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Meals on Wheels bush tucker project expands

From the Benjamin Christie site:

Bush tucker menus could soon be available to elderly Aborigines living in far west New South Wales, in Australia are considering changing the menu for Aboriginal clients by providing bush tucker ingredients in their home delivery meals. These bush tucker dishes would be healthier and help lower the high rates of diabetes in Aboriginal communities. The chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels NSW, Les McDonald, says “Older Aboriginal people will not eat the (standard) meals because of the nature of the cuisine,” he said.

Some of the ingredients which maybe offered include low fat game meats such as kangaroo and emu, which are high in polyunsaturated fats and low in total fats providing increased health benefits.

An ingredient such as wattleseed which was traditionally eaten as a seedcake by some Aboriginal groups has been shown to have a low glycaemic index. More recently the roasted wattleseed created by Vic Cherikoff as a food flavouring can be used to make delicious dampers, scones, pancakes or even used in condiments such as mustards and sauces. Interestingly because of its low glycaemic index it still slows the absorption rate of foods flavoured with wattleseed.

And here's a strange one - I heard a snippet about this on ABC March 15 and went to their website to get the details. Here's all I found (check out the date!) 

From ABC On line 

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

What started as an initiative to provide bush tucker-style meals to Indigenous people is now evolving into a major project for the Broken Hill region in far western NSW.

Interested parties met over the weekend and expanded the idea of providing bush tucker to the elderly to now include the involvement of school groups and a bush tucker festival.

Les MacDonald, the chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels in NSW, says the bush tucker concept has grown and it could become a major business venture.

"We have to start setting up processes that enable all of these projects to be controlled at a local level - that in effect is our next phase, so my view is some of these things will start to happen in the next few weeks," he said.

Aboriginal elder Dr Beryl Carmichael says the Meals on Wheels program has huge potential in the region as a business opportunity, but most importantly it will help improve the health of local Indigenous people.

"For the last 20 years we've heard our people are dying earlier from diseases that can be prevented and after having people in my camp in the bush and getting their sugar level down like I mentioned before, I was thinking the answers are out here, the answers are in us," she said.

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