Gourmet can be good for sensitive stomachs: cookbook

Tue Nov 3, 2009 9:08am EST
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By Miral Fahmy

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Who says healthy has to be boring? A new cookbook from top Australian chefs shows it is possible to eat a balanced meal, and enjoy it, even if you've got a sensitive stomach.

Compiled by the Australia's Gut Foundation, a charity dedicated to researching and improving awareness about digestive health, "The Gut Foundation Cookbook" includes breakfasts, snacks, main courses and desserts that are low in sugar, fats and, in some cases, gluten-free.

Sydney-based dietician Geraldine Georgeou, who co-edited the book, says the variety of ingredients used in the recipes showed that nutritious can be delicious and help prevent a range of gastrointestinal conditions including bowel cancer, diverticular disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

"A lot of people think that getting diagnosed with a gastrointestinal condition means you have to cut out whole food groups from your diet," Georgeou told Reuters.

"But the main issue is eating well, and this book shows that you can have good meals, at home or in a restaurant, and can still be healthy."

Bowel cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Australia and around the world, and the book said that poor diet was one of the contributing factors to its prevalence.

Other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, and the more common indigestion or heartburn, may also be caused by eating too much fat and too little fiber.

Georgeou said that people need to remember to eat fiber every day, and not only at breakfast, and also to realize that carbohydrates, and some fats, are good for you.   Continued...

<p>Chef Mitchell Bergman of Ravesi's Restaurant at Bondi cooks by candle and torchlight during 'Earth Hour' in Sydney March 31, 2007. REUTERS/Ed Giles</p>