Key Benefits of Augustine’s SuperBoost

  • 100% certified organic – made under & governed by human food standards
  • Prevention & management of arthritis, pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Provides vital nutrients that processing can destroy
  • Produced entirely from wholefoods (no synthetics)
  • Promotes healthy skin, shiny coat & strong nails
  • Naturally enhances performance & vitality
  • Suitable for dogs with meat protein issues
  • Strong focus on disease prevention
  • Promotes healthy organ function
  • Suitable for ALL dogs

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Lets talk dog supplements

Each month we receive testimonials praising the benefits of Augustine’s SuperBoost and whilst it is doing remarkable things for dogs (and funnily enough people), it is easy for outsiders to mistake it as being just another dog supplement.

By definition yes, Augustine’s SuperBoost is technically a canine supplement but it doesn’t have the usual characteristics of one.

For starters unlike the majority of dog supplements and multivitamins Augustine’s SuperBoost is not made using animal products or dead synthetic nutrients produced in a lab.  Each of its wholefood ingredients is there ONLY for the benefit of the consumer – not for shelf life, cost or flavour.

Augustine’s SuperBoost is a testament to what supreme nutrition can achieve.  So why is it so versatile? Because unlike a joint supplement or an arthritis supplement etc. that looks after just one problem, it contains nutritional powerhouse ingredients that carry out many tasks throughout the canine and human bodies and people are seeing results in their dogs within days, not weeks or months.

It is also versatile because it is suitable for ALL dogs of all ages and it has a very strong focus on prevention rather than treatment.

Like all Augustine Approved products, Augustine’s SuperBoost contains no additives, colourings, dairy, fillers, flavourings, grains, gluten, irradiation, meat or meat by-products, palm oil, preservatives, salts, sweeteners, synthetics, or GMOs, and the best part is it’s cruelty free!

What many people do not know is that unlike other supplements, Augustine’s SuperBoost was never formulated to be a stand-alone dog supplement.  The formula for Augustine’s SuperBoost was derived from what I am supremely confident is the best dog food in the world – Augustine’s SuperFood.  In simple terms, I took the formula of ten super food powders and seeds found in our fresh food recipes for Augustine’s SuperFood and packaged them under the name Augustine’s SuperBoost.

Augustine the Boxer – 3 years old. Lean SuperFood machine.

Augustine’s SuperBoost was born as a stand-alone product for two reasons:

– Firstly, we cannot reach everyone worldwide with our fresh food but we can post Augustine’s SuperBoost worldwide and people can use it to make Augustine’s SuperFood at home using our free recipes.  SuperFood Starter Kits also available – we ship worldwide.

– Secondly, if you are happy with what you are currently feeding your dog then keep it up.  I do not have to convince you to change your dog’s entire diet to see a health improvement – Augustine’s SuperBoost is a great addition to any doggy diet.

Since it’s launch on August 5th 2012, we have refrained from making any big claims as our attitude has been to under promise and over achieve.  We frequently hear about arthritis and allergy relief, a reduction in hair loss, improvements in skin and coat, enhancements in vitality, speedy recoveries from surgeries and illnesses and the list goes one.

Personally I love how quickly people see results in their dogs and I attribute that to the fact that Augustine’s SuperBoost is providing dogs with an array of nutrients they would not normally have access to.  For example, nine out of its ten wholefood ingredients are known to help manage arthritis so how can I even begin to compare it to an arthritis supplement that contains just 1-3 ingredients (most times synthetic or a single vitamin).

Wouldn't It Be Nice

We produced a bandage using just two of the ten ingredients found in Augustine’s SuperBoost mixed with virgin cold-pressed coconut oil and we are receiving written and photographic testimonials that our method is destroying diagnosed cancerous tumours, fatty cysts, warts and skin growths in a matter of days.  Here is the video that started it all…

If you would like to know more you can reach us at or dial +61402213300.

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To produce supposed “complete and balanced” dog food, companies either follow the standards set by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials), or the PFIAA (Pet Food Industry Association of Australia Inc.).

If you have ever been on the board of an association you will know that in real terms, breaking the rules will get you a slap on the wrist and at worst a cancellation of your membership.  You will also recognise that just because an association has guidelines, it does not mean that they are in the best interests of the consumer.

It is worth mentioning that the pet food industry is self-regulated and there are no legal obligations forcing companies to meet “complete and balanced” standards.  Truth be told, not only is it not compulsory to be part of a pet food association, you don’t even need a permit to make dog food.

With that said, you can imagine the local council’s reaction when I insisted that Augustine Approved be governed by human food standards…



Without further ado, here are my top five reasons why complete and balanced dog food is not complete and balanced.


1. Balance is subjective.

When was the last time you had a balanced meal?  Do you even know what a balanced meal is, and by whose standards?  Who funded the studies and standards?  When were those standards last updated?


Balance is subjective and it comes down to which bias study you would like to follow.


For example, Australia’s human nutritional standards are so out of date that we still have dairy listed as part of our mainstream food pyramid.

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2. Nutritional requirements are individual and change frequently.

It is impossible to monitor every aspect of every dog’s ever changing nutritional needs.

There is no way to accurately measure exactly how much and which nutrients the canine bodies require. Yes, science has helped us get an excellent but broad idea of the dietary needs of dogs, but any claims can only be intelligent and educated guesses at best.  Why?  Needs change daily due to age, growth, environment, parasites, exercise, rest, stress, stimulation, and so on.  We must also take into account that there are so many breeds, cross-breeds, jaw shapes and body sizes, and yet only blanket canine nutritional standards.


People like to fall back on the argument that dogs share the DNA of wolves and should be fed as such, but we are not in Kansas anymore… try feeding a miniature poodle the same way you would a wolf and see how that works out.



3. Complete and balanced food cannot be made to AAFCO standards using ONLY fresh ingredients.

I openly state that it is a physical impossibility to produce an entirely fresh food to AAFCO standards.  


