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Bringing the latest trends in food and health to the Shores of NZ
Bringing the latest trends in food and health to the Shores of NZ
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Food allergies can be a problem especially when you have young kids. From toddlers swings in moods, rashes, ongoing discomfort, and for some parents the concern of serious reactions.
Gluten is a common culprit as as nuts, dairy and wheat.
Luckily there a number alternatives when it comes to home baking, and more and more cafes are popping up in NZ that are more allergy friendly.
However going out with a group friends for dinner nowdays will usually have someone within the group making some requests for a specific meal.
Unfortunetly there are not too many solution for food allergies. For some people they just grow out of the problem. Hypnosis for food allergies has been used to help some people, especially if there are emotional triggers involved.
For others they become more sensitised to other food groups over time and the condition can worsen. For some people stress also seems to make the condition worse.
Two new gluten free flours can now be purchased in NZ
Ideal for pastry baking, cassava flour can be used to make delicious pastries, that taste as good, or if not better than white flour.
Banana flour is also great for , fruit loaves christmas cakes, carrot cakes and bran muffins.
While almond flour is still the go to flour for many gluten free substitute, the heaviness of the flour due to it being made from nuts can be off putting to some people.
The traditional food pyramid is being looked at by governments around the world and different recommendations are coming in to place. Of course in the US they no longer use a food pyramid and has been replaced with a food plate. The general trend is reducing carbohydrates and sugars in diets, and increasing vegetables. For The New Zealand governments current nutritional guidelines check here.
A lot of debate rages around fat, good fats bad fats and how official government nutritional guidelines should be in this regard.
Overall sugar is on the way out, and carbohydrates especially grains are becoming a smaller part of our diet.
When looking for an alternative to pasta, kelp noodles can do the trick. For a crunchy taste simply eat raw to have them more traditional boil and then eat.
Another alternative to pasta is cauliflower.With cauliflower it is best to grate it, then boil, add some butter and whip. Is it as nice as the real thing? Not quite, but with a bit of gravy on top or mixed int with a potato top pie it all tastes pretty good.
Of course you also want to look at cutting back manufactured products, and add as much clean wholesome food into your diet as possible.
When it comes to the importation of health products, there are some that fall on the divide of health care products, supplements and consumables.
And the legislative requirements for these are different. How you then present and market your product is going to depend on the uses you prescribed for it. If you are looking to market your product a a dietary supplement you will want to make a start by checking these websites Med Safe and if looking to import food supplements and oils here as well
A common product that falls into al three categories are oils. Coconut oils, and black seed oil . While coconut oil can be used straight for the jar for skin beauty and also health. Attention needs to be paid to oils such as black cumin seed that can be divided into edible grade and non edible grade. As a skin care product, as a food to cook with or a health supplement.
If you want to just import fresh coconuts and make the products yourself you are going to have to meet a number of requirements.
Importing legislation, rules and standards about fresh coconut are to be found here:
Alternatively and much more likely you can look to import packaged coconut oils, butters, and coconut drinks. Either producing them over seas or an easier way is buy in bulk and then repackage in NZ.
Commonly imported coconut products into NZ are coconut oils, and coconut flour, less well know products are coco not soy coconut aminos
There are many benefits to coconut products but be aware of changes to upcoming labelling standards being introduced in 2016 and how these benefits can be advertised.
Well known countries to source coconut products from are Fiji and Thailand
The implementation of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code is almost here. However if you are a food manufacturer no need to panic as the new rating system being implemented is going to be voluntary.
Details of the new food rating star system can be found here.
How helpful a voluntary system is going to be to consumers is up for question.
How many food items are we likely to see with just 1 star. I am guessing none.
A quick comparison of some products rated by the star system in Australia, have items such asgreek yogurt labeled unhealthy compared to liqource and chips given 4 stars. There is a lot of room for improvement for this system if it is ever going to be of benefit to consumers.
With increasing rates of obesity, and illnesses such as diabetes linked to high sugar consumption, is it time to start taxing it.
The health affects from sugar seem obvious and thinking of sugar as the next tobacco of our times is not a far fetched idea.
This isn’t about is sugar bad.
Its time to decide as a society what we nee to do about it.
Nanny State vrs Freedom of choice.
The government intervening can be a purely rational economic one, if sugar is costing the health system then sugar should start paying for it. But there are other good reasons to intervene.
When the general populace just wouldn’t know better.
The problem with sugar is it is in everything. So when kids choose the muesli bar over the chocolate bar, the hot dog and sauce over the lollies. You would think we should be congratulating them. Except have you ever checked the amount of sugar in a most muesli bars, hot dogs, and sauce. Might as well just have eaten the junk food. Unless you are going through the ingredients and viewing the nutritional information with a magnifying glass or using a health food site like Food Compass, you are not going to be aware you just added a great big tablespoon of sugar and poured it over your food.
The low cast of sugar gives manufactures an easy way to add volume to a product. A tax eliminates this and forces manufactures of food to think about it another way.
Adding sugar to food is an arms race between manufactures each trying to out do the other. The truth is, if we reduced the amount of sugar in everything, Our taste bastes would find everything a whole lot sweeter again. Government taxing sugar could help put a stop to manufacturers trying to out sweeten each other and the race to create the sweetest products.
But Taxes distort the market.
