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In this issue: a new discovery about our senses, why you should start counting your steps, jump in to the chestnut craze, plus two deliciously appealing cookshops coming up, and a great tip to de-clutter and give a professional touch to your kitchen.

What’s in the News – Do you Have the Sixth Sense for Taste?

A new discovery into human taste buds has identified humans can detect a sixth taste – FAT! Along with our 5 other taste sensations (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami) researchers from CSIRO Australia and Deakin University found we can actually taste fat. The study tested people’s ability to taste a range of fats commonly found in foods. The researchers found that people have a taste threshold for fat and some have a high sensitivity while others do not.

People with a high sensitivity to the taste of fat consumed less fatty foods and overall had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those with a lower sensitivity. This discovery is important for those of us watching our weight. With so many products having more and more added fats, it is thought that our taste buds have been desensitised to the taste of fat, meaning people are likely to overeat fatty foods, leading to weight gain and other lifestyle diseases.

As fat supplies the highest concentration of calories in the diet, speak with your dietitian about mindful eating and the importance of listening to your taste buds!

Slimming Tip – Counting Steps is a Key to Success

While you might do some gardening, clean your house or walk around the shops each day, is this enough movement to reach the recommended number of steps for weight management and good health? A proven method for weight control is to monitor your daily steps by use of a pedometer. And if you think you already move enough each day, keeping a step log may make you think again!

For general good health it is recommended you aim for 6,000+ steps a day, while a weight loss goal should see you aiming for more than 10,000 steps daily. In practical terms this means accumulating 60-90 minutes of activity over your day. Many studies have shown that people who plan ahead how many steps they want to walk each day and use a pedometer to track themselves, have better health outcomes. In one study over a four month period those who wore a pedometer walked an extra 2500 steps per day compared to those who didn’t use one, meaning that on average they increased their usual physical activity level by 27 percent! They also lost more weight and slashed almost 4 points off their systolic blood pressure. Some also saw a drop in cholesterol levels and blood sugars over this relatively short period of time!

Pedometers are a great motivator to increase your step count. If you’re not wearing one you won’t be consciously thinking to increase your steps to the recommend level. But if you slip one on, you’ll see how well you’re actually moving over the day. The real bonus is when you realise you’re now working in ways to reach 10,000 steps such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking for 10 minutes in your lunch break or parking further away from your destination. Remember, every step counts and these extra steps really add up.

What's Cooking in May? 

Smart Foods to DROP Your Cholesterol – 6:30 pm, Tues, 11th May 2010 

Want to avoid cholesterol lowering medication? This new cookshop will show you easy and delicious ways to use a powerful combination of natural foods clinically proven to lower your cholesterol by up to 30 %. If you’ve got a family history of heart disease or are already on medication, this cookshop is for you! 

Magic of the Mediterranean Diet – 6:30 pm, Tues, 25th May 2010

Discover the delights of Mediterranean cuisine! Find what’s special about oregano, olive oil, legumes and lemons and see how to use them more often. Learn 10 steps to imitate one of the healthiest diets in the world – perfect if you have a fatty liver, want to avoid Alzheimer’s or guard against cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about these cookshops         

Call NOW on (02) 9899 5208 to book your place. Bring a friend!

Food Matters with Sue Radd – Gluten Free Doesn't Have to be Fibre Free

If you’re living with Coeliac disease, removing gluten from your diet also removes wheat and other fibre containing grains such as oats, barley and rye. The problem is that if you don’t replace these grains with other fibre rich sources, you may be left with a diet lacking enough fibre for good health. Fibre assists with keeping you full, is important for bowel health as well as reducing cholesterol, and maintaining your weight. Find out how to include fibre rich foods if you decide to go gluten free:  Getting gluten free fibre.

What's Fresh? Chestnuts

Chestnuts are in season in Australia! They are also one of Sue Radd’s favourite snacks! Very popular in Europe and Asia, chestnuts possess a sweet, nutty flavour, are packed full of fibre, have a low GI, no cholesterol, and unlike other nuts are very low in fat. They are thought to have been introduced to Australia during the gold rush in the mid 1800s, and some of our chestnut trees are said to be over 120 years old!

Chestnuts are truly versatile and can be eaten as a tasty snack on their own or used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Since they are almost 50 % water, if they’re not stored correctly they can dry out very quickly. So be sure to store them in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container.

3 ways to enjoy chestnuts

  • Enjoy the simplicity, sweet taste and creamy texture of boiled chestnuts. Yum! See our recipe

  • Mix boiled chestnuts into your favourite pasta dishes, soups and stir-frys. To save time, you can use uncooked, frozen, peeled Australian chestnuts from www.cheznuts.com.au

  • For a sweet dessert, try chestnut puree! Download the recipe

In the Kitchen: Practical tips, new gadgets & essential
tools - Magnetic Knife Holder!

A cluttered kitchen can be a recipe for disaster! Take note from celebrity chefs and cooking shows that display their knife collection using a magnetic strip instead of keeping their kitchen knives hidden in drawers. We also use one in our cookshop kitchen!

Not only will the magnetic knife holder give your kitchen a professional look, it can help you easily identify the blade you’re after and it’s more hygienic. Unlike a wooden knife block, which is hard to clean, no bacteria can build up.

If you’re thinking of investing in a magnetic knife holder, you’ll need to consider the best size for your needs. This will depend on the number and weight of your knives. Most magnetic strips are available in stainless steel or a chrome finish and now, with their increasing popularity, also in a range of colours! You can pick one up for around $15-$100 although the more expensive brands can set you back $200-$300. 

Service of the Month – Need Your Kitchen Knives Sharpened?

If we’ve inspired you to display a magnetic knife holder in your kitchen, why not also get your knives in tip top shape? We’d love to share with you a local service we use to sharpen the knives for our Culinary Medicine Cookshops.

Terry the knife guy provides a mobile service in the Hills area of Sydney to sharpen kitchen and other cutting knives. With prices as low as $6 a knife you can’t go wrong. Click on his name for more information on his services.

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Published by the Nutrition & Wellbeing Clinic, Copyright 2010.

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We are a boutique Dietitians clinic in Sydney, Australia, offering one-on-one consultations, culinary medicine cooking workshops, motivational health seminars and nutrition advisory services to businesses in the local and global area.

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