Oct / Nov 2019 Newsletter #55
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Welcome to the Oct / Nov edition of the newsletter.

Term 4 is here! The downhill race to Christmas! The last term of the year can be the busiest for most, make sure you take time to breath, look after yourself and don't get caught up in the rush of doing life. (I need to listen to my own advice too...).

Celery, after finding out more about this boring little vegetable, I am beginning to realise how underrated celery really is. Sure it's another suitable failsafe staple veg, a filler to most dishes, but do you know how beneficial it actually is? The saying goes an apple a day keeps the doctor away... well, step aside apples, here comes the celery! Read more below and also the link to the celery juice (last recipe) and you will be amazed.

The fact sheet this edition is all about Sweeteners: sugar free and artificial. Have you ever looked into the ingredients on a packet or drink if it says sugar free? The fact sheet by fed up below has some very interesting info on them, reader reports and
scientific references.


Celery is often disregarded as nothing more than a disposable garnish served with buffalo chicken wings. However, the extraordinary health benefits associated with this crunchy vegetable make it one of the most underrated foods on the planet.
“Celery is loaded with polysaccharides and antioxidants,” explained best-selling author Dr. Partha Nandi. “The antioxidants have the ability to cure free-radical damage that contributes to inflammation. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or arthritis are caused by inflammation.” Many other serious conditions, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and age-related vision loss, have also been linked to chronic inflammation.

Dr. Tina Ardon is a family medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic. She explained that some foods contribute to inflammation, while other foods can be helpful for reducing or preventing inflammation.

“Research indicates that there is a link between diet and inflammation,” said Dr. Ardon. “Although this is a normal process in response to an injury or an infection, sometimes inflammation can turn into a chronic process and actually be widespread throughout the body.”

Celery is also a good source of both types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. A study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute revealed that simply eating more fiber can be critical for weight loss. Fiber absorbs water in the digestive tract and reduces food cravings by making you feel fuller longer.

Growing Celery

Celery is a cool season crop and is best grown in the moderate weather of spring to early summer.
The first link is a video from Gardening Australia with easy tips on growing celery, the second is a blog post from SBS.

Cooking with Celery

Celery Pesto
Frugal and Thriving: You can regrow your own celery easily and for free. [recipe link]
Chicken and Egg Pasta Bake 2
Drumsticks with Celery Marinade
Cookidoo Thermomix: This recipe is suitable for failsafe, use raw instead of roasted cashews. [recipe link]
If you use Cookidoo, check out the failsafe pinterest board of Cookidoo recipes.
Country vegetable bake
Fed Up: This recipe can be cooked in a large tray or as individual muffins and freeze for lunches. [recipe link]
Medical Medium: If people knew all the potent healing properties of celery juice, it would be widely hailed as a miraculous superfood. [recipe link]
Also, try a Failsafe Green Smoothie.

Fed Up Fact Sheet:

Sweeteners: sugar free and artificial

How safe are sugar free products? Some food scientists regard them as the new generation junk foods. Sugar free and artificial sweeteners can be found in many products including drinks, yoghurts, sweets and medications. Sugar free sweeteners can have a laxative effect in large doses or in sensitive consumers, and have been associated with a misdiagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We don’t recommend them.
Polyols are so called because their name often ends in –ol:
420 Sorbitol
421 Mannitol
953 Isomalt
965 Maltitol or hydrogenated glucose syrup
966 Lactitol
967 Xylitol
968 Erythritol
1200 Polydextrose

Food but not medicine regulations require these additives to carry a warning label ‘Excessive consumption may have a laxative effect’, but as with other additives, consumers can be unaware of the cause of their problems because they:
~ don’t make the connection if symptoms occur more than 30 minutes after ingestion, whereas symptoms may be hours later.
~ don't regard sudden diarrhoea, excruciating stomach cramps, massive bloating or gas as ‘a laxative effect’
~ don't regard one stick of chewing gum or one candy bar as ‘excessive consumption’
~ don’t regard chewing gum as food (‘I didn’t swallow it’).

We do NOT recommend the use of artificial sweeteners, also known as intense sweeteners. In 2014, a comprehensive study at the prestigious Weizman Institute showed that the 3 most commonly used artificial sweeteners - aspartame (951), sucralose (Splenda) and saccharin - can cause elevated blood glucose levels by altering the beneficial bugs in the gut in a way that can promote both obesity and diabetes.
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