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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

More deadly tucker cookbook aiming to improve Indigenous health

A cookbook developed with the help of Edith Cowan University (ECU) nutritionists is aiming to cut the rates of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians, by providing easy to cook meals that are high in nutrition.

More deadly tucker builds on the success of the original cookbook, Deadly tucker: a selection of recipes from the FOODcents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in WA program, and was developed by the North Metropolitan Health Service (NHMS) in consultation with more than 100 Indigenous people. ECU nutrition staff and students analysed and tested recipes submitted by Indigenous people and, if necessary, modified them so they met the nutritional content specified in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

NMHS Aboriginal health director Cheryl Hayward said between 2006 and 2010, seven out of 10 deaths of Indigenous people were attributed to chronic diseases. 'Good food and nutrition helps protect us against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer,' she said. 'The Aboriginal people we consulted expressed a need for recipes that are practical, pictorial and use familiar and readily available ingredients.'

Mary Ford, who submitted the Noongar steak stir-fry recipe, said she was already making good use of her copy of More deadly tucker. 'The recipes in the cookbook are great and I now cook them for my grandkids,' she said.

To get a copy of More deadly tucker, call (08) 9301 9209

Source: Wanneroo Times

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Last updated: 15 January 2014
 
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