Healthy Eating

Niulife Chocolate Coconut Butter – Ingredients & Processing – Pantry Audit

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Certified  Organic


Low GI (35) – Gluten & Grain Free – Dairy Free – Vegan



raw organic extra virgin coconut oil

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raw organic cacao powder

Cacao is the source of chocolate – made from the bean of the cacao tree. The full name of this food is Theobroma cacao, which translates as ‘food of the gods.’  Raw Cacao has more antioxidants than any other food including green tea and red wine.

Raw cacao powder is unadulterated and sold mostly via health food stores and online retailers. Cacao in its natural state contains no sugars. As a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao.


 raw organic wildcrafted agave syrup

Wildly contradictory information out there, both for and against. Some say it is ok in moderation, some say it is so bad for us. Seems to be another product in the sweetener race that has overtaken the sugar industry – google it and make your own decision


organic vanilla bean

Vanilla is a flavour derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla, primarily from the Mexican species, flat-leaved vanilla (V. planifolia).

Initial attempts to cultivate vanilla outside Mexico and Central America proved futile because of the symbiotic relationship between the vanilla orchid and its natural pollinator, the local species of Melipona bee. Pollination is required to set the fruit from which the flavouring is derived. In 1841, Edmond Albius, a slave, discovered at the age of 12 that the plant could be hand-pollinated, which allowed global cultivation of the plant. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, because growing the vanilla seed pods is labor-intensive. Despite the expense, vanilla is highly valued for its flavour.

Vanilla beans consist of an almost waxy dark brown plump and smooth pod filled with thousands of little brown flavourful specks that smell highly fragrant. They are considered by some to be the ultimate in flavouring and scenting baked goods 


Himalayan crystal salt

Himalayan salt is a term for halite (commonly known as rock salt). It is mined in Pakistan. The salt sometimes comes out in a reddish or pink colour, with some crystals having an off-white to transparent colour.

Containing all of the 84 elements found in your body, the benefits of natural Himalayan Crystal Salt are listed as regulating the water content throughout your body; promoting healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells; promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging; assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body, absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract; supporting respiratory health; promoting sinus health, prevention of muscle cramps; promoting bone strength; regulating sleep; promoting vascular health and in conjunction with water, it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure



The coconut oil is processed by

Direct Micro Expelling (DME)


Fair Dinkum Fair Trade

Fair Dinkum Fair Trade

Niulife states:

DME extra virgin coconut oil blended with raw foods – made in small batches using the very freshest raw organic ingredients.

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Woolworths Breakfast Pots Fruit Free Muesli – Ingredients & Processing – Pantry Audit

Breakfast Pots Fruit Free Muesli








Breakfast Pots Fruit Free Muesli ING






Toasted Cereal:


The common oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name

Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye. Since those grains do have gluten in them, that cross-contamination makes most oatmeal brands unsafe on a gluten-free diet

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease. Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years. People eating the most fiber, 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least, 5 grams daily. Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD.



 A hybrid of wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale) first bred in laboratories during the late 19th century. Commercially available triticale is almost always a second generation hybrid, i.e., a cross between two kinds of primary (first cross) triticales. As a rule, triticale combines the yield potential and grain quality of wheat with the disease and environmental tolerance (including soil conditions) of rye. Only recently has it been developed into a commercially viable crop. In 1970, the first commercial variety of triticale went on sale and triticale bread, flour and breakfast cereals became available. It is grown mostly for forage or fodder, although some triticale-based foods can be purchased at health food stores or are to be found in some breakfast cereals

When crossing wheat and rye, wheat is used as the female parent and rye as the male parent (pollen donor). The resulting hybrid is sterile, and must be treated with  colchicine (a medication that treats gout) to induce polyploidy and thus the ability to reproduce itself.



A sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey has had a long history in human consumption. Flavours of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. Honey has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose and glucose, containing about 70 to 80 percent sugar, which gives it its sweet taste – minerals and water make up the rest of its composition

It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The healing qualities of honey were referred to by philosophers and scientists all the way back to ancient times, such as Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) and Aristoxenus (320 BC). Honey possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties.


Canola Oil

Deemed to be heart-healthy, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised a qualified health claim in 2006 for canola oil’s ability to reduce the risk of heart disease when used in place of saturated fat.

Developed through the hybridisation of rape seed, canola oil is actually a delicate oil that turns rancid very quickly.  Deodorisers are typically used in the making of canola oil. Rape seed oil is toxic because it contains significant amounts of a poisonous substance called erucic acid.

Canola oil is a poisonous substance, an industrial oil that does not belong in the body. It contains “the infamous chemical warfare agent mustard gas, hemagglutinins and toxic cyanide-containing glycosides. It is said to cause mad cow disease, blindness, nervous disorders, clumping of blood cells and depression of the immune system.



