The Alternative To Carbs

healthy-green-appleThe 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.

Food, Oils, Health Care, and Supplements.

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.



Importing Coconut Products Into NZ

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:

Importing Plants

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

New Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code is getting closer

The implementation of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code is coming closer. However no need to panic as the new rating system being implemented is going to be voluntary. If you are selling, distributing food there is a lot of things you need to get informed about. Some useful links to start reading are below.

New Standards can be found here.

And subsequent changes made to it here

What the changes were about can be read here

Some Other useful links here,

The new food rating star system

The new star ratings calculator

What  currently needs to be included on the

Nutritional label in NZ

Approved additives for foods in NZ

Easier Read Food Regulation in NZ


time to tax sugar

Should We Tax Sugar

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.

Sugar – The nuclear arms race of your taste buds

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.

 Progressive Health

10 Reasons Why Sugar is Bad for Your Body

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:

Zero Nutrient Sugar Harms Your Teeth:

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.

Sugar is Overload on Liver

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.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease by Sugar:

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.

Sugar Leads to Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes:

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.

Insulin Resistance in Your body:

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.

Cancer Formation in Body:

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.

Bad Effects on Hormone and Brain:

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.

Sugar can be Addictive:

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.

Leads to Obesity among Adults and Children:

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.

Boost Cholesterol That Leads To Heart Disease:

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 The Up Coming Star In Home Cooking

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,

Using Coconut Flour For Baking

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.

Coconut Flour Baking Ideas

Coconut Bread

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.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

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.

Coconut Crusted Chicken

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.

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5 Great Uses For Cacao Butter


Cacao butter is extracted from cacao seeds. It looks yellowish, tastes bland and is filled with creamy fat. Cacao butter is a raw natural fat obtained from cacao seeds is rich in antioxidants and has been known to effectively fight the free radicals which are responsible for the occurrence of cancer. Asides its many nutritional benefits, it is also a vital ingredient in some cosmetic products such as moisturizers and lotions, as well as been present in chocolate.

It is also the ingredient in chocolate responsible for its melting when in the mouth along with the generally satisfying feeling that accompanies it.

Cacao Butter Helps With Skin.

which is also referred to as Theobroma is a natural preservative and has been found to play a role in the enhancement of the elasticity of the skin. This particular property is the reason for its wide use in the production of creams which prevent the appearance of stretch marks as well as skin smoothening. It is therefore a popular ingredient in body products used by women as it is also effective in the correction of skin issues and dermatitis. 

Cacao Butter Contain Antioxidants

Research has also shown that the several antioxidants which are present in cacao butter have a way of preventing free radicals which are destructive to the skin from carrying out these destructive tendencies. These free radicals are formed in the body while it metabolizes through the energy generates from the ingestion of glucose. They basically destroy the skins cells making them age through wrinkling and drying up of the cells. This process is known as oxidation. The antioxidants in cacao butter therefore neutralize these radicals,

Caco Butter Has Vitamin A,C,E

Some of the highly effective antioxidants found in Cacao butter include Vitamins A, C and E. In terms of strength, Vitamin E is the strongest of them all and is known to be effective in killing the most active oxidizing agents such as Hydrogen Peroxide. Some photochemical like flavonoids are also present in cacao butter and the high antioxidant property which it possesses is more than that found in even blueberries. In truth, the effect of cacao butter on the skin, which is evident when rubbed in to the skin making contact with skin cells is one of awe, as it goes as far as damaging free radicals before their production.

The harmful effects of Ultra Violet light have also been well documented in the past. Cacao butter also plays a huge part in ensuring that skin degradation is reduced in this respect. When discussing the minerals present in Cacao butter, the list is endless. From Calcium, Zinc, Manganese and Copper, to Potassium, Magnesium and Iron, all these are readily present. The neurotransmitter, serotonin and can be said to be a great brain food as much as it is great for the skin.