Researchers have found that artificial sweeteners are toxic to our gut bacteria. They found that toxins were developed when gut bacteria was exposed to artificial sweeteners like aspartame. These pesky man-made sweeteners have previously been linked to migraine, obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes and liver toxicity. This is even more evidence that artificial sweeteners should be avoided at all costs!
As far as I’m concerned the whole sugar tax palaver has put us in a worse position health wise and sugar have been replaced with toxic artificial sweeteners.
If there’s anything I hope I have taught my kids It’s to always chose natural sugars over the altricial variety – every time.
These sweeteners are also an environmental pollutants as they are resistant to waste-water treatments according to research. This was news to me but I can’t say I’m surprised.
When I was a teenager I constantly drank Coca-Cola Light as It was called in Sweden at the time and one of my best friends who was studying medicine told me aspartame was linked to brain cancer. He never touch the stuff after that. I wish I had stopped there and then.
Perhaps my diet-coke-habit was part of the reason my first-born developed multiple food allergies when he was little. Microbes are passed on from Mothers to babies at birth and through breastfeeding and researchers have found that allergi and asthma in babies and toddlers are linked to low levels of certain bacteria.
Anyhow, I can only recommend that you read the labels, especially on chewing gum, vitamins, flavored yoghurt and soft drinks. It’s everywhere.
And if you are desperate for a coke always go for the original.
And then let’s FEED our good gut bacteria with healthy foods and fermented foods and drinks!
Eating 7 or more portions of fruit och vegetables every day cuts the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease according to studies. Fresh vegetables gives the biggest protection followed by salad and then fruit according to studies. Fruit juice had so effect and canned fruit increased the chance of dying.
When I was training as a nutritionist we were told 7-9 portions of vegetables and some fruit a day would increase our health, whereas eating only 5 a day keep us where we are health wise.
So why is the government not telling us to up our vegetable and fruit content?
1. Most people are struggling to even consume 5 vegetables and fruit portion a day. More pressure might backfire.
2. The cost of providing patients in NHS hospitals, prison och schools following the guideline of 7-9 fruit and veg a day would be way to draining on the public coffer.
But knowledge is power and with high-speed blenders and juicers it’s not so hard to consume 7-9 a day as it once was.
New week new start!
Today 1st October, I’m also starting something completely new that has been on my mind for a long time. I’m very excited and will tell you more in the coming months.
Yesterday I went the to screening of my friend’s stunning short film Beautiful Dead Things at the Raindance Film Festival. Then we were off to swedish restaurant Aquavit. Fantastic Nordic food but not really geared towards veganism.. so I had fish. The most wonderful cod with pickled cucumber. A perfect end to an eventful week.
Tying a new Clean & Green shampoo from Insight.
It’s getting colder! I’m totally tea-obsessed and right now I’m drinking gallons of Geinmatcha with a drop of stevia for sweetness.
Frozen Yoghurt Triangles is an easy dessert to pull out of the hat.
I always have yoghurt in the fridge and my freezer is full of frozen berries so this is something I serve quite often. It’s an easy and refreshing end to a meal.
Frozen Yoghurt Triangles
– 450 gram coconut yoghurt
– 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
– 1/3 cup honey
– vanilla pod
Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Pour into a round springform cake tin.
Freeze for an hour and a half. Slice and serve straight away.
I’m obsessed with fermented foods and this is why:
1. I’m adore the taste. I’ll take salty foods over sweet any day and fermented foods also comes with that intriguing umani flavour. No batch is exactly the same. This food is alive and kicking and you can taste that!
2. Growing and cultivating healthy bacteria brings out my inner urban farmer. Who know?! It’s so satisfying to grow “health” for your family, and It’s easy. Minimum effort, maximum result! My type of farming.
3. I end up with a large variety of probiotics. If I would only rely on probiotic supplements I would only get a limited number of species. We are just scratching the surface of the wonders of healthy bacteria. I feel safe knowing I get a large variety through my diet. Fermented vegetables also contain non-digestible carbohydrates that feeds and promote even more healthy bacteria along the way. Win Win!
Now Go Ferment! X
I splashed out on a clean green concealer from RMS last week.
10 years ago I just used an extra layer of foundation and hey presto imperfection gone! Those days are unfortunately over.
It get’s trickier as your skin matures, you can’t wear heavy stuff as it sits in the wrinkles and at the same time you need something substantial.
The RMS “un cover up” concealer has magical powers as it covers well without caking AND because it can be used as a light weight foundation as well. Perfect for me as I’ve run out of my Estelle & Thild foundation and the one from Ere Perez that I’m desperate to try is out of stock.
I apply it thinly on larger areas around the nose and forehead and It’s all I need.
RMS is such a great brand from a super cool lady Ann Marie Swift, look her up!
Searching for London’s best gluten-free Pizza, Bread and Burger?
The below establishments are in my opinion the crème de la crème in our great city!
BAKERY: Beyond Bread
The round sourdough bread in the below picture is to die for!
I buy 2 every time and slice one up and pop it in the freezer.
I don’t like the taste or smell of almost all gluten-free breads, but this is on a completely different level. I could live on it!
They also make fantastic cinnamon rolls (or bulle as we say where I come from) croissants and cakes.
Stock up in Fitzrovia, Islington or Selfridges
Hamburger Place: Honest Burgers
Now, I have to admit that I’m not a huge hamburger fan but with a teen and a tween boy, this is where we spend a lof of family time. The gluten-free burger bread is really good, the fries are gluten-free and delicious and so are the union rings! With restaurants all over London you are always close to an Honest burger.
Pizzeria: Zia Lucia
I didn’t used to eat a lot of pizza..
If I took the boys to Pizza Express I always ordered the salad. But with a brand new Zia Lucia a minute from my front door I’ve turned into a Pizza Monster! I’m not exaggerating when I say they make the worlds best pizza. The gluten-free Focaccia is also incredibly tasty.
(The gluten-free pizzas are cooked in the same oven as the non- gluten-free, but the super friendly Italian staff were happy for us to bring foil to minimise contamination). Zia Lucia has 2 restaurants one in Brook Green and one on Holloway Road.
I got a new FAMILY FRIENDLY recipe for you!
I’m getting lots of zucchini in my weekly veg box and since the kids are not super keen on grilled or fried zucchini, I make fritters instead!
– 500 grams zucchini (about 3)
-2 cup flour (I use gluten-free mix flour)
-2 tablespoons gluten-free breadcrumbs
-1 vegan egg (or 1 ordinary egg)
-2 spring unions
-small piece of grated ginger
-1 garlic clove grated
-1 tablespoon of chia seeds
-1/2 balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tablespoon of stock powder (bouillon)
-1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
-1 teaspoon of salt
-1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes
-1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
-black pepper to taste
-coconut oil for frying