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Healthier Scotch Eggs – Made with Old English style Turkey mince

These Old English style Scotch Eggs are made using Turkey mince instead of Sausagemeat, so you can cut down on red meat and processed meat containing Nitrites.

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Fat vs carbs: What’s really worse for your health?

For the last 12 years I have eaten animal fats in favour of carbohydrates, believing them to be better for me. I had some blood tests a few weeks ago for a standard check up and my cholesterol level was 5.3 overall. 0.3 over the recommended level for LDL (what doctors like to call bad cholesterol – but we can’t live without it and 0.3 is nothing)
My blood pressure was an optimum 120/70 and my weight of 60kgs is perfect for my 5′ 6″ height. I will be 60 years old later this year but I don’t feel it and most people say I look nothing like it. I feel great on my low carb diet without worrying about saturated fats. me-59

If you look at it logically. The people living today who are in their 90’s and up, were brought up on animal fats and a shortage of sugary foods. They didn’t live on takeaways packed full of carbohydrates. They couldn’t afford it for one thing and we didn’t have a lot of take aways until the 80’s. The only place to walk away with some food was a fish and chip shop and that was a treat once in a while. Fizzy drinks were also a luxury. I was allowed one small glass of pop on a Sunday with my roast dinner. The beef dripping was used to roast the potatoes and make Yorkshire puddings. I had Coca Cola about twice a year.

In New Scientist this week:

“PEOPLE have told me what I do is dangerous. They have walked away from me at meetings,” says David Unwin, a doctor practising in Southport, UK. Unwin suggests to his patients with type 2 diabetes or who want to lose weight that they do the opposite of what official health advice recommends. He advises them to stop counting calories, eat high-fat foods – including saturated fats – and avoid carbohydrates, namely sugar and starch. Telling people to avoid sugar is uncontroversial; the rest is medical heresy.

But crazy as it sounds, Unwin has found that most of his diabetes patients who follow this advice are getting their blood sugar back under control, and that some are coming off medication they have relied on for years. Those who are overweight are slimming down.

This might seem like just another controversial fad diet, but a growing number of researchers, doctors and nutritionists around the world are backing it, and reporting their findings in peer-reviewed medical journals. Last month, the National Obesity Forum, a UK body for health professionals involved in weight management, made headlines when it overhauled its advice, telling people to ditch calorie-counting, low-fat foods and carbs in favour of fats.

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How to read a nutrition label and use it to help lose weight

nutrition labelNutrition labels can be very confusing but hopefully, I can help you demystify them a little.

This label to the left lists all the main nutritional elements of the food in the packet.

For Slimming World purposes – or any slimming diet really, you should be most interested in the fat and sugar content, as that is where the majority of the calories will come from.

In this item, you can see the fat content is virtually nothing. For every 100g it is 0.6g which basically means 0.6% of the whole packet would be fat.
However, the Carbohydrate level is very high and the sugar content in particular is also high. It doesn’t look much as a helping size but when you look at the 100g measurement, it means almost 90% of the food contains carbohydrates, 25% of which is sugar.

Use the 100g list on Nutrition labels to visualise how much fat or sugar you are having in a meal. Just pretend 100g is 100% and then try to keep the fat and sugar to about 5 – 10% of your meal. i. e5g – 10g That way, you should be able to lose weight without counting calories … As long as you don’t have rediculously large portions on your plate.

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Hope that helps. If you’re still confused, add a question or comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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The Diet Delusion

Where mainstream nutritional science has demonised dietary fat for 50 years, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer. Nutrition and obesity scientists have struggled to make sense of the paradox that obesity has become an epidemic, that diabetes rates have soared and the incidence of heart disease has not declined despite the fact that society is more diet and health aware today than generations ago.