Nut industry fights back against “unhealthy” fat bias

Nut industry fights back against “unhealthy” fat bias
▪ November 28, 2012
▪ Kate Carey
A comprehensive Australian report has reviewed the scientific literature on nuts and health and has countered the view that nuts are fattening. The report titled The 2012 Nut Report: Nuts and the Big Fat Myth reviews the past 20 years of research into nut consumption.
According to the report, the “nuts make you fat” diet myth is so engrained in the Australian psyche it’s the number one reason 98% of Australian don’t eat the recommended 30g handful of nuts a day.
Surprisingly, health professionals are not immune to the myth with only 1% of general practitioners (GPs) and 4% of dietitians consuming the recommended daily intake of nuts. This is despite widespread understanding of their health benefits, with 93% of GPs and 99% of dietitians agreeing nuts play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease.
Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and author of the report Ms Lisa Yates said the review confirmed nuts do not cause weight gain, despite the confusion regarding mono and polyunsaturated fats contained in nuts.
“The review of research reveals nut eaters generally have a lower body mass index (BMI), a better diet, less risk of chronic disease and are less likely to gain weight than people who avoid eating nuts,” Ms Yates said.
According to Ms Yates, consuming a handful (30g) of nuts at least five times a week has been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease by 30-50%.
The Nuts and the Big Fat Myth report analyses highly regarded population studies including the landmark Seventh-day Adventist study, Nurses’ Health Study and the Physicians’ Health Study, which followed more than 130,000 people in total, as well as more than 60 intervention studies including research on weight management in diets designed to achieve other health outcomes such as cholesterol lowering and diabetes management.
It follows a NHMRC review2 of food health literature to help underpin the upcoming Australian Dietary Guidelines that determined: “consumption of nuts (65-110 g / day) does not lead to weight gain in the short-term”.
The report was prepared by AAPD Lisa Yates in her role as dietitian for the Australian tree nuts industry’s nutrition body, Nuts for Life, and includes a foreword by Weight Watchers.

The Australian nut industry is fighting back against the “unhealthy” fat bias.


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Olympic Fine Foods commenced operations in Perth Western Australia 32 years ago, and soon became one of the most popular brands of packaged nuts & cereals in Australia.

The company always prided itself on quality of the product, and quality of the mix, which is  why the brand has survived over the years.
Over 75% of our raw materials have value added to them in our manufacturing facility, by way of mix, roasting, salting or convenience packaging.

In our world, nuts are not “just nuts” and our muesli is special!


Where can they be purchased?

Our products can be purchased at many IGA stores, and numerous food outlets through out Western Australia, and soon Australia wide.



Phone or email us for your closest location:

Ph:    08 92401475

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Olympic Fine Foods has been through a consolidation period in recent years, mainly due to the changing  strategies of the large supermarket chains.

In 2010, Olympic Fine foods merged with another Western Australian snack food specialist, being Stirling Food Wholesalers.

Stirling Foods has a large focus on the bulk market, and therefore the two companies are a perfect fit for each other.

In November 2011, the Stirling-Olympic company was acquired by a small consortium of business owners, and therefore is under new management, albeit with most of the loyal and original staff.

The re-emerging company is in a healthy position and expects to maintain/improve quality, whilst delivering a better service to our valued store owners.

Click here to enter our main Stirling –Olympic Website for more detail

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