Joel speaks to Ed Phillips from 2UE Talking Lifestyle about sushi. Is it as healthy as we are led to believe?
Is sugar a dietary villain and the cause of many of our health ills? Well, yes and no. But the answer is far more complex than that.
It is true that my peers and I have been warning people for decades about the perils of consuming too much of the sweet stuff. Nevertheless, a single nutrient approach that blames one particular food or ingredient for all our health ailments is far too simplistic and loses sight of the bigger picture. Worryingly, an excessive focus of restricting one ingredient may lead to people cutting out highly nutritious foods like fruit from their diet.
With regards to sugar, the evidence highlights a paradox. On average, Australians consume 10.9 per cent of their total energy from sugar, only marginally higher than the World Health Organisation’s guideline of less than 10 per cent. Yet Australia is in the midst of an obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis, despite the fact that collectively, we are consuming less sugar than ever before. It is clear that issues of obesity and type 2 diabetes are multifactorial.
Eggplant and haloumi shakshuka
This shakshuka is an easy and warming dish perfect for a Sunday brunch at home
Kudos to Peter FitzSimons! Shedding more than 40 kilos from your frame is no mean feat. The self-proclaimed ‘fatty boomka’ says he did it by eschewing sugar and grog, and upping the exercise. Now he’s on a mission to tell blokes how to shed excess weight and keep it off. His new book The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down recently hit the stands… just in time for Christmas.
Yet, as a dietitian, my peers and I have been warning people for decades about the perils of consuming too much of the sweet stuff as well as booze. We continue to sing the praises of fruit and vegetables as the cornerstones of any good diet, and we encourage people to have a hearty intake of whole grains, dairy and lean proteins, including legumes and beans. Plus, we discourage the over-consumption of ‘discretionary’ foods such as baked goods, sweet biscuits and the like. And we categorically promote the virtues of being a teetotaler or firmly suggest that people reduce the amount of alcohol they consume. However, it has taken author and ex rugby star Peter FitzSimons to uncover the ‘secret’ to weight loss, particularly for men. Clever lad!