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The view from my side of the Paddock


Don’t Always Listen to Experts (or not many of them) or Believe What you Read (except in the NVNews!)

Regarding ‘Experts’, think about who is funding the (mis-)information and then, as all NVN readers do, use your common sense.

A few years ago, we were told not to eat butter because it was bad for you, but eat margarine. Now margarine has been discredited as the unnatural substance it is. Then we were told eggs are bad for you. Then, we were told (and maybe not in this order) milk and cheese are bad for you.

Now we have the new Australian Dietary Guidelines, recently released, to advise us on what to eat, and how much of it, for a healthy life. As the Guidelines information points out, ‘we need dietary advice that is based on the best scientific evidence on food and health.’ Hopefully, these Guidelines are based on scientific advice and not just on information from “Experts”.

The detailed Guidelines recognise that consuming milk, yogurt and cheese can protect us against heart disease – not to mention how good they are for bone health, as we all know. The Guidelines say that evidence suggests that Aussies need to eat more: Vegies and legumes/beans; fruits; wholegrain cereals;
reduced fat milk, yogurt and cheese; fish, seafood, poultry, eggs, nuts and seeds; and Young Females only – red meat.

We all know what we need to eat and drink less of … We live in the Northern Valleys – home to the best oranges and mandarins you can buy, and for very little money. How about juicing oranges every day for kids now the local citrus season is with us again? And you are supporting our local producers.

Mandarins are the ideal lunch box fruit. Almost 99 percent of Aussie teenagers up to 16 fail to reach the recommended requirements of fruit intake.

Local Veg of the Month –
Cauliflower Can be smelly, because of sulphur-smelling indoles, when overcooked (or old). So eat Cauli raw in salads or boil until ‘al dente’ i.e. only just soft. Lovely crunchy Caulis coming from the Gingin region right now.
In season:
Fruit: strawberries, mandarins, oranges, apples including Pink Lady and Golden Delicious, Pears – Beurre Bosc, Josephines and Packams, lemons.
Veg: Cauli, broccoli, new potatoes, spinach, beetroot, parsnips, turnips, swedes, leeks, heirloom carrots, kale.

Blueberries are a new crop to the region, so you might spot some for sale. Macadamia and pistachio nuts are available in the region.
Olives are still being processed for extra virgin olive oil.
Banksia flowers are out on the roadsides – so good to see !