Complete and balanced food can only be produced to AAFCO standards with the use of powders (synthetic or wholefood), and / or animal byproduct concentrates (meals).

Standards for complete and balanced dog food were designed by the self-regulated pet food industry, for the pet food industry and produced primarily for heavily processed canned and dry foods.

This raises a valid question; If eating a meal that is complete and balanced by pet food standards is as important as we are made to believe, then why aren’t all dogs not on commercial diets falling over from  deficiencies?  For example, raw prey model feeding in domestic environments has proven time and time again that dogs can thrive when there is ample fresh food.


4. There is much more to balance than passing a nutritional analysis.

For a food to be complete and balanced it must simply undergo nutritional analysis to prove that it contains the minimum nutrients set out by AAFCO.  Sadly for our beloved dogs, this does not mean that the ingredients and processes are of great quality, necessity and benefit.

It is vital for the long-term health of our dogs that we research each ingredient and process their food goes through.  It is astounding to discover how much information a simple Google search can divulge.



5.  Commercial foods rely on synthetic supplementation to meet AAFCO standards.

Canned and dry foods are cooked at high temperatures to make them shelf stable.  When you heat food up to kill bacteria that affects shelf life you also destroy the good stuff.  This means that irrespective of the quality of the ingredients, most of the nutrients are nuked so pet food manufacturers rely on synthetic supplementation to put the nutrients back in.  Whilst synthetics make it easier to balance out a food to adhere to AAFCO standards on paper, it certainly does not mean that the nutrients can actually be assimilated by the consumer.


The same can be said for add-ons like treats and other foods promoted for dental health.

For Fun

Pick up any commercial food (including treats and dental hygiene treats), and Google the first five ingredients listed.

*Remember, all labels show ingredients in order of most used to least.

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Enjoy 🙂

This is the first of two blog entries that will explain why “complete and balanced” food is not complete and balanced.

An important note before I pop open this can of worms:

I would like to stress that the purpose of this blog entry is not to fly the Augustine Approved flag and promote our way as the only way.  The message that I will always endeavour to push is that we should not be afraid to prepare fresh meals for our beloved dogs – fresh and varied diets reign supreme over anything that comes out of a can or a bag.

The free recipes for Augustine’s SuperFood are terrific building blocks and you can substitute, add and subtract ingredients to suit availability and budget.  Let’s begin…


Misguided advice or scare tactics?

Some of the most overused phrases in advertising are based around a single buzzword that invokes fear in the souls of dog lovers and has them rushing to retail shelves in search of processed foods.


How many times have you heard your vet advise you not to feed your dog left overs because it is not a complete and balanced meal, or that you shouldn’t prepare your dog’s food because it isn’t balanced.  You love your dog right? I mean, you wouldn’t want to go against the experts and harm your dog now would you?

Are you a responsible canine guardian?  Is your dog having a balanced diet?  Is it perfectly balanced? Does it have all the vitamins and minerals your dog needs?  If you love your dogs you need to feed them a balanced diet.

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Every week I hear conspiracy theories about how vets are in bed with big pharma and pet food companies.  It gets me thinking… does it really matter if it’s true?  Only I can give and take the power away from anyone wishing to make money off Augustine’s health.  To some people “It’s just a dog”, and to others like me their dogs are everything.

Am I implying that vets are deliberately trying to harm our dogs for the sake of kickbacks?  Not at all, but it is no secret that they are not nutritionists and should not be the be-all and end-all authority on what we should or shouldn’t feed our dogs.  Similarly, we would never ask our own doctors to write out nutritional plans for us – they would tell us to go and speak to a nutritionist (more about that in another blog entry soon).


I have learnt a lot about canine nutrition and marketing strategies over the years so every time I hear anything to do with balanced diets my reflexes kick in and I react a bit like this…

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OK so perhaps I don’t look so cute when I yawn but you get the picture.

Whilst I acknowledge that there are valid and important reasons to have nutritional standards, and I also acknowledge that there are practical applications for commercial foods in today’s way of life, it is my belief that the marketing campaigns that promote and perpetuate the balanced meal myth are negatively affecting the health of our canine friends.  Yes, there are always going to be exceptions to the rule but I don’t rely on Augustine being one of them.


It is important to adhere to some degree of nutritional standards, but these standards will always be nothing more than a guide.  There are too many variables to claim that one set of standards suits all dogs.  Standards for complete and balanced dog food were designed by the self-regulated pet food industry, for the pet food industry and designed primarily for heavily processed canned and dry foods.

From my experiences I have formed the opinion that:  The *standards laid out by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials), which were designed for processed foods, are a very good guide to supreme nutrition, but ONLY when implemented in the production of FRESH food diets, and not processed foods like they are intended for.

In the next blog entry I will go into detail as to why I have formed this viewpoint.

*When I talk about the AAFCO standards I am only referring to nutritional values, and not what AAFCO deems as safe and / or healthy ingredients for dogs… that’s a whole new story which we will never see eye to eye on.

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Thank you for reading.  If you would like to know more about our fresh food feel free to visit our website.  SuperFood starter kits also available:  Click here.
Stay tuned, coming up in Part 2… Top five reasons why complete and balanced food is not complete and balanced.

Not long ago a gentleman responded to my blog entry about the importance of vegan ingredients in canine diets.  To put it mildly he wasted no time in administering a digital beating upon me for being ignorant to the “fact” that dogs should not eat vegetables because they cause cancer.

Picture my face; there I was staring at my screen, Augustine snoring next to me and I read that vegetables cause cancer in dogs because they contain carbohydrates that feed cancer.  Needless to say I burst out laughing.  Oh the carnage Augustine Approved is causing…


Up until that point when I thought about vegetables in canine diets cancer didn’t come to mind.  I associated vegetables with:

–       Antioxidants

–       Powerful cancer fighting properties

–       Improved colon health

–       Diarrhea and constipation relief

–       Healthy weight management

–       Treatment for diabetes

–       Combating anal gland disease

A few days later lightning struck twice… and then thrice.  Within a space of weeks a number of people came out of the woodwork to inform me that what I am doing is negligent because I am “ignoring the carnivorous nature of canines and promoting diets that accelerate cancer growth”.

