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  • Yes, cheese is good for you!

    cheeseMyth

    Cheese is high in saturated fat and therefore has been associated to high cholesterol and heart diseases.

    Why cheese is good for you

    The French eat most of their naturally fermented cheeses from raw unpasteurised milk. This milk come from properly raised grass-fed animals (goats or cows) and contains protective CLA and good fats (just like grass-fed butter or creme fraiche).

    In particular curd cheese is packed with calcium, protein, rich in healing fats and, very important, is an excellent digestive aid. Fresh, unripen cheese made from cultured dairy products is bursting with probiotic (pro-life) activity, keeping pathogens at bay, guarding against infectious illness, and aiding in the fullest possible digestion of all food we consume.

    “Perhaps this is why so many traditional societies value fermented milk products for their health promoting properties and insist on giving them to the sick, the aged and nursing mothers”, as nutrition researcher and Weston A. Price Foundation co-founder Sally Fallon explains.

    How to get cheese

    Rule 1: In Australia cheese has to be made by law with pasteurised milk. Best choice: organic pasteurised cheese. If you’re lucky enough to travel in France, Spain, Italy or Greece, go for unpasteurised.

    Rule 2: Please stay away from so-called low-cholesterol cheese made with vegetable oils and likely to contain trans fats. Processed cheese also should be avoided at all costs for the same reasons.They are highly processed and are everything –bad- but cheese.

    Rule 3: Look at the labels: if there are any other ingredients than milk, culture, rennin and salt, don’t buy it! Enjoy in moderation.

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  • Yes, butter can be good for you!

    Many studies have confirmed that French cuisine contradicts what we have been told about diet for years. This is what we call the French Paradox theory which is finally gaining a lot of momentum in Australia. In this section of my blog I will look at 5 popular food myths showing why we need to revisit what we think about 5 supposedly ‘bad’ foods: butter, cheese, bread, chocolate and red wine. Five foods loved and heavily consumed by the French! Remember though, these foods can be friends or foes depending on how we treat, choose and consume them. It’s all about time-tested food wisdom, sensory awareness, portion control and quality over quantity.

    Today let’s talk about… Butter!

    Myth

    Butter contains saturated fats and therefore causes high cholesterol.

    Why butter is good

    Butter, made of 40% saturated fat (only- mothers breast milk is 50% saturated), should be considered as a super food. In fact, animal saturated fats play many very important roles in the body chemistry: they enhance the immune system, protect our liver from alcohol, help retain omega-3 fatty acids, give our cells integrity and stiffness and are one of the preferred foods of the heart.

    Very rich source of vitamin A and D, butter ensures proper assimilation of minerals and water-soluble vitamins in vegetables, grains and meat, is essential for growth, for healthy bones, for proper development of the brain and nervous systems and for normal sexual development. It is extremely important for kids and teenagers.

    It is also good to know that clarified butter (ghee) is highly prized in Ayurveda.

    How to get butter

    Rule 1: Choose only the best: from grass-fed cows, local and organic.

    Rule 2: Please avoid at all costs all butter ersatz such as margarines. Highly charged in trans fats and additives, they cause great imbalances in the dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (causing heart disease, cancer and diabetes) and produce large amounts of free radicals in the body.

    Rule 3: Enjoy in moderation. Added to your diet and recipes, the results- for your pleasure and your health- will astound you.

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  • Yes, chocolate is good for you!

     

    Bonjour,

    Many studies have confirmed that French cuisine contradicts what we have been told about diet for years. This is what we call the French Paradox theory which is finally gaining a lot of momentum in Australia. In this series I have looked at 5 popular food myths showing why we need to revisit what we think about five supposedly ‘bad’ foods: butter, cheese, breadred wine and today chocolate. Five foods loved and heavily consumed by the French! Remember though, these foods can be friends or foes depending on how we treat, choose and consume them. It’s all about time-tested food wisdom, sensory awareness, portion control and quality over quantity.

    Today let’s talk about… Chocolate!

    Myth

    High in sugar and fat, chocolate leads to obesity and heart disease.

    Why chocolate is good for you

    In its pure dark form chocolate is a heart-healthy food with more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. It’s particularly rich in flavonoids – antioxidants that assist in blood circulation, boost memory, smooth the skin and protect body cells from free radicals that cause inflammation and oxidation. Flavonoids also help block UV radiation and boost the immune system. Chocolate is packed with magnesium, potassium and iron, minerals that are particularly vital to women’s health. Because it contains serotonin, it can also help fight anxiety and depression.

    How to incorporate chocolate in your diet

    Rule 1: Choose DARK varieties only, minimum of 70%, even better 85% or 100% for the connoisseurs. Milk or white chocolate is nothing but junk food and is toxic containing a very low quantity of cocoa. It’s highly processed, loaded with sugar, bad fats, preservatives and colouring agents.

    Rule 2: Always choose quality over quantity. Organic and fair-trade brands are best.

    Rule 3: Enjoy (only) dark chocolate in moderation and without guilt! These little pleasures are key to wellbeing.

    Want to have a look at another Food Myth? The one on butter might interest you!

    Bon appetit!

    Yves

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