Also known as molasses or golden syrup (depending on colour and strength of taste), treacle is an uncrystallised syrup made during the refining of sugar. Treacle is used both in cooking as a sweetener and as a condiment


Antioxidant (306)

Food additive, also known as Tocophero and Vitamin E. Commercially it can be extracted, by distillation in a vacuum, from cottonseed, maize, rice germ, soya bean oil, wheat germ, or green leaves and may, therefore, come from genetically modified sources.  Also obtained by extraction from vegetable oils, such as wheat and rice germ, and can help prevent oxidation of Vitamin A. Its application to food products is limited by its strong flavour. It is used as a natural antioxidant in food and drink products.

Vitamin E is important in fertility and reproduction, as well as being involved in the formation of red blood cells. It also acts to protect cell membranes from oxidation. Excessive doses may cause side effects, such as blurred vision and headaches. 


Nuts: Almonds

The edible and widely cultivated seed of the almond tree. Almonds are a natural source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and high quality protein. Almonds also contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in addition to a lot of bioactive molecules (such as fiber, phytosterols, vitamins, other minerals, and antioxidants) which can help prevent cardiovascular heart diseases. Nuts and seeds are vegetable foods that are richest in fibre


Nuts: Hazelnuts

A hazelnut is the nut of the hazel trees and shrubs and is also known as cobnut or filbert nut according to species. The kernel of the seed is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste. Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of thiamine and vitamin B6, as well as smaller amounts of other B vitamins.


Nuts: Macadamia

Macadamia is a genus of four species of trees indigenous to Australia and constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. Gluten-free and an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Also rich in many important B-complex vitamins and they contain small amounts of vitamins A and E



The label states just “sunflower” – it is highly unlikely that the actual flower is within the muesli as it is not a food. It is likely to be sunflower seeds or sunflower oil. Here is the dilemma – sunflower seeds get great coverage as a healthy snack whereas sunflower oil gets equally great coverage as something to avoid at all costs within our diet


Natural Flavour: Dextrose

Dextrose is a sugar. It is an isotope of glucose and is gluten-free. Dextrose has a vegetable source, but may be processed through a bone char filter. The bone char decolours the sugar. It is a simple sugar, which functions as a sweetener in foods and drinks.


Anti-Caking Agent 551

Another product with varying views – some for, some against:

Silicon dioxide – From sand or Quartz. No adverse effects are known in food use. Artificial sweetener, anti-caking agent, thickener and stabiliser in beer, confectionary, sausages, dried milk – huge range of foods.

Silica (silicon dioxide) is used in some powdered foods to ensure that they are free flowing. While its industrial uses are many, its health benefits appear to be nil. Silica is a compound that is found in soil. There are people who have made the assumption that it must be beneficial to health based on this. Another basis for the assumption about silica’s benefits is the fact that trace amounts of it are found inside fruits and vegetables, which could produce some minor contributions to good health, but mostly to the health of those fruits and vegetables. Supplementing with silica has not been shown to provide any health benefits to humans, and all silica supplements contain far more silica than anyone could consume naturally.


Contains: Gluten

A protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.


Contains: Tree Nuts 

The tree nut family includes almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts and others. Tree nuts are different to peanuts because tree nuts come from a different plant family. People who are allergic to peanuts are not necessarily allergic to tree nuts and vice versa, however people who are allergic to one tree nut have a tendency to be allergic to other tree nuts. For example people who have a cashew nut allergy are often also allergic to pistachio nut



Query has been sent to Woolworths. Will keep you updated on response

General info:

none available on pack





Natural – Does That Word Have Meaning Anymore?


We see the word ‘natural” plastered across so many foods in the supermarket – “foods” that most can tell are not natural. In some cases, an ingredient or two may have started out as something natural but probably isn’t anymore. In more cases, it is a blatantly misleading statement about a “food” that is not natural in any way.

Aren’t there laws about misleading advertising? Or have those laws been compromised by further legislation and regulations which serve to confuse the entire issue and actually provide an “out” for companies to say pretty much whatever they want on our food packaging?


Let’s start with the dictionary meaning of the word NATURAL. We researched across a few dictionaries and here is the short list concerning food:

  • existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind
  • having had a minimum of processing or preservative treatment and containing no chemical additives
  • based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature
  • in conformity with the ordinary course of nature; not unusual or exceptional
  • not treated, tanned, refined, etc; in its original or raw state


The simple fact is that the word NATURAL most certainly does have meaning.

The fact that some food companies are out of integrity with their use of this word does not change its meaning in any way at all.

It does mean, however, that these companies are out of integrity and not to be trusted

The truth is NATURALLY simple and straightforward (excuse the pun!) – as it always has been and as it always will be.