I was dumbfounded as to how anyone could believe such a thing.  I had to get to the bottom of this!  Could it be true?  Do vegetables really promote cancer in canines or was this just another Chinese whisper stemming from valid scientific research.

Augie Carnivore

If your mind is already made up that vegetables (or fruit for that matter) will cause or promote canine cancer due to their carbohydrate content, what you are about to read may leave you disappointed.  I hope however that it will instead give you relief and open up a world of new feeding possibilities.

Remember, every ingredient and process I promote has ONLY the benefit of dogs at heart and I would never recommend anything that I would not feed Little Miss Augustine… and by now you should know that I put her life before mine.

Please do not take what I say for gospel though.  I encourage you to question everything you are about to read, irrespective of whom the source is.  I believe in common sense and logic before science that can be altered to suit the message one is trying to deliver.  Does it not make sense to believe in what you see with your very own eyes rather than what a blogger tells you?  I encourage you to follow what ever resonates with you.


The verdict

In short… it’s a Chinese whisper – a quarter truth at best stemming from scientific research proving that a high carb diet feeds and makes cancer thrive.

Chinese Whispers

Sadly, it is common for us to read a piece of “general” scientific evidence and latch on to it as if it is truth that applies to all scenarios.  We need to look deeper for the real answers.  When you see the world in black and white, two plus two will always equal five.

One thing that I have stated since the early days of Augustine Approved is that dogs do not need grains or carbs.  This does not mean that they should not eat anything that contains carbohydrates and unless you are feeding dogs only meat it is unavoidable.  Just about every ingredient out there has some amount of carbohydrates.  There are some very bad high carb diets out there but I have never been a supporter of such things – heck I don’t even promote dry food or canned food!

Did the people that were quick to voice their opinions really understand what Augustine Approved is about?  Did they research the quality of our ingredients, how few carbs they have anyway and their incredible cancer fighting properties?  To say that because vegetables have some carbs they will cause or promote cancer is like saying that broccoli is bad for people because it is high in phosphorus.  Moderation is key in all areas of life.

What I believe the critics really mean to say is that an excess of carbohydrates in canine diets made from poor quality ingredients can promote cancer growth.  That’s a no brainer but it’s not just about carbohydrates.  The same can be said for a myriad of things – fillers, preservatives, pesticides, GMO’s, irradiation, water quality and so on.  We must always look at the whole picture and limit the amount of harmful things we expose dogs to throughout their lives.


How the Chinese whispers started…

 “Sugar feeds cancer cells and makes them grow like wildfire.  Cancer loves sugar and carbs turn into sugar in your body.  Cancer in fact uses sugar (glucose) from dietary carbohydrates to grow, but does this mean carbohydrates cause cancer? It appears more likely an excess of dietary carbohydrates supports cancer growth but may not actually cause cancer itself. The jury is still out on the latter.

A little known fact among laymen is that everybody develops cancer cells throughout our lifetime. But if you have a normal and healthy immune system these renegade cells are rounded up and destroyed. If your immune system is stressed or damaged, or if tumor suppressor genes become damaged, cancer cells have an opportunity to grow unchecked. Combining a less than healthy immune system with a high carbohydrate diet is probably a recipe for disaster as far as cancer risks.”


Here is just one of the studies that fed the fear campaign against carbohydrates…

“In a recent study conducted at the University of British Columbia in Canada, 70 percent of mice on a high-carb western-like diet developed tumors, while only 30 percent of the low-carb group grew tumors. The details of the diets: The high-carb mice consumed a diet of 55 percent carbs, 23 percent protein, and 22 percent fat; the low-carb group ate a diet of 15 percent carbs, 25 percent fat, and 60 percent protein.”

When someone then interprets the findings of research like those in the Canadian study, draws their own conclusions and then writes articles about dogs, which are then watered down some more by word of mouth, it’s no wonder people walk around thinking that vegetables are cancer promoters!  What are we really talking about here?  A “western-like diet”?  Let me guess… pasta, rice (not even brown for that matter), and any other garbage they could fit in there.  I’ll be the first to say that an excess of bad carbohydrates coming from cereal grains feeds cancer.

Yes commercial pet foods have given carbohydrates a bad wrap but that is purely because their focus is shelf life, cheapness and abundance – not the health of dogs.


So where does Augustine Approved fit into all this?

You can’t even begin to compare our powerful cancer fighting vegan ingredients to cheap cereal grains and fillers. For what it is worth perhaps I should mention the carbohydrate content in the four versions of Augustine’s SuperFood:

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To break that down; the meat reliant versions of Augustine’s SuperFood are not even worth discussing when it comes to carb negligence.  Not even 5% carbs and they pack an anti-cancer punch!

The vegan versions are still not worth discussing but I will entertain the subject so that no stone is left unturned;  20.4% & 22.2% carbs is still very low, especially when the majority of our ingredients are renowned for the cancer fighting abilities.  Now that you have read my views I will let you decide if our use of pureed 100% certified organic ingredients such as broccoli, carrots, beetroot and turmeric is promoting cancer growth.


I hope that I have shed some light on this topic and you have gotten something beneficial out of this post.

Thank you for reading.
Phivo Christodoulou & Augustine the Boxer xo

The importance of vegan ingredients in canine diets

I am a strong believer that healthy food is the greatest medicine and prevention is better than cure.

Whilst I concede that dogs were designed to eat meat and can live long, healthy lives on a raw meaty bones diet, when it comes to Augustine that doesn’t cut it for me.  My interest is supreme canine nutrition and much can be said about the power of vegan ingredients.

