Eating The Australian Way

Eating The Australian Way

Australians are often divided into the haves, and the have-nots.

But they're not always talking about money.

These days, it's often the haves (too much body fat), versus the have-nots (not overweight).

We can't seem to​ make up our minds whether to​ eat at​ McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, and All-You-Can-Eat fast food restaurants, or​ whether to​ grab a​ protein snack, a​ freshly-squeezed fruit juice with wheatgrass and go straight to​ the gym.

Women's Magazines have the same problem. a​ sample magazine from this month featured diet and exercise routines from three TV personalities and movie stars. Yet the back section of​ the magazine featured recipes such as​ luscious mocha fudge cake.

The incidence of​ obesity in​ Australia rose dramatically in​ the 90s - 80% for women. And over 20% of​ children and adolescents are overweight or​ obese. Our eating habits are often unbalanced.

Yet a​ trip to​ the local beach shows a​ large number of​ exceedingly fit bodies, often accompanied by personal trainers. Perhaps the rebellion has begun.

Australian authors are now responsible for several internationally-known health and fitness books, such as​ the Sandra Cabot's Liver Cleansing Diet, the CSIRO WellBeing Diet, and Jennie Brand-Miller's New Glucose Revolution.

So let's assume you've decided to​ improve your health and fitness, upped your intake of​ raw fruit and vegies (for Liver Cleansing), are monitoring your intake of​ white breads and potatoes (for Glucose Revolution), and planning a​ BBQ based around lean meat for dinner tonight (CSIRO diet).

A November 2018 announcement from Jennie Brand-Miller is​ good news for the traditional Ocker image of​ throwing a​ shrimp on the barbie, while drinking a​ cold beer.

Apparently moderate alcohol intake has been related to​ a​ reduced risk of​ type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. The new study looked at​ the impact of​ beer, white wine and gin on a​ carbohydrate-based meal. The result was that the alcoholic drinks, in​ particular the white wine, helped to​ lower the glucose and insulin response after the meal.

So if​ someone criticises you for that pre-dinner drink this summer, just say that you're making an​ effort to​ avoid diabetes. They may just buy you another drink for being so thoughtful.


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