The truth will also set you free – now there is a truth to hang on to!

Educate yourself today regarding food and health

Trident Coconut Milk – Ingredients & Processing – Pantry Audit


Trident Coconut Milk












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Coconut Milk (52%)

Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a coconut. The colour and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content. Most of the fat is saturated fat – the good kind

Several grades of coconut milk exist: from thick at 20-22% fat to thin at 5-7% fat level. Thick milk can be prepared by directly squeezing grated coconut meat through cheesecloth. The squeezed coconut meat is then soaked in warm water and squeezed a second or third time for thin coconut milk.


Speaks for itself but no indicator as to whether filtered or not

Stabiliser 466

Carboxymethylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically modified. No known adverse effects but it could be produced from genetically engineered cotton plants. Known to cause cancer when ingested by test animals. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Similar as cellulose, but very soluble in water. Found in many different products. Carboxymethyl cellulose is very soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. It also lowers slightly the blood cholesterol level. 

Can be found on lists of “food additives to be avoided” but no explanations as to why eg



Query has been sent to Trident. Will keep you updated on response

General info:

Coconut milk can be made at home by processing grated coconut with hot water or milk, which extracts the oil and aromatic compounds. It has then a fat content of 17-24% depending on the fat level of the coconut meat and the quantity of added water. When refrigerated and left to set, coconut cream will rise to the top and separate out from the milk. To avoid this in commercial sold coconut milk, an emulsifier(s) and a stabiliser(s) have to be used.

Manufacturers of canned coconut milk typically combine thin and thick milk, with the addition of water as a filler. An official world standard can be found at Codex Alimentarius, STAN 240-2003.

Shaking the can prior to opening will even it out to a creamy thickness. Some brands sold in Western countries add thickening agents and/or emulsifiers to prevent the milk from separating inside the can, since the separation tends to be misinterpreted as an indicator of spoilage by people unfamiliar with coconut milk.

Once opened, cans of coconut milk must be refrigerated and are usually only good for a few days. If not, the milk can sour and spoil easily.


Coconut Milk in cans:

BPA is used in the lining of certain canned foods. BPA especially leaches into canned foods that are acidic, salty or fatty, such as coconut milk, tomatoes, soup, and vegetables. Something to note in light of a recent study which found an association between neurobehavioral problems in infants and high levels of BPA in their mothers.

If you want to be on the safe side and reduce your exposure to BPA, you have to reduce your consumption of canned foods as much as possible.

Coconut milk can also be made quite easily at home, with coconut flakes, a blender and cheesecloth. Here’s a video to show you how


Introducing Pantry Audits

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Natural Surrender is very pleased to announce our latest offering to the public:

Pantry Audits

Pantry Audits are blog posts that, each time, will list a food product with the following information:

product name

product photo

the individual ingredients as listed on the product

what those individual ingredients actually are

known health benefits or disadvantages of consuming an individual ingredient

where possible, the processes that the food has undergone before being placed for sale


What we don’t list:

personal opinion or review as to the quality of the food


This information is designed to assist one and all with informed choices about what we are eating. (You do get our opinion right here – we think this is of paramount importance in today’s world!!)

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Niulife DME Coconut Oil – Ingredients & Processing – Pantry Audit

Welcome to our very first Pantry Audit where we list food ingredients with explanation & processes used – so you can make informed choices about what you are eating


What better product to start with than one of our cornerstone products, Niulife Coconut Oil:

Coconut Oil


100%  Coconut Oil

Certified  Organic



Direct Micro Expelling (DME)





Fair Dinkum Fair Trade

Fair Dinkum Fair Trade

What is DME Coconut Oil?

Coconut OilHow does DME Coconut Oil earn the title of “a virgin coconut oil of vastly superior quality”?


To start, let’s explain the term DME, which stands for Direct Micro Expelling

  • Direct — quick (oil produced within 1 hour of opening the nut) and efficient (oil extraction efficiency of 85%)
  • Micro — small scale business (family farm size)
  • Expelling — extraction of virgin oil and meal


There is a whole story to this which is incredibly uplifting – here is the short version:

dan Introducing Dr Dan Etherington who holds a PhD from Stanford University in Agricultural Economics. In response to the needs of remote island communities he invented DME in the early 1990’s and founded Kokonut Pacific to support producers and bring this superior oil to market

 With DME, small-scale processing is taken to the nuts rather than taking the nuts, in debased form (copra), to a large-scale processing plant

This Australian technology is the quickest process in the world and along with  strict quality controls locks in all the flavour and goodness. For quality assurance Kokonut Pacific set the DME Standard for your protection and the empowering and advancement of the islanders they work with. Furthermore, the DME process extracts coconut oil without the use of any chemicals and as such it is Hexane-free (Hexane = chemical solvent used by some to extract oil)

