Low in Fat, High in Lies

You know the drill. You’re walking down the supermarket aisle, trying to decide what to buy for breakfast that’s easy and quick to eat so you can sleep an extra ten minutes. Toast is out (isn’t there some fad thing about gluten?), the cereal section crushes your heart (it’s too hard to guess which ones sneak sultanas in) and suddenly you see it at the end in the freezer: yoghurt! So you stroll your cart on over and try to pick something that won’t ruin your diet- oh look, one’s 99% fat free.

The problem with this is many brands will add in sugar and flavourings in order to better the taste- because once they remove the fats, it tastes gross. Whilst too much saturated fat is bad for you and your heart, the trans-fats that companies replace this with is damaging is also bad for us and our cholesterol. To make foods low in fat, companies replace saturated fats with trans-fats (through changing the oil structure within the food), as well as adding sugar, flour and salt. This is problematic because, not only does the food most likely have as many carbs as the original version, but your body is now experiencing blood sugar cravings- making you eat more of the low fat food to combat this. All of this sugar also comes with its own set of health warnings: it can lead to obesity which we know is linked to diabetes, as well as the standard heart and high cholesterol issues.

So the solution here, as recommended by many nutritionists and health associations, is to consume a healthy amount of “good fats”. These can be described as monosaturated fats (which are found in oils made from olives, canola, peanuts, safflower and sesame). Another “good fat” is polyunsaturated fats (which are found in oils made from soybeans, corn and sunflowers as well as in fish like mackerel, salmon, trout and herring). The most important part of beating this myth is to check your food labelling: if an item has “low fat” and subsequently has high sodium, sugar or trans-fats levels then it is no better for you than its regular counterpart.

Get Egg-cited

And no, we won’t apologise for the pun, because eggs are back.

It was a rough day for everyone when eggs were put on the no-go list; what were we supposed to eat for breakfast, bran flakes? No thank you. But all that worry is behind us, because this myth is busted. Eggs are not inherently bad for, in fact they provide your body with a lot of helpful unsaturated fats that work to unclog arteries. Yes, even the yolk is back on the good menu; put away the shame you feel when you eat a bacon and egg sandwich.

The myth is so pesky because egg yolks are high in cholesterol, and everyone knows that having high cholesterol is the quick way to a heart attack. The problem is that consuming large amounts of cholesterol does not mean that your blood will have a high amount of cholesterol, because that’s the human body for you. What causes high cholesterol is, in fact, large amounts of saturated fats, which are found in other fun things like butter and take-away. The truth is, when you eat more cholesterol, your body produces less of it, and that’s a good thing. So eggs are exactly what you need to keep those levels down.

There is some sad news, however. If you’re already suffering from high cholesterol, you’re going to need to watch how many bacon and egg sandwiches you have. Eating too many eggs when you already have problems with your cholesterol are just going to make it worse, sadly. So to embrace our rekindled love with eggs, we’re ranking some of our favourite ways to eat them!

  1. Omelette

Often quick and easy to make (you can add quite literally anything to your omelette), this is        a good way to start the day.

  1. Scrambled

Ranked this low on the list because it’s not the prettiest thing to see in the morning, but it sure tastes good.

  1. Hard boiled

Nature’s solution to man’s greatest struggle, figuring out how to prepare an egg that they can have for lunch.

  1. Quiche

It mixes two of the best ingredients: eggs and pastry. Add to the fact that you can get creative with the rest of the quiche ingredients, making it one of our favourite dinner options.

  1. Poached

What’s more satisfying then breaking the outside of the poached egg and watching the gooey insides run everywhere? Nothing, that’s what.

  1. Toy soldiers (Frog in a hole/ Egg in a basket)

Simply the best way to eat eggs as a kid, and for this it will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  1. French toast

Not an egg-centric dish, but it’s the egg that makes it so good! Egg soaked toast is the only thing we want when we first wake up.

  1. Fried

What can we say about fried eggs that you don’t already know? They’re amazing. Cook them sunny-side-up for the complete experience.

What’s your favourite way to eat eggs? Let us know!

Breakfast: Life-saver or lie?

How important is breakfast really?

View from above of a typical French breakfast with freshly baked flaky croissants with a pat of butter and a mug of strong black filter coffee

We’ve heard it all before. You skip breakfast and you’re done for the day. You may as well eat a tub of butter and drink only Mountain Dew because nothing else you do is going to counteract the fact that you skipped breakfast. But how true is this really?

Scientists and nutritionists place the importance of breakfast on the fact that it supposedly kicks starts your metabolism in the morning, after it went on hibernation during your sleep. Breakfast also replenishes the levels of glucose in your body, providing you heaps of energy for the day ahead.  According to the Better Health Vic website, lack of breakfast makes children heavier, slower and much more tired.

But recent reports state that many of the studies on the importance of breakfast have shown no cause-and-effect results, it’s all purely observed. This means that the positive effects observed in breakfast eaters may actually not have anything to do with the bit of toast they’re crunching, and more to do with the fact that they won a genetic lottery.

So which is it? Breakfast can either reduce your chances of heart failure and lower cholesterol, or simply just be another meal. It all boils down to the person. If you’re hungry, eat. If you’re not, don’t. And if you really want to lower your risk of heart failure by eating in the morning- then you’re going to have to skip the fun stuff. You’ll be better off choking back some wholegrain Bran Plus.