That is the whole point. The market is already distorted. When the the aim of food manufactures is to make profits. The aim of a giovenrment should be to have ahealthy society. Does this take away freedom of choice.
No. Because if you really wanted more sugar in your tomato sauce you can always sprinkle some extra on yourself.
Craving for sugary delights is normal for us and we try to grab a candy bar or cookie to curb this feeling. But, all this sugar can be really bad for your health. Too much sugar can give you instant energy boost but also make you prone to many different diseases.
To give you a clearer picture, here is the list of bad things sugar do to your body:
OK, we know you heard this million times from your mother not to eat too much sugar, but we still repeat it for you. Eating sugar based junk food contains a lot of calorie and absolutely no nutrients. This is the reason why sugar is termed as Zero Nutrient. Sugar is bad teeth as it sticks in your mouth and becomes food for bacteria which cause tooth decay, plaque, and bad breath.
To give you a clear picture on why sugar is bad for you, let’s understand the sugar in more scientific way. Sugar is made of glucose and fructose. Glucose is produced by our body and thus any kind of glucose obtained from food is turned into fat which gets deposited on liver. Fructose cannot be produced by our body and when we consume fruits, it gets easily digested by our liver. So, if you lead an inactive lifestyle, it’s advisable to eat lot of fructose than glucose as sugar will deposit in your liver and harm your body.
As discussed above, too much sugar gets deposited in your liver and coverts into fat. Now, some fats gets out of the body but few remains in the liver which can cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. If you want your liver to function in the best way for longer period of time, limit your junk food and sugar intake starting from today.
Insulin is a type of hormone in our body which helps glucose to dissolve in our blood stream and turn them into energy. But eating too much sugar can disrupts the function of pancreas which is responsible for the release of insulin hormone. This is the reason why too much of glucose can lead you to diabetes. Also, insulin imbalance can give you obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.
If you consume sugar for a longer period of time, your insulin becomes resistance to glucose. This imbalance put a pressure on your liver and pancreas to dissolve glucose in blood stream. Such elevated sugar can cause type II diabetes. In such cases, a person can suffer from kidney failure, liver failure, or even hemorrhage.
Today, nearly 80% of world population are threatened by cancer. In this disease there is uncontrolled growth and multiplication of damaged cells. Insulin is said to be a major key to control hormone in our body. Once the insulin gets imbalance, our body faces high risk of getting cancer.
A theory was conducted by scientists which proved that eating junk food can imbalance your hormones and make you dumb. People who consume a lot of sugar tends to get hungry rather fast and also function of their brain is much slower compared to a healthy person. So, if someone is commenting of you being dumb, it’s time to check on what you eat.
There are many people in the world who are addicted to sugar because of the release of dopamine in your body. Sugar and junk food give a massive rush of dopamine in your system which affects your brain. This is the reason why children get too attached to junk food and becomes obese at a very small age. People who consume too much sugar are tend to be more lethargic, moody and gets irritated fast when they don’t get their sugar intake.
Obesity has become a worldwide phenomenon and this is affecting the younger generation in the worst sort of way. Sugar can be so addictive among young children that they lose their control over food consumption. With the lack of physical activity, sugar gets deposited in body and leads to obesity.
We have already blamed Saturated Fats enough for the rise in the Cholesterol Level. However, a new research shows that Sugar is equally responsible for the rise of Cholesterol level in human body which leads to many heart diseases. If you are having trouble in doing the basic chores, it’s time to check your sugar intake and cholesterol level.
Coconut flour is simply dried , ground up coconut meat. At the supermarket you may find high refined, ultra-white coconut flour, but the real good stuff will be like actual coconut, slightly cream coloured, rather than bone white. To find good quality coconut flour you will most likely have to go to a speciality health food store such as Farro or a health online food store like Food Compass. You may find you can also make your own at home with a food processor. But without a grain mill you’ll likely have troubles getting a ‘floury’ consistency,
In a baking recipe, when using coconut flour the first thing you may notice is how little you actually require. Tropical flavour profile of coconut flour works best in baking and desert recipes, although it can be also used as a batter and also to thicken sauces and gravies. The subtle coconut flour acts great with sweet flavours, so it is suited to batter shrimp or seafood but would be less appealing in a savoury recipe such as beef stew. As far as cooking is concerned, coconut flour renders lovely cakes, quick breads, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, but can lead to softer-textured pie crusts and cookies. Because it is usually very dense and filling, it makes the best texture in quick breads and layer cakes.
Whether you are a good baker or not, you can always appreciate a good taste. Fairly light, and slightly sweet , coconut bread made from coconut flour should do wonders. It is also apparent that coconut flour can be incorporated with wheat flour in order to enhance the health benefits of bread. You can also use hypoallergenic coconut flour which contains a pleasant taste, slightly nutty and mildly sweet, renders more protein than wheat flour and ten times morw fibre.
Sprinkle these with berries and honey/butter, pack up some bacon and eggs for a Primal breakfast burrito, or just eat them simple. This one is extremely easy to make. The usual batter made out of coconut flour lends itself well to improvisation.
The chicken and coconut taste are a bond made in heavens. This recipe is listed in the list of favourite recipes that people opt for. Coconut crusted chicken strips or coconut crusted chicken tenders, sounds very tasty right? The best thing about this recipe is that it is also one of the healthiest chicken recipe you’ll ever come across.