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Carol Hirschfeld looks at the latest food & fitness trends to discover what's good for you and what's gobbledygook. In short: Do they work?

Customer Reviews

Good info

Loving it!

Healthy or hoax - coconut oil

Hi Carol, thanks for the informative show on coconut oil. I found the conclusions interesting but was disappointed that a really important point was mentioned by one guest and not followed up - it's to do with what we are replacing when we choose coconut oils in our kitchens. Heating vegetable oils is well studied and widely agreed to cause highly carcinogenic compounds. Even if we don't heat them at home, the process of using heat to extract vegetable oils (which covers the production of a huge majority of vege oils, excepting those that aren't 'cold pressed' or 'virgin') is currently up for grabs as damaging the oils to the point of being unhealthy. Most people heat their vegetable oil; heating coconut oil is safe. This is why I and many others I know choose to eat it, and I think skipping over it in your story leaves the 'healthy or hoax' picture very much incomplete.

Biased as. Right in Fonterra's pocket.

I was sort of enjoying this site until the episode about almond milk. The host and the other speakers speak as if cows' milk is the only source of calcium available. They also completely fail to mention the fat and cholesterol detriments. They underplay the global prevalence of lactose intolerance. The entire argument about only the secretions from a mammal should be called milk is frankly narrow-minded. Coconut milk, anyone? Milk of the poppy? Dairy milk does have benefits, but it also has a host of problems. The cows'milk in stores is also heavily processed, btw. The breathing, thinking, animals which are raped so that they become pregnant and produce milk are slaves living in a hell you would not wish on your worst enemy. Think about that. They are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. The milk, which is pumped out of them through mechanical pumps is boiled until it is powdered and then water is added again. So yeah, sounds pretty processed. I don't know where you found these Fonterra-backed spokespeople, but I suggest if you value your integrity as a journalist, that you actually do the homework yourself. Newsflash: humans don't actually NEED the breast milk meant to raise calfs. Humans, like all other mammals only need their mother's milk while their an infant. As adults, milk is entirely irrelevant at best and harmful to people and the environment at worst. Eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables gives people protien and calcium - where do you think the cows get their protien and calcium from??? The episode I'm talking about, on almond milk, was filled with several blatant lies that had me literally yelling at the speakers "That's a lie!"