We’ve all had a bit of a scare here recently, the boss man had one of life’s big shocks, one of those things that’ll never happen (or so we think) to us, let’s cut to the chase here, David had a heart attack.
He’s been checked out, had some treatment and is on the mend, whilst the peace and quiet might have been nice I think i speak for everyone when i say had it have been a different outcome we would all have been devastated, we are family - great song - even better work life, it really is a family business and we all get along and from director throughout the team we are family and friends. It really got me thinking.....
The fact is we all love our food here, we love cooking it and we love eating it. We know that the old mantra that fat equals flavour is true but by understanding fats can we improve our health while keeping our food tasty and interesting.
Most people probably believe that fat is bad, but is it really? Well when it comes to fats it very much depends on which fats as we benefit from certain fats, they keep us healthy.
Fats fall into two major camps
Generally speaking saturated fat is not good for you whereas unsaturated is.
Is found in butter, lard, ghee (the base for all Curries) fatty meat and dairy. A diet heavy in saturated fats raises HDL (bad) Cholesterol which blocks arteries. It’s fairly obvious that eating steak with a creamy sauce, a fried egg and chips every day for dinner might be tasty but it won’t take long before your health suffersBut worse than saturated fat is trans fat...
Also called trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, a type of unsaturated fat that occurs in small amounts in meat and milk fat. It became widely produced industrially from vegetable and fish oils in the early 20th century for use in margarine and later also in snack food, packaged baked goods, and for frying fast food.This is the real scary fat used largely in processed foods, even small amounts of artificial trans fats increase our LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce our levels of (HDL) good cholesterol. So if we can reduce our consumption of things like cakes, biscuits, fried food, takeaways, pastry products and mass produced pies that would go some way to lowering the risk of weight gain and heart disease….. sounds so obvious but easy to forget and have you ever poured over ingredients labels?
"Is Margarine; which can contain up to 26g per 100g of trans fat; better for you than Butter?"
Help lower your cholesterol levels, they contribute Vitamin E supporting our immune system and typical foods include fish, tahini, linseed and chia seeds, oils and spreads made from soybean, sunflower and canola oil (rapeseed) and nuts.Switching a fatty meat meal out of your routine diet for a fish meal once or twice a week will help. But just to be clear not a chippy tea! That doesn't count or help!
Mono unsaturated Fats
Are also better than saturated fats and can be found in avocados, almonds, cashews, peanut butter and oils made from plants and seeds - so olive oil, rapeseed, peanut, sesame and sunflower oils.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 which helps lower; heart rate, risks of clotting, triglycerides and blood pressure and can be found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines mackerel and tuna, walnuts linseed sand chia, eggs chicken and beef. Hold on I hear you say - earlier you said eggs and beef contain saturated fats - true, but its the balance, the blend of what we eat, making more informed choices can make our diet better for us not just in terms of our health but in terms of variety, flavour a break from the norm. Most advice is always a little bit of what you fancy now and again won’t hurt. But abuse the “fun stuff” at your peril.
Cook from Scratch
So what can we do to eat well without drastically increasing our chance of weight gain, bad cholesterol, heart disease or diabetes?Cooking at home from scratch and eating out where the food is cooked from scratch using high quality ingredients is undoubtedly the best thing you can do. Eat unsaturated fats in place of (not in addition to) saturated fats and as mentioned eat oily fish in place of fatty meat cuts weekly.
People often think healthy eating sounds boring at first, well think again, just cut the junk and add some of the beneficial foods, salmon, mackerel, seeds, nuts, vegetables, leaner meats, fruits and olive oil. This don't sound so bad to me and anything cooked from scratch is missing all the nasty stuff manufacturers add to ensure food lasts. Eat everything in moderation eat quality meat, fat and all, ideally meat that wasn't fed on antibiotics.
Going forward i know we will pay even more attention to our menus at the Devonshire Arms and the Bridge Inn, we already source great ingredients and quality oils for cooking. It was always important to us but even more so now after our recent thud back down to earth.
We will continue to ensure our menu’s allow the choice of plenty - where possible everything will be cooked from scratch using quality ingredients supporting a balanced diet and good nutrition.
Let’s try and look after ourselves a little better, kick the takeaways into touch (the odd treat is fine) get more active if you can, eat and drink better if you can, treat yourself occasionally, don’t worry too much if sometimes you’re pushed for time and you eat takeaway, junk food or something bad for you, just try not to make that the norm. eat the pizza, enjoy the biscuit - just not too often.
Remember fat isn’t bad for you - some are - not too much of the naughty stuff and enjoy polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and omega 3 fats.
Fat = Flavour and just for the record you will never see me or David eating margarine or similar.