Scrap the UNhealthy Star Food Rating System
In 2014, the Government approved a voluntary Health Star Rating System (http://healthstarrating.gov au/) for food manufacturers and companies to use on their products. The Health Star Rating System ranges from ½ a star to 5 stars, and was designed to help consumers make healthier choices. Recent news media has outlined some issues with this star rating system, but the big problem comes in the form of food manufacturers and companies calculating the star rating on their own food products. This self-regulation poses a big problem in accuracy and accountability, is misleading, and creates confusion for consumers. As an example, Nestle’s Milo markets itself with a 4.5 Health Star Rating. On closer inspection, Nestle has been allowed to manipulate the calculation by adding an ‘optional ingredient’, which in this case is skim milk. Without skim milk, Milo’s rating would be just 1.5 stars. Further to this, the calculation should be based on current food science and knowledge. While sugar is now a criterion - which is a positive step - unfortunately the rest of the criteria does not establish how 'healthy' a food like product really is. There are many studies that are now showing that saturated fat and cholesterol should no longer be feared and are actually an excellent, protective and necessary part of the diet to support cellular health, brain function, sexual and reproductive function, the immune system and many other important physiological functions in the body (when used sensibly and as part of balanced overall food intake). Some studies to note http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/3/535 http://christinecronau.com/studies/ If you agree that food manufacturers and companies should no longer have the power to self-regulate this health rating calculation, sign Jessie Reimers’ (Facebook www.facebook.com/ getafreshstart / Instagram @getafreshstart / Twitter @jessiereimers) petition. To learn more about the shortcomings of the Health Star Rating System, follow the 5 Star Rating Cooking Show on Youtube https://www.youtube com/channel/UC4dcaazi6MWHgukY- fj-Aag, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ 5starcookshow/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/ 5starcookshow. Why don't the Government invest in supporting local farmers, subsiding and educating and promoting fresh vegetables, fruit and well looked after animal products. Why don't we have low cost cooking classes and educational seminars? Community gardens and chook pens in every neighbourhood for fresh eggs? Food CAN be cheap and accessible. Every family deserves fresh, quality food and deserve to know what they are feeding themselves and their kids. Stop green washing the packaged processed products and start having an honest, transparent and open relationship with the food system. Please sign and share this petition widely.
Heart Foundation: Stop giving advice and promoting food that causes heart disease!
We are asking that the Heart Foundation update their nutrition advice based on the current science and research and scrap the Tick of Approval program as it is giving consumers a false sense of security and is placed on products that contribute to inflammation, heart disease and other illness. I have explained in detail my reasons for starting this video in this youtube clip. You can also watch the segment on Sunrise where we explain the petition and this segment on Studio 10. The Heart Foundation currently advises that we steer clear of ‘dangerous’ saturated fats, consume margarine, vegetable and seed oils, keep our cholesterol low, low, low, consume a diet made up of mostly REFINED, highly processed carbohydrates and choose foods with the tick of approval, the very large majority of which are highly processed, devoid of essential nutrients and many of which contain huge amounts of sugar (for example Milo Cereal which is 27% refined sugar). Here is a study linking added sugar with heart disease. They claim that this advice is based on solid scientific evidence- however the evidence they continue to produce is very outdated and has been debunked by major studies many, many times since. All I am finding is more and more evidence to suggest that saturated fat and cholesterol are NOT associated with cardiovascular disease and that this idea was based initially on an extremely faulty study by Ancel Keys, who cherry picked data in an attempt to prove what he wanted to prove. If all of the data had been used they would have found absolutely NO correlation between saturated fat and heart disease- yet somehow this out-dated and even dangerous hypothesis is clung to so that margarine, cholesterol lowering medications and all manner of unnecessary and most certainly very unhealthy and damaging products can be sold. Vegetable/seed oils and margarine are of particular concern. More information about this here. Here is an example of evidence to suggest that saturated fat is not linked with heart disease. This is a MASSIVE meta-analysis involving over 340,000 subjects. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/3/535 You will find many more studies here. In fact saturated fat and dietary cholesterol from natural, healthy sources such as butter from grass fed cows, animal fats from naturally raised animals, eggs (including the cholesterol filled yolk), unrefined coconut oil etc have been found to be extremely beneficial to health and actually assist in protecting, NOT causing cardiovascular disease. There has been a great deal of research and science to show this which has been largely ignored by the medical and scientific communities and by Heart Foundations and nutritional authorities around the world. Some of these researchers, scientists, Drs, cardiovascular surgeons, obesity experts, authors, nutritionists etc include Dr Eric Westman, USA; Dr Andreas Eenfeldt, Sweden; Dr Malcolm Kendrick, UK; late Dr Barry Groves, UK; Dr William Davis, US; Dr Gary Fettke, Australia and Dr Perlmetter, USA, Zoe Harcombe, Dr John Briffa, Dr Chris Kresser, Cyndi O’Meara, Dr Sandra Cabot, Sally Fallon, Christine Cronau, David Gillespie, Uffe Ranskov, Anthony Colpo and there are many others, all of whom rely on evidence based research and a great deal of well respected scientific studies, not on merely 'opinion' or 'quackery'. It is time people learned the truth. The current advice CONTRIBUTES to inflammation, heart disease and a whole host of unpleasant and unnecessary medical complications. Honestly it just seems absolutely ridiculous that a health authority like the Heart Foundation whom many of the public trust and listen to, advise to eat a diet made up of mostly processed carbohydrates in the form of cereal, bread and pasta, consume margarine and vegetable/seed oils- which are unnatural and contribue to inflammation, processed sugar filled foods filled with additives, preservatives, colours and flavours and which are devoid of essential nutrients and even products that contain aspartame. How can they honestly say that this will protect people against cardiovascular disease? Whilst telling people to avoid fat and cholesterol which is absolutely essential to the correct functioning of the body on so many levels. We need to be educating people to eat REAL, whole food. Actual food that contains vitamins, minerals and all that the body requires to operate and protect itself effectively. This isn't rocket science, it is simply what humans have always done. These new ideas to consume man made fats, margarine and processed foods are very much part of the health disaster. If you would like to read the Heart Foundation’s response to my petition you can do so http://www.getafreshstart.com.au/the-heart-foundations-response-to-my-petition/ You can check out the segment on A Current Affair here http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8759175/experts-fight-for-heart-tick-removal Please get involved with the petition, sign and share with as many people as you can. This information is vitally important for everyone in Australia to understand and have access to. You can follow progress on facebook at www.facebook.com/getafreshstart. Please join us on Tuesday the 14th of October at midday to deliver the petition in person. We need as many of us as possible to gain media interest and have the program shut down https://www.facebook.com/events/1450616545198304/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming