Oil pulling (!?) and carrot cake…

DSC_1799James Murray is going to love me for this one. Oil pulling? Okay, where are the facts? Show me how much better my health will be if I do it. I need real facts. It’s meant to detox the body. Show me how with evidence to back it up. It’s not enough to tell me that my teeth will feel clean after I do it. I know they feel clean but they feel clean after I brush them too.  They feel clean after the hygienist scrapes them. They felt clean when I chewed on Blu Tack as a kid. I know. Disgusting. I used to do that lots as a kid when I went to school and forgot to brush my teeth LOL.

I tried oil pulling for 30 days. You know me. You need to try something for 30 days to break habits, start new habits etc. The only thing it made me do was gag. I’d much rather have my oils in my food. Give me a big fat spoon of coconut oil on my salad every day.

Anyway, I came across this article. It’s the first thing I’ve seen referencing some real science and facts. Have a read. It doesn’t tell you not to oil pull but it does make a couple of interesting comments.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/oil-pulling-your-leg/

Quote from article

“While oil pulling may be a better-than-nothing alternative if you are stuck without modern dental care, there is no scientific basis in either plausibility or empirical evidence for any claims of benefits to general health.”

Quote from article

“The one caveat is that extended periods of swishing that are commonly recommended (10-20 minutes) are likely not necessary and further present a risk of lipoid pneumonia from accidentally breathing in small amounts of oil.”

So go on then, show me the facts to convince me we should all be spending 10 to 20 minutes of our valuable time everyday oil pulling plus the time to brush our teeth afterwards. Maybe I’ll sacrifice my breakfast in the morning and oil pull instead……..then again maybe not!

Onto oil but this time, yummy delicious oil to eat. I put coconut oil in my carrot cake. Super tasty!

I love carrot cake. Then again, I love cake and chocolate but this isn’t a chocolate post so back to carrots. I eat at least one raw carrot every day. I love them. I sometimes have the dilemma though of whether I give my carrot to me or to Shadow (my horse). He bats his eye lids and always wins. Good job I always have spares.

Anyway, I have 2 carrot cake recipes for you. I have the one I use for the school lunch boxes (we’re not allowed coconut flour or nut flour at school due to allergies) and then I have a flourless one which I have for home. I like the flourless one best. But needs must for the lunch boxes.

Normal wheat flour but very delicious carrot cake

Ingredients

DSC_17948oz of spelt or unbleached white all purpose flour (or a mix of both)
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3oz of unrefined brown sugar/coconut sugar
8oz of carrots (washed and finely grated)
4oz of raisins
3 beaten eggs
4floz (110ml) of oil (I use coconut oil)
1 small mashed banana

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8″ square pan and line the base with parchment paper.

Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, spices, carrot, sugar and raisins.

Beat together the eggs, oil and banana.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients until they form a lumpy mix. Pour into the baking tin and spread out evenly.

Bake for around an hour until a toothpick comes out clean. Leave for 10 minutes and then turn out the cake to cool.

I like to ice this with mascarpone cheese but you can also ice with cream cheese or other icing of choice. PS…..it’s delicious as is!

Wheat free carrot cake (paleo- ish……Gluten free)

Ingredients

500g grated carrots
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
280g of ground almonds/almond meal/almond flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
70ml of melted coconut oil
100g of honey or maple syrup or 1 whole ripe mashed banana or a mix of both
75g of raisins
80g of walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 320F.  Lightly oil an 8″ square pan and line the base with parchment paper.

Beat the eggs. Combine wet ingredients. Combine dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients until they form a lumpy mix. Pour into the baking tin and spread out evenly.

Bake for 1 –  1½  hours or until cooked through (toothpick should come out dry. If it’s browning too much on top, put some foil over the tin.

Remove from the oven and cool completely in the tin.

See toppings above but again, this is delicious as is and also with a spread of raspberry jam – yum…

One thought on “Oil pulling (!?) and carrot cake…”

  1. I thought I’d give you a little light reading to consider the argument for coconut oil pulling. Now I personally don’t do it for aesthetic reasons. I mean if it were just about whitening teeth I could purchase one of the many destructive products available on the market and when you eat a diet of whole real foods dental care becomes sooo much easier. I also don’t use it as a replacement for brushing my teeth as I still brush. In fact, I brush directly after. Btw, you might want to check what goes into your toothpaste as they use quite a few fillers in that. Organic coconut oil – not so much.

    Enjoy the links.

    http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/ (health benefits of coconut oil which I don’t think we’ll debate)

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC444260/

    http://www.jisppd.com/article.asp?issn=0970-4388;year=2008;volume=26;issue=1;spage=12;epage=17;aulast=Asokan

    http://www.ijdr.in/article.asp?issn=0970-9290;year=2009;volume=20;issue=1;spage=47;epage=51;aulast=Asokan

    http://www.jisppd.com/article.asp?issn=0970-4388;year=2011;volume=29;issue=2;spage=90;epage=94;aulast=Asokan

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