Why go to all the trouble to eat healthy?
With what appears to be the on-going consequences of decades of highly processed foods, many people now find themselves intolerant of dairy, wheat and gluten products - once the mainstay of most of our basic food groups. Finding basic food is difficult enough, but what about a delicious healthy snack in between? Finding those products can be a problem. It's into this niche we've placed ourselves.
Why Gluten Free?
Gluten is the protein portion of wheat, rye, barley, tritacale and oats, which in some people damages the small bowel lining, making it difficult for them to absorb nutrients. This is Coeliac Disease. There is no cure, except to avoid gluten.
Do you use locally sourced natural ingredients?
Our ingredients are all natural, we source much of our premium ingredients locally such as almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, puffed rice, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds and pistachios. Australian Beekeepers natural honey, organic rice syrup, tahini (sesame seed paste). We do not use ingredients that are considered GMO (genetically modified). Whilst we try to use only Australian produce and most nuts or seeds are grown in Australia. Sometimes however, we may need to source some ingredients from overseas in instances where there’s no other option. In these instances, it may be due to weather conditions and availability.
Low G.I. What does it mean?
The Glycaemic Index is based on a food's overall effect on blood sugar levels. Foods with high G.I. are absorbed quickly so the amount of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream increases rapidly. You get a big buzz but it falls off quickly leaving you feeling hungry again sooner. Foods with a lower G.I. are absorbed more slowly and release glucose gradually, indicating they are the healthier choice. Low G.I. foods may assist weight loss as you don't feel so hungry as the foods keep you satisfied longer - helping you cut down without the 'starving' feeling.
Are Nuts and Seeds good for you?
Research shows that a handful of nuts and seeds each day helps you to feel more satisfied (without feeling hungry) while you are getting a good dose of healthy fats, protein, vitamin E and antioxidants.
Nuts in general have been found to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, plus can help manage blood cholesterol and weight. They are a nutrient rich plant food. So, to reap the nutritious benefits and obtain the rewards, just remember to eat a handful of nuts every day.
How is Honey helpful to my diet?
Honey is an energy elixir that can increase stamina and help your muscles to recuperate. It is also a more nutritious option than a heap of sugar. Honey's naturally occurring antioxidants make it a perfect workout fuel. Unlike sugar and other sweeteners, honey has a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, science has found that honey can help you recover from the most demanding workouts. Source Muscle Fitness March/April 2008 Edition
I find your bars not hard to bite into, how come they aren't as hard as most other health bars?
We do not use Glucose syrup or artificial sweeteners in our bars. These tend to make other bars very hard and sticky. Our unique hand made technique of bringing all the natural ingredients together in a delicate way, provides the moist, delicious full flavoured taste sensations you will love.
Because muesli is a naturally healthy food, you will find that it offers everything you could want in a breakfast cereal: it's packed with lots of goodies that are rich in fibre however be sure to look for cereals that have no added sugars or sodium. Before you buy any muesli, be sure to check the label for the following three things:
- Added Sugars: Most muesli contains fruit, which will provide some sweetness, but some varieties also have added sugars. As it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate the added sugars from the fruit sugars, a general rule of thumb is to limit the total sugar to approximately 10g per serve (a serve is about 1/2 cup or 45-50g).
- Fat: You don't need to be too concerned with fat content when choosing an untoasted/natural muesli, but be aware that toasted muesli is likely to be higher in fat (and kilojoules) because it's often toasted using oil. Look for muesli with less than 7g fat "per serve". Muesli that contains a high percentage of nuts may contain up to 10g fat "per serve" but it's healthy fat, so don't be worried.
- Kilojoules: The one thing to watch for when selecting a muesli is kilojoules. Due to ingredients like nuts and seeds, muesli tends to be quite energy dense, so be conscious of your portion size. Aim for 800kJ "per serve" or less.
Sourced from Healthy Food Guide, November 2010 issue.
Honey is a liquid sweetener produced naturally by honey bees from flower nectar. Honey has a low to medium GI rating (between 35-58). It contains trace amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Sourced from Healthy Food Guide, November 2010 issue.
Chia is called Nature’s Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein as well as vitamins and minerals and antioxidants and is also Gluten Free.
The amazing thing about Chia as wholegrain food is that it contains such a high amount of fibre, protein and Omega 3 as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids which is very rare for a vegetarian source of protein.
More About Nuts Generally ...
Nuts are packed full of beneficial nutrients for good health. Enjoying almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts regularly as part of a healthy diet has been shown to protect the heart and can have benefits for weight control and diabetes. Nuts naturally contain a wide range of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytochemicals.
More Plant Foods for Good Health
Health authorities around the world recommend eating more plant foods for good health. This is because plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds provide protection against many of the common lifestyle related issues seen today. Studies have indicated that a handful of nuts in your diet can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30 to 50% because they contain a wide range of nutrients that are considered heart-healthy.
Nut Eaters Weigh Less?
Recent research reported the results of an eight year study looking at the relationship between diet and health in more than 50,000 people in the US. They discovered that women who ate more nuts, gained less weight. This is also supported by other studies which suggests that people eating a handful of nuts five or more times a week do not weigh more than those who don't or never ate nuts.
Satisfying Hunger & Reducing Appetite
The protein and fibre in nuts help to satisfy hunger and reduce appetite. The fat content found in nuts also helps release satiety hormones in the digestive system which also helps to curb hunger.
Low Glycemic Index Effect
Nuts, when mixed with foods rich in carbohydrate, can slow the digestion of the meal resulting in a slower rise in blood glucose (sugar).
Nuts & Diabetes
Almost 1 in 4 Australians 25 years and over has either diabetes or pre-diabetes. Nuts have a wide variety of nutritional benefits which are not only important for those with diabetes, but also those wanting to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
How do I include Nuts in My Diet?
To obtain maximum benefits from nuts, enjoy them everyday by following some of the following heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly eating plan!
- Include a Kuranda Health Bar as part of your daily diet
- Have unsalted mixed nuts available as a portable healthy snack
- Toss almonds or cashews through your favourite stir fry
- Top fish with a mixture of crushed hazelnuts or Brazil nuts and fresh herbs
- Use a pure nut spread (eg almond or macadamia spread) on toast in place of butter or margarine)
- Toss pistachio kernels in a salad
- Make the Kuranda Natural Muesli part of your daily diet discipline, rich in natural protein, fibre and Omega 3
- Combine pine nuts or pistachios with fresh basil, garlic and olive oil to make a tasty pesto to use with pasta
- Crush hazelnuts, macadamias or walnuts over fresh fruit and yoghurt for desert
- Replace potatoes with roasted chestnuts or stuff chicen with chestnut stuffing
As you can see there are lots of ways you can include nuts & seeds in your diet. The above represents only a few ideas. Why not experiment with your own recipes today!