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The 5 Star Anti-Health Rating System

The 5 Star Anti-Health Rating System 960 638 Janie

The Australian Government has recently introduced its new 5 Star Health Rating System (http://www.healthstarrating.gov.au/internet/healthstarrating/publishing.nsf/content/home). Although I am not sure what their definition of “health” is because as far as I can tell the more stars a product has the WORSE it seems to be for your health.

Basically, the less calories and the lower amount of saturated fat and salt a product has, the more stars it has – with 5 stars being the highest rating.

9365075Let’s take a look at one product that has achieved the 5 star rating – Nestle Soleil Peach and Mango Yoghurt.

Firstly 150g of this product contains only 65 calories – compare this to 150g of a plain Greek yoghurt (like Jalna) which contains about 200 calories. You may think that less calories is better, but if the calories from our food (from protein, fat and carbohydrates) are what actually nourishes us and sustains us, and if these have been removed, you have to ask yourself what has been added to this yoghurt to make up the difference?

Well, here are the ingredients: SKIM MILK, WATER, FRUIT (7.1%) (PEACH (4.6%), MANGO PUREE (2.5%)), MILK SOLIDS, THICKENERS (1442 (FROM TAPIOCA), 452, 407), GELATINE, FLAVOUR, ACIDITY REGULATORS (296, 331), SWEETENERS (951, 950), PRESERVATIVE (202), COLOUR (160B), ENZYME (LACTASE), LIVE CULTURES (CONTAINS B. LACTIS)

Sweeteners 950 and 951 are the artificial sweetener aspartame which has been linked to over 90 different health issues including headaches, depression, epilepsy, tumours and weight gain. Thickener 407 is carrageenan which has been implicated in stomach ulcers and cancer. Colour 160B is linked to asthma and hyperactivity.

Nestle have taken the calorie-containing “foods” out of the yoghurt and added in synthetic chemicals all in the name of achieving a 5 star rating.

You can check out the health issues related to additives yourself in this database.

For a comparison I entered Jalna Greek Yoghurt into the 5 star online calculator to see how it fared. The natural Greek yoghurt of 10% natural fat would get only 1 star on the star rating system despite containing only these real ingredients:

Pasteurised Whole Milk, Milk Solids, Cream, Live Cultures

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I know which yoghurt I will be eating! The one made from real food!

We need to eat food – real food – the food that has been sustaining us throughout our evolution and the food that our bodies are made from. We need to stop judging food by its calorie content (we are made from calories!) and by its fat content (the human brain evolved as a result of dietary fat!) and start judging it by its ingredients.

Real food is not made from ingredients, real food is ingredients.

This new 5 Star Rating System is not a positive step towards helping Australians achieve better health – this advice will unfortunately continue to keep the rates of obesity and chronic disease sky-rocketing.