“People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” Pino Caruso

Every living being eats for nutrients, not for meat or vegetables.  Think of all the extra high quality nutrients found in plants that are not found in meat.  What I love about vegan nutrients is that they are not second hand.  Why eat an animal that ate plants when you can go straight to the source.

“Getting your nutrients from meat is like running your water through a sewer before you drink it.”       Colleen Riordan

Ponder this: How many diseases, illnesses or conditions do you know of that were cured or treated with meat?  When we made the Dog vs Lump video we didn’t get rid of the cyst on Mishka’s tail by wrapping a steak in a bandage.  We achieved results with vegan nutritional powerhouse ingredients -turmeric, lecithin and coconut oil.

It’s been proven time and time again that people and dogs can thrive on a vegan diet.  The testimonials our customers have submitted on our website have at times left even me intrigued.

Now am I preaching to you that all dogs should be turned entirely vegan?  No, and whilst it may have its benefits its up to you to make that decision for your companions.

This blog entry is about inspiring you to add vegan ingredients into your dog’s diet for their benefit, for the environment and for the sake of other animals.

So what’s my stance?  Should dogs be vegan or should they eat meat?  I am an animal lover but also a realist so my initial goal is to encourage you to help reduce the consumption of meat.

I have taken the time to produce four nutrient packed truly balanced recipes that you can prepare at home.   I have even taken the time to produce Augustine’s SuperBoost – a mixture of 10 certified organic wholefood powders and seeds that compliment our recipes.  Furthermore,  Augustine’s SuperBoost works out much cheaper than buying the ingredients individually, not to mention the preparation time.

Here are the four types of Augustine’s SuperFood:

Vegan Puppy (ready to eat)

Vegan Adult (ready to eat)

Puppy (vegan ingredients but requires mixing with the protein source of your choice, e.g. meat, before serving)

Adult (vegan ingredients but requires mixing with the protein source of your choice, e.g. meat, before serving)

The versions of Augustine’s SuperFood that you can mix with meat will contain just 64% meat – less than any other commercial dog food I could find, yet is supercharged with nutrition.

Here is where it gets really interesting…

Pretty cool huh?  YOU can help reduce the amount of animals that need to die for the sake of one dog. It also saves you money and it is very healthy for your best friend.

Fresh food is better than kibble or canned food… no brainer right?  But I will even be so bold as to suggest that a dog on an Augustine’s SuperFood diet will outperform a dog on a raw meaty bones diet any day.  I am so confident that I encourage you to try any of our free recipes and see for yourself the difference in your dog.  I am confident that in under five days the improvement will be noticeable.  You and your dog(s) have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Here are some of the key benefits of Augustine’s SuperFood.

Frequently Made Statements

Feeding dogs vegan meals or adding vegan ingredients to their diet is not natural.

What is natural about the food currently fed to dogs?  GMO’s, fillers, grains, flavor enhancers, and even colourings since dogs are so conscience about the colour of their food and all.

We have altered nature in so many ways that just about everything is no longer natural.  There is nothing natural about heat-treated biscuits and canned food.  There is nothing natural about adding synthetic supplements to compensate for the loss of nutrients caused by processing…  And for those that feed raw meaty bones – it is almost impossible to consistently find a variety of organic un-altered meat and bones.  It’s not just about what the meat source is – but how that animal was raised.  What did it eat?  And why do I keep getting enquiries from people with dogs that are allergic to meat protein!  YES dogs allergic to meat protein – what brought that upon I wonder.

I always think long term.  Sure a dog may look healthy today just like a smoker may look healthy, but when it comes to Augustine I take no chances.  I want to ensure that I have left minimal risk for underlying health issues to develop.

Dog’s only need meat to live long and healthy lives.

Yes but watch what happens when you add in the right vegan ingredients.  Since I do not support any sort of animal racing, theoretically speaking if I was a gambling man I would back a vegan greyhound over a meat eater any day.

It’s natural for a dog to eat meat.

I agree.  But what is natural about factory farming, growth promotants and antibiotics?  What is natural about raising livestock as cheaply as possible during their short lives?  What is natural about dogs finding food in their bowl every day rather than hunting it themselves?  What is natural about feeding dogs meat like beef that they would never hunt for themselves in the wild?

And then there will always be those that bring up the “dogs in the wild debate”.  You know… “dog’s in the wild eat meat”…  Yes and dogs in the wild also hunt their own prey and do not eat every day.  To break down bones and meat really makes the digestive system work hard and whilst dogs are designed to do this, we feed dogs more frequently and at times larger quantities than they would eat in the wild.
How many times have you seen an overweight wolf on the discovery channel?  So instead of starving your dog every second day or feeding them meat or bones everyday, feeding the right vegan meals every second or third day won’t harm them and at the very least you will see a difference in your dog’s health and overall performance.

If you would like to get the most out of your best friend then at the very least I encourage you to include vegan ingredients into their diet.

There is plenty of information and inspiration on our website and if you have any questions please drop us a line at and like always we will be happy to help.

Thank you for reading.
Phivo Christodoulou & Augustine the Boxer xo


Who wouldn’t love a boxer right?  They are known as the “clown dogs” that do not grow up until the day they die.  With their silliness comes a lot of commitment and they hate being alone, not even for a few minutes.  No matter how much research you do, nothing can prepare you for actually living with one of these slobbermunchkins.

Augustine is like a human child – she wants to be included in everything and is curious about everything, hence the nicknames “Inspector Augustine” and “CSI MyAugie”.

Here are ten short videos that highlight Augustine’s personality.

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Written by Phivo Christodoulou, the maker of Augustine’s SuperFood.

I would like to share with you some of the most important principles that I apply in pursuit of the perfect canine diet. My aim is to inspire you to produce your own dog’s meals. If you are happy with the current food you are feeding then incorporating even some of these principles will benefit your dog. Remember, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing mentality – do what you can, when you can.


1. Discard the marketing hype and take the label test

Entertaining ads have nothing to do with nutrition so read the label on your dog’s food and treats. Ingredients are always listed from the most abundant to the least within a product.

