Mornington Peninsula’s high intake of sugar impacting on health, experts say
- Mornington Peninsula Leader
- July 15, 2014
THE Mornington Peninsula’s obsession with sugar is concerning and could have detrimental impacts on general health, experts warn.
Dental Health Services Victoria figures reveal 18 per cent of adults on the Mornington Peninsula consume sugar-sweetened drinks such as soft drinks every day, more than its neighbouring municipalities and higher than the state average of 12 per cent.
The figures also show that 11 per cent of adults in Frankston and Kingston, and 7 per cent of adults in Bayside consume soft drink daily.
Nutritionist at Nourish-ed Helen Padarin said sugar was the number one food to cause inflammation.
Ms Padarin, who spoke at the 2014 Mindd International Forum in Sydney last month, said high consumption of sugar was hard for the body to tolerate.
“In nature, we don’t find sugar in high concentration, except in fruit,” she said.
“What happens (when too much sugar is consumed) is we get this over-production or high regularity of production of insulin which can cause a number of effects on cardio vascular health and hormone regulation,” she said.
Ms Padarin said while inflammation was beneficial in the short term, in order to heal the body from tissue and cell damage, long term inflammation was damaging.
“Chronic inflammation is when we end up with a strain on the lymphatic system and therefore the immune system, which basically creates ill health,” she said.
Ms Padarin said other side effects include poor dental health, skin conditions including acne and fungal breakouts, gut disorders, depression and anxiety.
“Sugar is also highly addictive. It is more addictive than cocaine. It’s poison,” she said.
Meghann Birks, owner and manager of Paleo Cafe in Mornington, follows a Palaeolithic diet which eliminates grains, gluten and refined sugars.
She said consuming soft drink, whether it’s daily or occasionally, didn’t make sense from a nutritional perspective.
“These drinks are heavily processed and offer no nutritional value. The consumption of even a small serving of soft drink takes you well over the amount of refined sugar that you’d want to be ingesting,” she said.
Ms Birks said “diet” versions of soft drink weren’t safe, either.
“The jury is still out on the long term effects of chemical sweeteners,” she said.
Frankston resident and author of health food blog You Are What You Eat Eats, Shae Wheeler, said it was “nothing short of sad” to hear that so many people were damaging their bodies with soft drink on a daily basis.
“In my opinion, the majority of people would be doing so, mindlessly, out of habit and unaware that this over consumption of addictive sugars is a huge contributor to obesity, illness, diabetes, inflammation, pain, depression and anxiety,” Ms Wheeler said.
“We get enough sugars from whole foods alone.
“Everything you put into your mouth will do one of two things; either it will contribute to health or illness.”
Film to show in Mornington claims to reveal truth about outdated food pyramid
- Sharon Green
- Mornington Peninsula Leader
- April 07, 2014 3:00pm
Shae Wheeler is the author of the blog ‘You Are What You Eat Eats’. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Corp Australia
A WOMAN passionate about educating others about healthy eating is going to great lengths to spread the message.
When Shae Wheeler quit sugar in December, she discovered restored energy levels, stabilised moods and better concentration.
The Frankston resident has organised a screening of Cereal Killers at Mornington Cinemas.
The documentary follows the journey of a man on a mission to avoid heart disease by eating a high-fat diet and eliminating sugar and wheat.
“The documentary also shows that the food pyramid, which has been drummed into our head since the 1970s, is wrong and is making us fat and sick,” Ms Wheeler said.
Ms Wheeler is so passionate about spreading the word about eating a sugar-free and wheat-free diet that she started a food blog called You Are What You Eat Eats.
“This movement relies on people watching the film and learning the truth about what we really should be eating. And you will be shocked how easy it is. You won’t go hungry and you won’t have to eat like a rabbit,” she said.
Shae Wheeler with children Yana, 3, and Ellen, 10 months. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Corp Australia
Owner and manager of Paleo Cafe in Mornington Meghann Birks said she supported the message explored in Cereal Killers.
“Whether or not you agree with the science, we have yet to come across anybody who has tried eating a paleo-type diet and hasn’t seen amazing results,” she said.
Ms Birks follows a palaeolithic diet, which eliminates dairy products, grains, refined sugars and processed foods and focuses on fresh meats, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils.
Melbourne anaesthetist Dr Rod Tayler has researched and published articles on sugar-restricted diets.
“We know that we are not doing well with our weight and our health. All the modern diseases of mankind appear to have a link with poor diet,” he said.
Dr Tayler said he supported the message to reduce, or eliminate, wheat and sugar from our diets.
“Nobody is out there saying we should eat more sugar and refined food,” he said.
“The bit that is tricky is getting people to believe that healthy (saturated) fats are all right to eat because we’ve been bombarded with messages that these fats are bad for us. But that’s just not true. And that has been confirmed by scientific research.”
>> Cereal Killers will show at Mornington Cinemas on April 10 at 7.30pm.