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Unhealthy cereals and healthy grain free cereals!

Posted on: September 30th, 2016 by KablooeyMonsters No Comments

There are good health reasons why Raw Gorilla grain free breakfast cereals and snacks do not contain added refined sugar.

The Daily Mail online has just published a shocking exposure of the amount of cane sugar in popular cereals, that sit on most peoples breakfast tables.

The headline reads

‘Not such a healthy start to the day! The breakfast cereals that contain almost TWICE as much sugar as a chocolate-filled pastry…’

Pain au chocolat contains slightly more than 9g of sugar on average
But popular branded breakfast cereals often exceed that amount
Coco Pops, Frosties and Crunchy Nut top the list for highest sugar content
‘Healthy’ cereals Fruit ‘N’ Fibre and Jordans Country Crisp make the list

There is a reason that we have gone to the trouble to NOT add any cane sugar to any of our products. Instead we use fruits such as lucuma, and dried fruits such as dates.

The facts about refined sugar being damaging to health are well known. What is not so well known is how much is put into so many foods.

The dreadful fact about refined sugar is that it is addictive, and has no nutritional value just a lot of calories for energy, which turn to fat if not used.
Many medics have said they believe that peoples addiction to sugar is the root cause of diabetes and obesity, two of the biggest killers.

In addition sugar affects the PH of the body. We should be alkaline in PH. There is a lot of evidence that shows that a PH which is acidic leads to disease , even cancer.
To correct any type of imbalance, the body draws on mineral stores. For example, to protect the blood, calcium is drawn from the bones and teeth — enough to weaken bones. This precipitates osteoarthritis.
Refined sugar may even be damaging to the digestive system, particularly for those who have difficulty digesting carbohydrates.

Hidden sources of sugar

The trouble is in the supermarket today that so many products contain hidden sources of sugar. People think they are being healthy eating a cereal which even positions itself as healthy.
The mass produced, overly refined and processed foods are cheap because they actually contain little nutrition and are loaded with refined processed sugar, additives, colourants, all of which our taste buds become accustomed to.

Sugar has similar toxic effects to the liver as alcohol does.

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Read more of the Daily Mail article : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3815313/The-breakfast-cereals-contain-twice-sugar-pain-au-chocolate-pastry.html#ixzz4LkgIg8u6

Raw Gorilla Munching for the London Fashion show

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by KablooeyMonsters No Comments

London fashion showRaw Gorilla helped fuel some energy with the casting for the London Fashion Show 2016 with the PRM model agency, and here was a bit of fun with the beautiful international models having a lark around using boomerang and Munching!.

We helped with some Munchies in the goody bags… keep them energised.

London fashion show

In Vogue :) Healthy breakfasts

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by KablooeyMonsters No Comments

healthy breakfastsWe were featured in Vogue Magazine earlier in the year. They wrote that we ‘revolutionised childhood favourites to create a delicious raw breakfast gently dehydrated at below 42 degrees. As the UK’s first raw, paleo and sprouted breakfast range, each product is free from gluten, grain and dairy as well as being organic and delicious. Whether you’re into raw cacao, sweet maca caramel or tangy pecan strawberry all can be found at Planet Organic , Selfridges, Wholesfoods and from www.rawgorilla.co.uk’
Of course we are now also with Ocado and many other outlets. If you want to know where is near to you drop us a line at hello@rawgorilla.co.uk
Just a reminder again that Planet Organic and Wholefoodsmarket are offering 15% discount for the month of Sept 🙂
Since then we have also been awarded The Great Taste Award 2016 star for our cacao crispies and the Original crispies with Tigernuts:)
Thank you to you all who keep on supporting us trying to make healthy breakfast cereals and snacks accessible to all .

What is a vegan diet ?

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by KablooeyMonsters No Comments

Vegan diets.
A vegan diet contains only plants – such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits – and foods made from plants. Vegans don’t eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.

Can you be healthy on a vegan diet?

Yes. The health service advises the following:
Healthy eating as a vegan
You should be able to get most of the nutrients you need from eating a varied and balanced vegan diet.
For a healthy vegan diet:
Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates. Choose wholegrain where possible.
Have some dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks and yoghurts). Choose lower-fat and lower-sugar options.
Eat some beans, pulses and other proteins.
Choose unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat in small amounts.
Drink plenty of fluids – the government recommends 6-8 cups/glasses a day.
If you’re having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar, have these less often and in small amounts.
But advise if you don’t plan your diet properly, you could miss out on essential nutrients, such as calcium, iron and vitamin B12.

The vegan society recommends the following for sources for B12
Very low B12 intakes can cause anemia and nervous system damage. The only reliable vegan sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B12 supplements. Vitamin B12, whether in supplements, fortified foods, or animal products, comes from micro-organisms. Most vegans consume enough B12 to avoid anemia and nervous system damage, but many do not get enough to minimize potential risk of heart disease or pregnancy complications.

To get the full benefit of a vegan diet, vegans should do one of the following:

Eat fortified foods two or three times a day to get at least three micrograms (mcg or µg) of B12 a day
OR Take one B12 supplement daily providing at least 10 micrograms
OR Take a weekly B12 supplement providing at least 2000 micrograms.
If relying on fortified foods, check the labels carefully to make sure you are getting enough B12. For example, if a fortified plant milk contains 1 microgram of B12 per serving then consuming three servings a day will provide adequate vitamin B12. Others may find the use of B12 supplements more convenient and economical.

The less frequently you obtain B12 the more B12 you need to take, as B12 is best absorbed in small amounts. The recommendations above take full account of this. There is no harm in exceeding the recommended amounts or combining more than one option.

What are vegan sources of calcium?

Green leafy vegetables, including spring greens, cabbage, swede, rocket, watercress, kale, broccoli and parsley (remember that spinach is not a good source of calcium; the calcium is bound to oxalates and therefore poorly absorbed) Fortified foods such as soya milk, calcium-set tofu and white bread. Oranges.

What is a Paleo diet?

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by KablooeyMonsters No Comments

What is a Paleo diet ?

A diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food

It’s always good starting with a definition!
Also called the cave man diet .. this diet is really to eat no to processed food, refined food and goes back to how we would have originally eaten prior to mass production and everything that entails. Can you hunt it?, gather it ?

Believers say that it is the only healthy way to be to because it works on genetics, what our DNA is coded to eat originally.
It is the modern diet which is full of refined foods, cane sugar, toxins, preservatives, which has lead to disease and illness. In support of this are many scientific studies which attribute the modern processed diet is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility to name a few.
The paleo diet

Lean Proteins
First belief is to have lean proteins , because it is these which support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune functioning. Paleoists also believe good levels of lean protein are essential to feel satisfied between meals.

Vegetable and fruit

Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.

Grain free

One of the greatest deviations away from our ancestral diet is the amounts and types of fat found in modern grain feed animals vs. the amounts and types of fats found in grass fed or wild meat, fowl and fish. What we observe is wild meat is remarkably lean, and has relatively low amounts of saturated fats, while supplying significant amounts of beneficial omega-3 fats.

Paleo diet

Okay To Eat Avoid
Fruits Dairy
Vegetables Grains
Lean Meats Processed Food
& Sugars
Seafood Legumes
Nuts & Seeds Starches
Healthy Fats Alcohol

Health Benefits of a Paleo Diet
For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is all they need. Improved blood lipids, weight loss, and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough.  Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny.
With a very simple shift we not only remove the foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) but we also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

We market our crispies and munchies as Paleo friendly in that they contain no dairy, cane sugar, preservatives or grain or gluten. The basis of them is buckwheat seeds which as it names suggest is a seed not a grain !