Google search each of the first five ingredients. Firstly, type in each ingredient followed by ‘bad for dogs’, and then ‘good for dogs’. The results may surprise you.

When you start to research it will soon become apparent why I am against prescription foods sold by vets – they may suit a condition but can cause so many other problems.

Discuss the ingredients with the person recommending the products. If they cannot explain what all the ingredients are and why they are good for dogs then rely on your own research.

2. Avoid feeding shelf stable foods as a staple diet

Thanks to clever marketing the average consumer overlooks the alarming reasons why Foo Foo’s food has a 12-24 month shelf life.

Society has conditioned us to believe that shelf stable foods provide everything dogs need to live long and healthy lives. The opposite is true however there will always be rare exceptions to the rule – do not count on your dog being one.

Nutritionally speaking, shelf stable products have no live enzymes due to their cooking processes – they are dead foods and that rely on synthetic supplementation to meet the supposed ‘balanced’ standards.

My gripe with these products is not their existence, but the way they are marketed – as a staple daily diet.

Biscuit and canned foods have their place – shelters, charities, long trips, or for occasions when we are pressed for time but they should not be fed as a staple diet.

3. Introduce fresh wholefoods

Fresh organic veggies used to make Augustine's SuperFood.

Fresh organic veggies used to make Augustine’s SuperFood.

Fresh wholefoods such as vegetables and fruits, are full of live enzymes and will add new dimension to your dog’s health. Wholefoods are full of fibre that aids digestion and improves stools.

Due to the cooking processes that shelf stable foods are subject to in order to gain a long shelf life, many of the nutrients are destroyed. For this reason synthetic nutrients are added back into the products.  These nutrients are synthetic imitations of those found in nature and there in lies a vast difference. Unlike most synthetic nutrients, wholefoods have the important nutritional co-factors present that assist the body to absorb and assimilate nutrients.

You are not just what you eat, but more importantly you are what you can absorb. Do your own research on safe wholefoods for dogs and also look at the preferred ingredients list on our website.  You will be amazed at which parts of the vegetables are the most nutritious. For example, broccoli stems contain more nutrients than the head.

Puree vegetables for maximum nutrient absorption or feed whole as a bone replacement for teeth and gum maintenance.

4. Feed a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich ingredients

Turmeric Powder - powerful anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric Powder – powerful anti-inflammatory.

Inflammation is a major part of disease so it is important to research every ingredient and process that makes up your dog’s diet. Inflammation is the banner under which the leading causes of premature aging fall.

As you are probably now aware, processed commercial foods are inherently inflammatory so at the very least offset their ill effects by adding anti-inflammatory wholefoods into the mix. Wholefoods high in antioxidants also help reduce inflammation in the body.

Pancreatitis and arthritis are common when processed food is fed too often.

Keep your dog young and healthy by feeding wholefoods that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

5. Do not cook meats

We are the only species on the planet that cooks our food by choice and we destroy most of the beneficial nutrients in our dog’s food through cooking. Whilst some wholefoods release more nutrients once cooked, cooking meat should be avoided when possible. Irrespective of nutritional values, here is why commercial pet foods are fundamentally flawed.

“When the muscles of mammals, fish, or birds are cooked at high temperatures carcinogenic chemicals called heterocyclic amines are created that may increase the risk of breast, colon, lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancer. Risky cooking methods don’t just include barbequing, frying, and grilling. Even just baking chicken at around 350o F for 15 minutes leads to significant production of these cancer-causing compounds.”

-Michael Greger M.D.

6. Use certified organic vegetables and fruit when possible

Many of the non-organic fruit and vegetables on the market have been genetically modified and with no labeling laws it is impossible to know which is which. Although approved for human consumption, evidence suggests that genetically modified are not safe.

“The process of genetic engineering can disrupt the functioning of the DNA in dramatic ways – it can turn genes off, permanently turn them on, change their levels of expression, and create all sorts of unpredicted allergies, toxins, carcenogens, nutrient problems etc.”

– Jeffrey Smith, Author. Seeds of Deception.

Dog’s typically have one tenth of the lifespan of humans and as such, health problems emerging in dogs that are exposed to GM foods today will be see in many years to come in people.

5th and 6th generation descendants of lab mice are affected by the genetically modified food that their ancestors ate.


7. Wash non-organic produce in apple cider vinegar

Plants produce alleochemicals to prevent anything toxic such as pesticides from penetrating their surface. You can scrub the pesticides off non-organic fruit and vegetables whilst soaking them in 1 part apple cider vinegar and four parts water for a minute. 

8. Avoid gluten


Ever wondered why dogs have smelly farts and poos? Many dry pet foods contain gluten meal. This dried residue made from corn is added to pet food to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats; essentially holding in wastes, corn gluten in even small quantities affects a dog’s liver and kidneys.

Corn is the third most common cause of food allergies in dogs.


9. Replace rice with green lentils

Dogs do not need grains at all and most are allergic to wheat. Just like rice, green lentils also require boiling so your preparation time is similar (soak first and rise before cooking and then rinse again after cooking).

Lentils are one of the most nutritionally valuable leguminous plants. They have the highest protein content. They are also rich in fibre and minerals, particularly iron and magnesium.

They are also rich in lysine, which is an essential amino acid that can help boost the immune system. It is also used for preventing and treating cold sores in humans (caused by the virus called herpes simplex labialis). Lysine aids in preventing the herpes virus from growing and is also consumed to improve athletic performance.

If for any reason you wish to continue feeding rice, use brown rice instead of white. Similarly, never use white potatoes but instead use the more nutritious sweet potatoes.


10. Make coconut oil the main source of fat

Unlike animal fats and other vegetable fats, virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is truly unique. Whilst it high in saturated fat, it is a healthy saturated fat that is predominantly made up of medium chain fatty acids that the body does not store.

