheese came under fire for distributing fake parmesan after a fired employee tipped off the Food & Drug Administration.

A subsequent investigation found that “no parmesan cheese was used to manufacture” the company’s Market Pantry brand of parmesan cheese. It was made with several other cheeses and wood pulp to save money.

The irony?

It was being marketed as “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese.” And this wasn’t some small snafu. The fake cheese was being sold through Target and via Associated Wholesale Grocers, which supplies 3,400 retail stores in 30 states.

A subsequent investigation by Bloomberg News found that several national brands were selling 100% Grated Parmesan cheese that had high levels of wood pulp. Wal-Mart’s Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese was 7.8% wood pulp. Kraft’s was 3.8% wood pulp.

Lots of lawsuits ensued… And last week over 50 of them were simultaneously thrown out of court by U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman. The lawsuits alleged that touting “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” was deceptive since the cheese contained large amounts of fillers. Kraft Heinz, Jewel-Osco parent company Albertsons, and other large retailers and manufacturers were the defendants.

The judge sided with big business, writing in his ruling that these kinds of “labeling and marketing, when viewed as a whole … are not deceptive.”

The point here is that in Bizarro World, cheese that is 92.2% parmesan is close enough to 100%. And a U.S. court will uphold corporations’ ability to lie about it.

You think if we took 7.8 cents out of every dollar Judge Feinerman earned he would rule that he was getting 100% of his salary?

100% cheese not being 100% is fake. Unless a judge says otherwise.

You can follow Nick on Twitter @nickchodge

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