Friday, March 7, 2014

Remember when nuts were a no-no?

Now nuts are good for us and so is fat. Or to be more specific, almonds and their skins may selectively boost bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut, and of course most folk now distinguish between good fat and bad fat and those good fats include nuts, avocado, butter, olive oil, coconut oil (oh and yes, you will probably remember when that was a bad guy too)!

So if you’re confused you can bet your life you’re not nearly as confused as the marketing teams who have been flogging the no-fat, low-fat, reduced-fat horse for years and who are now required to put a different spin on things.

My advice...nature has put everything your body and brain need into the whole food, so a diet of whole, unadulterated food, grown on healthy soil, eaten fresh and when the food is in season. But how many of us can truthfully say our meals tick all of those boxes?

Therefore nutritional supplements definitely have a place, at any age or life stage, since they provide an ‘insurance policy’ when the reality of modern diets falls short of the ideal. And when you’re choosing supplements, you also need certainty about the research supporting the formulation, the source of the raw materials and the credentials of the manufacturer. I've blogged about a few of my very favourite products through the years - check 'em out!

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