Virgin cold-pressed coconut oil goes straight to the liver and gets converted into energy. The more energy your dog has, the more it exercises, the more it exercises, the leaner it stays, the leaner it stays, the less chance of obesity related diseases.

The majority of the fat content in Augustine’s SuperFood comes from coconut oil.

Coconut oil is also great for skin conditions.

Coconut oil is also great for skin conditions.

11. Do not over feed

Augustine at perfect weight.

Augustine at perfect weight.

Feed your dog according to whether they need to gain or lose weight. For example, if your dog is overweight then feed towards the earlier part of the day when they get a chance to work it off. If your dog needs to gain weight then feed more regularly and especially before bed time, not allowing the dog to burn it off.

Within reason, do not worry about your dog being too skinny. It’s ok for a dog to be very slim especially in their younger more active years. As they get older it is a lot easier for them to gain weight so do not set them up for failure by trying to make them heavier too early – it will come naturally.

Lean dogs are healthier dogs.

12. Get innovative for teeth and gum health

Some commercial treats claim to be beneficial to teeth and gum health but their unhealthy ingredients and cooking processes can cause other health problems.

If you ask any dentist what the best way to keep teeth plaque free and gums healthy they will recommend brushing. Second to that apart from salt rinses that are abrasive is to chew on wholefoods like carrots and zucchini. You see, it’s all about the rubbing action. The same logic applies for dogs however it isn’t always possible or practical to brush their teeth.

A good alternative is making fresh treats that dogs can grind on to help remove plaque.  Try cutting some holes in vegetables and cover them in virgin cold-pressed coconut oil when it is in liquid form. Put in freezer for five minutes and serve.

Coconut oil acts as a great canine toothpaste because it has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties and most dogs love the taste.

These treats can also satisfy a dog’s need to grind and they are not as harsh on teeth as bones. Be warned, there will be bits of vegetables everywhere but that’s ok – we aren’t feeding these for digestion.

On the rare occasion that a dog does not like the treats do not give up – play a game of roughing them up with the treats and throwing them to encourage a fetching game, or even play hide and seek.

13. Rethink your water

Water is the most important aspect of a healthy diet yet it is the most overlooked. There can be over 150 chemicals in tap water depending on where you live.

The best water I have come across is Saka Water and it is the only water my dogs drink. If you can find a retailer in your country then do not hesitate.

A better and very cost effective alternative to water filters is Dr Willard’s – one of the most unusual products you will ever come across. In essence it is just water, but add a few drops of it into your dog’s water bowl and special things happen… it purifies, alkalises and also aids in the assimilation of nutrients among many other things.

14. Wash bowls with white vinegar

White vinegar is a chemical free alternative to commercial cleaning products. Among many other things it can be used to wash your dishes including the dog bowls and floors. It disinfects and dries odourless.

Dogs can be sensitive to commercial cleaning products so replace as many as possible with natural alternatives.


Try white vinegar instead of a pug.

Try white vinegar instead of a pug.

15. Take charge

You know your dog better than anyone so it makes sense that you are in control of your dog’s diet.

I couldn’t even cook for myself when I started making food for Augustine but it didn’t take long to get the hang of it and now look how healthy she is!

You can use our recipes and read about our products as a starting point and develop a menu from there. Don’t be afraid to get in touch anytime with questions.

Bonus Tip: Skin Care Tip

Do not put anything on your dog’s skin that you would not eat.

SuperHeal is made from wholefoods.

SuperHeal is made from wholefoods.


On behalf of myself and the food police, thank you for reading!

Phivo Christodoulou



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The Food Police

I am looking forward to soon sharing with you my findings on the real causes of cancer and my free program to help beat it – it will answer everything that this post does not. I have no interest in making money from the misery of others so I hope you appreciate the sincerity of this post. Whilst I will be offering products soon that I believe help those with cancer, I will always make the information available so the public can make everything themselves if they wish to not purchase from us. Any monies made will go straight back into what I consider to be real research without profit in mind. If you wish to write negative comments please first read ALL of this post. So here we go…

Everyday on Facebook another cancer fundraiser pops up in my feed. When the awakened question the integrity of fundraising for cancer research they are attacked and labelled inconsiderate by those who have lost loved ones to cancer – they are attacked by the same people who are so devastated they will support just about anything that has anything to do with finding a cure. QUICK! Better shave, run, walk, ride or stand on one leg and bark for a cure!


Hype, fear and hysteria are all part of the cancer industry machine that keeps the masses giving without asking. I wonder if those same people will ever realise that we are rebelling against a system that failed their loved ones, and ours – a system that has been given every opportunity to address the real issues behind cancer. I wonder if the CEO of Nike, Mr. Phil Knight knows exactly what I am saying here, and if he doesn’t, I wonder if he would still squander 400 million dollars towards cancer research after reading this.

Phil Knight - CEO of Nike

Phil Knight – CEO of Nike

I put it to you that if you are seeking a cure for cancer itself you do not understand the problem.

And what about the ultra sensitive topic of those brave women who post naked pictures of themselves bearing scars from cancer surgeries. Did they make an incredible sacrifice to still be here for their loved ones? Yes! Should they be respected for doing what they believe is taking no chances? Yes! What I do have a problem with however is the messages that such images send out to other women who are vulnerable. I say this out of love… I remember my mother’s cries when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. I remember her having no ability to comprehend reason – they could have told her to have her arms removed and she would have listened. There are sometimes other choices and I encourage everyone to do their own homework before doing something so drastic. Don’t rush, make informed decisions with a clear mind.

Most times medicine is a synthetic concentrated copy of something found in nature and medical institutions are not interested in anything natural, unless that is they can make a synthetic version that can be patented. Time and time again those with natural cures have been shut down and their work branded as quackery.

Harry Hoxsey

This is very evident in throughout history and here is an example of how the cancer industry is not interested in helping anyone unless they can profit. Watch just 12 minutes from 45 minutes to 57 minutes – it speaks volumes about how little they care about our health.

