ISSUE 20|  Feb  2017
It appears the media may have made a New Year's resolution to support balance in promotion of wellbeing. Don't get me wrong, there's been no shortage of stories about weight loss and tips to get healthy. But most stories are supporting a balanced diet of the main food groups rather than the fad diets that typically fill the pages of magazines and webpages at this time of year.

It's so nice to see a shift away from the rhetoric that labels foods as demons or angels and promotes a sense of shame for 'eating the wrong foods'. Wheat often falls victim to demonisation, but are the claims about the role of wheat inflammation and autism true? In this edition of Balance, we take a look at the current understanding of this topic.

Eating a variety of foods is just as important for our children as it is throughout our adulthood, so we've also examined the latest research on how nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child's life is critical for health in ways we are just starting to understand.
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Best wishes!

Michelle Broom
General Manager

Should We Still Be Eating Wheat?
Wheat has featured as a staple in the human diet for more than 8,500 years, but recently the media has led us to question if wheat is good for our health at all. We know that wheat can't be tolerated by a small subset of the population, but what about the rest of us?

Drawing on recent research, we've explored whether wheat plays a part in the role of autism and the increase of incidences of chronic disease in modern society, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.  >>READ MORE 

The First 1,000 Days of Life: The Link Between Nutrition & the Gut Microbiome
With new research emerging on the benefits of a healthy microbiome and good gut health, there is still much to be understood on the role gut health plays in our lives. 

Understanding the significant impact nutrition can have on the first 1,000 days of life is imperative if we're to fully understand the intricate link between nutrition, the microbiome and our health. We take a look at how nutrition can shape our health in the early days of life. >> READ MORE
Keeping Our Finger on the Pulse: The Phenomenal Success of the International Year of Pulses
With 2 out of 3 Australians simply not thinking to include pulses in their diet, the United Nation's International Year of Pulses (IYP) in 2016 helped to raise awareness of the considerable health and environmental benefits of pulses, showing just how versatile the humble pulse can be.

Moving into 2017, we take a look at the outcomes of the campaign and the far reaching effects IYP  has had around the globe, including record breaking crops and product innovation >> READ MORE  
GLNC Celebrates Global Pulse Day,  18th January 
On 18th January GLNC helped celebrate the second annual Global Pulse Day! A day dedicated to celebrating pulses and promoting awareness of their wonderful health and environmental benefits, it was the ideal way to continue the success of the International Year of Pulses in 2016.

We celebrated by holding a Pulse Feast for colleagues in our office, each bringing a different dish - which had to feature pulses -showing off the versatility of this humble food group. We enjoyed traditional hummus, a delicious crushed fava bean dish - traditionally eaten for breakfast in Egypt - and a spread of salads featuring butter beans, chickpeas and lentils. 

We're already looking forward to an even bigger celebration next year!  If you'd like to read more on the International Year of Pulses, click here .
Events: February to April 2017
1. Healthy Weight Week  - 13th-19th February
2. Dietitians Day - 31st March 
3.  World Congress on Public Health - 3rd-7th April
NEW Reformulated Sanitarium Weet-Bix Bites
Much loved cereal range Sanitarium Weet-Bix Bites have been available in supermarkets for many years - now all varieties have been reformulated to achieve a health star rating of 4. They are tasty and nutritious and can be enjoyed for breakfast with dairy, soy, or nut milk. They even make a convenient snack on-the-go. 

All the cereals in the Weet-Bix Bites range are a source of fibre and are very high in whole grains. These Bites are made from at least 60% whole grain wheat, with each serve contributing 63% towards the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council's 48g Whole Grain Daily Target Intake.

Choose from five different flavours: Banana Blast, Crunchy Honey, Wildberry, Apricot and Energise Vanilla, they're available at Woolworths, Coles and selected independent stores in the cereal aisle.  For more information, please visit the Sanitarium website  here.
NEW Wonder Smooth Wholegrain 
Getting kids to eat healthy, whole grain bread can be a daily challenge, so mums will love new Wonder Smooth Wholegrain - it's the only whole grain bread that looks and tastes like white bread, so much so that the kids won't notice the difference.

The clever bakers at Wonder White have developed a recipe that both mums and kids will love - the goodness of whole grains, ground smooth and baked into white bread. New Wonder Smooth Wholegrain contains all the best bits, without the bits, so kids can enjoy high fibre, whole grain goodness in the delicious, soft and fluffy bread that they prefer.

Wonder Smooth Wholegrain is available from supermarkets Australia-wide. For more information, visit Wonder White's website here.


As part of GLNC's role to review the latest science on grains and legumes, we provide a snapshot of the latest research.

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