Alzheimer’s mercury link

My Gran had Alzheimers for many years. It stripped her of life and dignity.

When I hear people ‘in the know’ put forward possible ways to reduce the development of Alzheimers or even prevent it, I for one want to take such comments extremely seriously.

And yet it seems more likey to be shrugged of by the Ministry of Health and the Dental Industry. Surely for such things we should have a ‘try it and see approach’ rather than a ‘don’t go there unless it has been proven 100x over’ approach? Some suggestions are so simple – like ‘avoid mercury and transfats‘ – so simple, with consequences to our everyday life yes, but so simple. Take a look at this video and then tell me we shouldn’t believe all we hear about amalgam!

Cranberries

Although cranberries are typically touted for promoting bladder and men’s health, a new study indicates that drinking cranberry juice may also be good for your teeth.

Researchers found that applying a solution containing 25 percent unsweetened cranberry juice for one minute two times per day significantly reduced plaque formation and growth. It also caused the bacteria involved in the plaque to produce less acid, meaning that the cranberry juice could also protect tooth enamel. The amount the researchers used is similar to the concentrations found in the Biona Pure Organic Cranberry Juice with 25% dilution. So if you are about to adopt the cranberry gargle be sure to select a no added sugar version. You’re much better off with plain cranberry juice, like the Biona pure juice. If this is too tart for you, try sweetening it with Xylobrit, xylitol.

Organic facts about organic cows

Yeo Valley is an organic dairy farm in Somerset.

I’m so impressed with their whole way of doing things that I’d like to introduce them to you. Roger and Mary Mead, the founders began making and selling yogurt in 1974 from the farm gate. It takes 2 years for a farm to convert to organic, and it was not until 1993 that Yeo Valley Farm started to produce organic produce.

They now have a wonderful range, no frills. just excellent basic organic products: Fresh organic milk, full fat and semi skimmed, smooth & creamy natural organic yogurt either whole milk or fat free. Both of these have specially selected BIO cultures and the fat free has only 0.1g of fat per 100g. Both are no added sugar. Next on the shopping list is Creme fraiche, which has only half the fat content of traditional varieties with no compromise on taste and texture, and ready grated organic mature cheddar. The vanilla ice cream is really creamy, and of coarse has organic vanilla.

A few organic facts about organic cows

Just a few organic facts to remember, organic cows are grass fed with additional organic cereals in the winter. Organic farming does not allow the routine use of antibiotics for the animals as are used in conventional farming. Pesticides are not used on the land, but natural predators are encouraged so that pests are destroyed in a more natural manner. Compost and manure are used on the soil replacing the nutrients that have been used to grow crops and grass, no artificial fertilisers are used at all. There are generally no chemical growth enhancers, feeds, fertilisers or pesticides so there is less chemical contamination of any water.

Eat organic, save the planet! Well, we can have a go can’t we?

X is for Xylitol not Xylophone

Xylitol – the new sweetener on the block

I’d like to tell you about two of my favourite products at the moment – Xylitol and Agave Syrup.

Xylitol is a substitute for sugar called a polyol that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables. The branded ready to buy product is called Xylobrit and is extracted from birch trees – never has tree extract tasted so good! Xylobrit looks and tastes just like sugar, with no aftertaste, and can be used just like ordinary sugar in hot and cold drinks, in baking and on cereals. So what are the benefits?

Xylitol has a very low Glycaemic Index of 8 and so is great for those of us on a low GL diet.
It has only 2.4kcal/g as opposed to 4kcal/g in ordinary sugar.
Xylitol does not need insulin to be metabolised, so is better for diabetics as it does not cause fluctuations in blood sugar.
Xylitol actually promotes healthy teeth and gums, and is used extensively in sugar-free chewing gum and oral-hygiene products because of its unique dental-care properties which have been clinically proven.
Xylitol also has a prebiotic effect, promoting the growth of friendly bacteria.
Fantastic, the only downside is that excessive use may induce laxative effects… oops. For this, and general health reasons you still need to keep consumption of sweet foods down.

Agave, another sweet wonder
Agave syrup or nectar is naturally extracted from the inner core of the Agave cactus plant, and it is about 90% fructose. It has a low glycaemic load of 1.6 and is a delicious alternative to sugar (GL 92), tasting a little like mild honey or maple syrup. As a syrup, it is fructose in its natural form and so doesn’t contain any processing chemicals, and is sweeter than table sugar so you don’t need very much. Like Xylobrit, Agave is great for diabetics or those who have insulin resistance, or those who are just watching their carbohydrate intake.

Although Agave syrup has a low GI value, if you are following a GL regime you need to be aware of one of the strange concepts. If fructose is consumed after eating a large meal that raises the blood sugar, or with high GI foods, it takes on the value of the higher glycaemic food, so it’s a good idea to eat fructose based dishes on an empty stomach, in between meals, or with other low GL foods.

In recipes use 25% less Agave than sugar. For example use 3/4 cup Agave syrup where it says a cup of sugar. You will also need to reduce your liquid in the recipe by as much as 1/3. Reduce you oven temperature by around 25 degrees.