After DME coconut oil is extracted, the residual meal is de-fatted grated coconut and is excellent for baking biscuits and cakes and as stock feed. The DME equipment can also produce excellent coconut cream for local domestic use. Where the oil is packaged locally or used by local cosmetic, soap and detergent producers there is significant value added

A single DME coconut press gives regular meaningful employment to teams of 3 to 7 people. Production can take place all year round and in virtually any weather.  DME uses a totally different approach to coconut compared to that of the existing copra industry, which has been termed as “modern slavery”

In general, the net return from the DME process is about 4 times that of copra production. In dollar terms, Jack Chottu, owner of Chottu’s Coconut Products in the Solomon Islands states that from 800 coconuts, he used to produce 1 bag of copra which earned him $220-. Now by using DME technology to produce virgin coconut oil, he earns $1,400- from 800 coconuts. This takes him out of survival mode and allows him to build a home for his family, buy a car, pay school fees, employ other locals and much more

 The DME process is fully sustainable and, as such, does not use any fuel other than the coconuts used to produce the oil. Also it does not intrude on the timber resources or other non-renewable fuels.

Besides its uses as food and skin moisturising, virgin coconut oil is a good lamp fuel and, of all the vegetable oils, it is the best direct substitute for diesel-engine fuel

The DME technology is indeed well described in the company motto of “Empowering and bringing hope” – helping thousands of people in developing countries achieve a better standard of living.

DME is a four-fold “bottom line” production process

  1. It cares for people
  2. It looks after the planet
  3. It is profitable for all
  4. It seeks to be sensitive to culture and spirituality

The DME Standard for Coconut Oil

 DMEThe DME Standard is a set of quality and ethical standards that the Direct Micro Expelling method of producing virgin coconut oil achieves and the manufacturers adhere to. A “best practice” process guarantees an exceptionally high quality of oil for the world market, sustainable production for the operators, and maintenance of renewable resources for the earth

The DME Standard fully justifies the naming of Niulife coconut oil as “Extra Virgin”

DME extra virgin coconut oil:

  • Cold-pressed virgin oil produced within one hour of opening a nut
  • Real food that is hand-made and natural, raw and unrefined
  • Health giving — rich in the good medium chain fats, especially lauric acid
  • Not hydrogenated and no trans fatty acids
  • Less than 0.1% free fatty acid (FFA) level at production
  • Clear like pure water when settled
  • Natural mild coconut aroma and flavour
  • Production temperature less than 35°C above melting point
  • Keeps at room temperature for more than two years
  • Produced by small village units with easy-to-use DME hand-operated press
  • Produced where coconuts grow, empowering local families in their own business in remote areas
  • Reversing the trend of youth having to go to the cities to look for work
  • Gender-neutral, family ‘cottage industry’ processing – rather than big factories
  • A self-fuelling process that uses coconut oil, shell and husk as fuel
  • 100% renewable and sustainable energy source for producers
  • Certified Organic by NASAA Australia, an internationally (IFOAM) accredited certifier


Completely different from inferior products that:

  • Use copra as the starting point of their production process
  • Produce a crude coconut oil that has much higher free fatty acid levels (3%+)
  • Produce oil that has to be refined, bleached and deodorised (RBD) to be edible
  • Make oil that is produced days or weeks after the opening of a nut
  • Have their value added in urban-based factories that don’t empower rural operators
  • Are produced with high pressure, high temperature or chemical processes
  • Use non-renewable fuels in the production process


DME has set a new standard for coconut oil, both in production and in quality

Strawberry Coconut Bliss Smoothie

A version of a local ice cream parlour’s favoured treat, minus the guilt!

Servings: 2         Preparation Time: 5 minutes


  •  1 1/2 cups plain kefir (preferably homemade)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain kefir (preferably homemade)
  • 1-3 organic eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic natural vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic cinnamon
  • 1 1/2-2 cups organic frozen strawberries

Add kefir, desired amount of eggs, coconut oil and honey to the blender and combine thoroughly. The extra eggs and coconut oil provide even longer lasting satisfaction and energy.

Add vanilla, cinnamon and strawberries (adjust amount according to desired thickness) and blend on medium, then high speed until thoroughly combined, thick and creamy.

Garnish with additional strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. A quick, easy, delicious and nourishing breakfast or afternoon snack!

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Coconut Blueberry Smoothie


  • 6 oz organic coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries1/2 banana
  • 2 tablespoons organic whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 6-8 ice cubes, depending on how you like it.

Blend everything together except the coconut oil in blender or Thermomix.  As you are blending, pour the liquid coconut oil in through the top. Blend till smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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