Category: Food and drink


CHUCK out those low-fat and “lite” groceries and get stuck into a far healthier meal of bacon and eggs — you’ve been fooled about fat.

A panel of global dietary experts, including Aussie ­nutritionist Christie Cronau, has declared that the modern fear of natural fats has turned people away from ­healthy foods and caused obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics worldwide.

“Low-fat products were supposed to make us slim and healthy but they’ve done the opposite,” said Ms Cronau, a signatory to the panel’s report to the UK ­National Obesity Forum.

“Eating fat doesn’t make you fat, saturated fat does not cause heart disease and low-fat food should be avoided because it makes us fat and sick,” she said.

The report turns popular thinking on its head with its advice to avoid foods marketed as low fat, lite and low cholesterol, and to limit refined carbohydrates.

“We need to go back to real foods and real fats,” Ms Cronau said. “Stop eating fake food and low-fat food that’s generally full of sugar. What we advise is a low-carb and high-fat diet.”

Source: Low-fat and ‘lite’ food making us sick, experts warn | HeraldSun

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Maria Strydom, 34, was among 30 climbers including her husband who fell ill or suffered from frostbite as they tried up the world’s tallest peak over the weekend.

She and her husband were planning to scale seven of the world’s peaks to prove vegans were not “malnourished and weak”.

But the South African academic tragically died after she was forced to turn back on the final leg of her epic journey.

She is also the third mountaineer to die in the first Everest climbing season since a major earthquake rocked Nepal last year.

Dr Strydom, a lecturer at Monash University in Mebourne, Australia, was an experienced climber who had previously scaled several vast mountain tops – inclusion Mount Ararat in Turkey.

Joined by husband Robert Gropel, the couple were attempting to climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents to disprove claims vegans often struggle with extreme activities.

In a post on her university’s website in March, she said: “It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak.

Source: Academic climbing Everest in vegan mission died before reaching summit | World | News | Daily Express

Coca-Cola is halting production of its namesake soft drink in Venezuela for the foreseeable future due to a shortage of sugar.

The US company says it is being forced to take the action because it has run out of the raw material.

Venezuela’s economy is teetering on the edge of collapse with widespread food shortages and inflation forecast to surpass 700%.

Last month, Venezuela’s largest food and drinks company, Empresas Polar, stopped production of beer because it was unable to obtain enough imported barley.

Last week Mr Maduro imposed a 60-day state of emergency giving extra powers to police and soldiers.

But analysts say that for many Venezuelans, the state of emergency is irrelevant as their daily life now involves spending hours waiting to buy scarce food and basic goods.

The situation in the country has got progressively worse. Last year the US designated Venezuela a danger to its national security.

On Friday, in response to the unrest, the President launched what he billed as the country’s biggest-ever military exercises.

Two days of drills included fly pasts by Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MK2 strike jets and state TV showed tanks and troops on manoeuvres.

The drill, codenamed “Independence 2016”, involves 520,000 soldiers and military personnel and is thought to be aimed at the United States, which Mr Maduro blames for most of his country’s problems.

There have been some reports of looting in Venezuela in recent weeks.

Foreign mediators have been in Caracas trying to arrange discussions between the government and the opposition to ease the political strife.

The Obama administration and governments in Latin America are backing moves by former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to defuse the increasingly tense standoff.

Source: Coca-Cola Forced To Stop Production In Venezuela

The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores.

The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times.

South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post even went so far as to speculate the reason behind exporting human meat is due to China’s overpopulation, suggesting the country is unable to find space to bury its dead.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming issued a statement on Chinese State Media, saying: “Today a local tabloid newspaper is openly spreading a rumour, claiming that the Chinese use human meat to make corned beef and sell it to Africa.

“This is completely a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us. We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation over such an act.”

Zambia’s deputy defence minister Christopher Mulenga has vowed the government will launch an investigation into the damaging reports.

He said: “The government of Zambia regrets the incident in view of the warm relations that exist between Zambia and China.

“We shall make sure that relevant government authorities will take up the investigations and give a comprehensive statement.”

Source: China denies exporting cans of human meat to African supermarkets | Africa | News | The Independent

 

Shut up! It may be okay to ask the Government to impose standards and regulate conditions but you cannot tell people what they can eat…

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‘ALESHA DIXON is making a heartfelt plea to animal lovers the world over to stop the scandal of China’s barbaric dog meat festival.

Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha appears with singer Will Young and rapper Professor Green in a heartbreaking film that highlights the cruelty and horror suffered by millions of cats and dogs stolen from the streets and butchered for their meat.

The dog loving celebrities star with their own pets to back a Humane Society International’s campaign to bring an end to the mass slaughter that climaxes this summer with the notorious Yulin Festival.’

How anyone can call the barbaric slaughter of thousands of helpless dogs and cats a festival is beyond me

Alesha Dixon

‘They make their appeals alongside harrowing footage that shows the full horror of the dog meat trade.

In one scene, a black dog is filmed being snatched off the streets and pulled into a van. Other scenes bring home the horror of the way cats and dogs suffer before being beaten to death for a bowlful of food.

Cuddling her own two cocker spaniels, Alesha looks close to tears as she pleas with the Chinese authorities to stop the slaughter of terrified and bewildered animals.

“How anyone can call the barbaric slaughter of thousands of helpless dogs and cats a festival is beyond me,” says Alesha as she sits with her dogs Rosie and Prince.’

Source: Alesha Dixon, Professor Green, Will Young band together in plea to stop Yulin festival | Nature | News | Daily Express

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