The Science And Politics of Cancer

Please don’t be surprised, after all it is a business and we are nothing more than cash cows. If you aren’t angry that our lives hang in the hands of these people then you are not paying attention. Medical institutions have had decades to carry out research using billions of dollars a year in donations, yet are no closer today than they were 50 years ago to finding a cure.

Real cancer cures will never come in the form of pharmaceuticals – it’s not possible because cancer is not the actual problem but a result of a problem.  Western medicine focuses on the cancer because it’s really easy to market – just like a villain that we all want to put a face to so we have someone to blame – THERE IT IS! IT’S A CANCER! ATTACK!

Sadly this attitude completely overlooks why we have cancer in the first place. Imagine a world where instead of calling the cause of death cancer or diabetes and so on, we labelled it for what it is – nutrient deficiencies, stress, a poor diet etc.

It is irresponsible of us to put blind faith into an industry that disregards the importance of nutrition and a stress-free lifestyle. If we step outside the matrix and forget what we are told to believe we may start to accept that real solutions have always been in plain sight.

Wendell Berry

After all this time and billions spent (not to mention the violent mutilation of animals in testing laboratories), the best solution we are offered by mainstream medicine is to undergo a combination of cutting off our body parts and injecting cancer causing toxic chemicals to get rid of cancer. You don’t need a medical degree to know that if you cut a person’s breasts off they can’t get breast cancer anymore. That’s not science – it’s just a way of brutally bypassing the problem and we thank the medical system for it. Am I the only one who thinks that is insane!

Charlie Chaplin

Let’s talk about the word “cure” that no one outside western medicine is allowed to use or they end up in jail. No one can claim to cure anyone for it is against the law. Ironically, the same system that is supposed to protect us from frauds is the very system allowing it to happen.  The definition of the word cure by western medicine standards is simply that as long as you have a pulse 5 years to the day after you are first diagnosed you are cured. You can die riddled with cancer 5 years and one day after first diagnosis and you are still considered cured. I also cannot help mention the arguable 2% success rate of western medicine against cancer.

Man cures himself using B17 and gets jailed

Did you know that in the 50’s and 60’s the American Government accidentally injected at least 198 million Americans with sexually transmittable monkey viruses? These virus are linked to cancer…. Do the math. Everyone should watch this video at least once in their lifetime:

The exploding autoimmune epidemic – Dr. Tent

“Sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Dr. Tent

With all that said, I would be happy to put my money where my mouth is and I pose this thought to the medical industry…

I wonder what would happen if you were to take a terminally ill cancer patient that believes in your industry and would have nothing to do with anything different… I’d like you to give it your best shot – spare no expense and give them everything you have – hospital food, chemo, radiation, all your best meds… the works.

At the same time, I wonder what would happen if I was to take someone with the same condition and feed them a fresh, organic, raw, animal product-free diet which would consist (but not limited to), fresh juices, Essiac Tea, Hoxsey herbal formulas, Fucoidan, foods high in B17, turmeric and lecithin, my own herbal formulas, teas, ZeoZone and lots of sunlight. Included in this diet are things that support and boost the immune system, kill viruses, manage candida and kill parasites.

I wonder who would be alive in six months.

I wonder who would have the better immune system.

I wonder who’s body would still be riddled with candida and viruses.

Courtest of Diverse Health Services in USA.

Courtest of Diverse Health Services in USA.

I wonder which of the following two choices people would make if doctors worded things like this…

“What would you like us to do for you…”

A) Pump your body with cancerous poisons that actually activate dormant viruses that cause cancer, and also chop off body parts to prevent the spread of cancer?


B) Give your body the nutrition and support it needs to boost the immune system and rid it self of all the things causing you harm?

In closing, just how accurate is all the cancer research they have carried out anyway?
Cancer Industry Exposed As Fraud

Thank you for reading.
Phivo Christodoulou



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From my experiences, certified organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is without a shadow of a doubt the healthiest and most versatile fat on earth for people and canines.

Whilst selecting the primary fat source for Augustine’s SuperFood, something in my mind kept telling me to steer away from the excessive use of animal fats.  I can’t explain why I felt this way and I wasn’t even vegan then – it was just a gut feeling.

I scoured the supermarket shelves with a friend and stumbled across certified organic, virgin cold-pressed coconut oil.  After googling the health benefits I decided to add it to little miss Augustine’s diet.  I saw an almost immediate difference in Augustine and I was convinced that this was a step in the right direction.

Indeliberately I did something that to this day I have not seen done again… I produced a food for dogs that derives the majority of its fat content from virgin cold-pressed coconut oil.  Scouring the canine forums I read feedback that most people were feeding only 1-2 teaspoons a day (and seeing results), so this was a massive jump in use.

Then in August 2012, Today Tonight (a popular news program on Australian television), aired a story claiming that coconut oil is the most unhealthy oil out of a bunch that were trialled in the making of deep fried chips.  Why?  Because it is high in saturated fat (approx. 90%).  They received their information from the Heart Foundation and upon probing them I was informed that their official stance is that there are no such a thing as “good” saturated fats.  I can’t help but bask in the irony of their attempt to select a healthy oil to use to cook CHIPS.  I could write a whole new blog entry on what is wrong with the foundations of that report but I have a life to get to and a boxer to play with.

CLICK HERE to watch the report.

I was dumbfounded.  How could it be that my eyes had deceived me for so long?  Was the lean, muscle, Augie Machine with impressive speed, stamina and ridiculously quick recovery not really healthy?  How could it be that dogs on the Augustine’s SuperFood diet were lean, muscly balls of energy and not sluggish lumps of lard since saturated fats are so unhealthy?  Was the certified organic, virgin cold-pressed coconut oil causing health issues because of its high saturated fat content that were not yet apparent?

More importantly if people like me are right and the Heart Foundation is wrong, how could entire organisations set up to promote health overlook the claim that coconut oil fat is comprised of medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which make coconut oil a healthy saturated fat.

