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Paradigm Shift – Nutrition

by | NUTRITION

Nutrition these days can be so confusing – trying to eat healthy is a minefield of conflicting information. So we thought we would bust a couple of myths around common foods.

 

The old Butter vs Margarine debate! 

Let’s cut straight to the point – Butter offers several health benefits that margarine does not. Butter is a natural product made from cream that has been churned to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. Butter is a source of important fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, E, and K, which are essential for overall health. These vitamins play a crucial role in supporting immune function, promoting healthy skin, and maintaining proper blood clotting. Butter also contains beneficial fatty acids such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and butyrate, which have been linked to improved heart health, reduced inflammation, and enhanced gut health. 

Eat natural fats at every meal.  Fat is essential for building & repair of nerve tissue, cell membranes, the production of hormones & helps the liver detox.

Apart from butter some other good sources of fat are ghee, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fish & cod liver oils for essential omega 3, eggs, avocados and bone broth.

By contrast, Margarine is a processed food product that is typically made from vegetable oils, emulsifiers, and additives. The process of making margarine involves hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oils into solid fats to create a spreadable consistency. During hydrogenation, trans fats can be formed, which are known to increase  bad cholesterol levels and raise the risk of heart disease. Additionally, margarine often contains preservatives, artificial flavours, and colours to enhance its taste and appearance. Butter is a more natural and minimally processed option compared to margarine, making it a healthier choice for overall wellbeing. 

And to top it all off butter tastes way better! 

 

‘Cows milk is the best source of Calcium’

While milk is often spoken about as a primary source of calcium, there are other foods that can provide this essential mineral in equal or even greater amounts. Some examples of non-dairy sources of calcium include leafy green vegetables like kale and broccoli, fortified plant-based milk alternatives such as almond milk or soy milk, nuts and seeds like almonds and chia seeds, and canned fish with bones like sardines or salmon.

While cow’s milk is a good source of calcium and protein, it can also cause issues for some individuals. Some people are lactose intolerant, meaning they have difficulty digesting the sugar (lactose) found in milk. This can lead to symptoms like bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Additionally, some people may have a cow’s milk allergy, which can cause more severe reactions such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
Some studies have suggested a possible link between cow’s milk consumption and certain health conditions like acne, eczema, and prostate cancer, although more research is needed to fully understand these relationships.

These people may have had an undiagnosed cow’s milk protein allergy as babies which can manifest as a very unsettled baby with eczema. The best solution is for the mother to cut all dairy from her diet while continuing to breast feed as the dairy free formula alternatives are unpalatable at best.

It is important to consume a variety of calcium-rich foods to ensure you are meeting your daily calcium needs to promote overall bone health, muscle function, nerve transmission and prevent conditions like osteoporosis. 

A couple of handy rules when food shopping are:

– buy seasonal and local fruits and veggies
– stay away from the centre aisles of the supermarket as that’s where the food like products are kept and these are highly processed and contain more additives and preservatives than the fresher foods around the outside.
– find a good butcher and buy small amounts of high quality meats
– learn to cook and teach your children how to cook.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food ~Hippocrates

About the author
Hi! I’m Gabby. I’m a chiropractor and I’m on a mission to teach others how to look after their bodies in meaningful ways by making small lifestyle changes that will have a big impact over time. I help people to create peace in their own body. Find me on Facebook and in my practice ‘Buderim Chiropractic’.

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