So… being the curious person I am I delved further.  One contact led to another and I was eventually put in touch with a gentleman called Dr. Mike Foale.  He has been involved with coconut oil since the 1950’s and has provided me with a wealth of information.

Dr. Mike Foale’s credentials:

Former Principal Research Scientist (CSIRO)
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Agriculture and Food
University of Queensland

I am pleased to present you with a broadcast from Australia’s ABC radio station in which Dr. Mike Foal states his case in the favour of coconut oil.

As far as I am concerned, case closed.

Thank you for reading!

Phivo Christodoulou


You may be interested to find out more about the benefits of coconut oil at our online store:

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Here is the transcript from the radio broadcast (same as the spoken words on the video above)…



Coconut oil has a fantastic reputation in the traditional societies which thrive on it, but it is rejected by health advisers in the West. My aim is to report that, beyond doubt, these advisers have got it wrong, and that coconut oil should be endorsed by them as a valuable food.

I grew up in the Murray Mallee, and discovered in the 1950s that a degree in Agricultural Science opened up an exciting world of job choices. So I finished up forsaking the 300 mm rainfall on dad’s sandy farm for a Unilever coconut plantation in the Solomon Islands with 3000 mm rainfall. The war had reduced local abandoned plantations to an overgrown mess, but Levers Pacific Plantations was determined to get this once lucrative enterprise back on its feet. My research mandate was to arrest falling productivity with appropriate fertilizers, replanting, weed control and hybrid testing – rewarding work – so I stayed on for nine stimulating years before undertaking local crop research with CSIRO in Queensland.

Back in the coconut world I had left behind, by the 1970s profits were collapsing. The oil-palm was much more  profitable and captured the investors, while soy had taken over coconut’s once lucrative market. Decades later it has emerged that this great tropical food and oil had been grievously maligned. It became the victim of hostile nutritional research, devised to support other food oils competing for official endorsement.

Now, our doctors offer remedies for many ills, but chronic conditions involving diet bother them. Few seem confident to advise patients on a healthy diet. Presently the “elephant“ in the super-market is expanding obesity – excuse the pun. Competitive food marketing is upsetting to the consumer, as we tend to be drawn to the latest “wonder food”, and confused by frequent media reports of new research findings. Meanwhile there are published Dietary Guidelines, but doctors, caught in the middle, have little hope of giving advice that would guarantee a healthy heart, a lean body, and general well-being. Just look at the number currently losing the over-weight battle – many being victims of junk-food formulation tactics.

Dietary fat is involved but details are almost unreadable on tiny food labels, while induced fear of fat is everywhere. There are milk and dairy products with high fat, low fat or practically no fat. There are animal fats and vegetable fats, good oils and bad oils,  butter versus margarine. It’s hard to choose confidently. I’ll be making the case for coconut oil being able to cut through as a standout performer, and in the process I hope to reduce present confusion about dietary fats.

Many advisors dismiss coconut oil in spite of its high traditional standing in the tropics. They are affected by the fierce competition for market-share between different edible fats. This competition has caused an aversion to dietary fat in general, while a significant intake of fat is essential.

Let’s see what’s behind this growing fat problem.

Two hundred years ago many folk in The West had a semi-subsistence way of life. Diets were rich in animal fat, both meat and dairy. But the industrial revolution drew millions into large cities, where candle and soap making competed for fat, so animal fats in the diet became scarce. The gap was filled with vegetable oils, from oil seeds, particularly cotton-seed, sunflower, soy, and then coconut, at a high price. In the early 20th century coconut oil, being solid and convenient to use in a cool environment, became very popular. Throughout the colonized tropics huge investments were made in coconut plantations to meet the growing demand from Europe, the Americas and Australia.

Coincidentally, the early twentieth century saw very little heart disease or obesity, while epidemics of both these conditions are serious now. It is crucial to discover why. Diets lately have evolved from high fat to low fat, and from low carb to high carb. The newish low fat and high carb diet is promoted fiercely by marketers following the simplistic notion that eating fat always makes one fat. And the emphasis on low fat particularly mentions low saturated fat. So, what exactly is the problem with saturated fat? I have explored this, as coconut oil is rich in saturated fat.

During World War 2, the supply of then very popular coconut oil was cut off. This triggered a rapid expansion of non-traditional soy oil, especially in the USA. Later the soy industry set about protecting its newly gained market-share against renewed coconut oil imports.

Dietary trials were conducted. Laboratory rats fed coconut oil, a saturated fat, became sickly, with higher total cholesterol than rats fed soy oil, an unsaturated fat. This result created alarm, as high cholesterol in humans had been linked to heart disease. The trial with coconut oil appeared to confirm a suspected link between saturated fat and rising cholesterol, so the die was cast.  Coconut oil was declared “an artery-clogging tropical oil”. More about this trial later.

The US Food and Drug Administration concluded that saturation was the danger and recommended against coconut, and for good measure, all animal fats. That position remains unchanged both there and in Australia. However, the scientific basis for the FDA position has been persistently challenged by the lipid chemist Mary Enig of the University of Maryland and in recent years by a plethora of published science. Professor Enig’s book “Know Your Fats” explains that every edible fat contains a cocktail of fatty acids, saturated and unsaturated. We need a brief look at the chemistry to help understand these differences.

A fatty acid molecule is like a chain of spherical beads. Each bead represents a carbon atom and when each has two hydrogen wings linked to it the chain is straight and called saturated. Carbon neighbours with one hydrogen missing have two vacant links that are bonded together so those carbons are double bonded. A kink forms there in the carbon chain, that is now called unsaturated. A molecule with one such kink is mono-unsaturated, while multiple kinks indicate polyunsaturated. Saturated molecules when cool, form a solid fat. The unsaturated chains on the other hand form runny oils. When such oils are hydrogenated, a process which restores the missing hydrogen, this removes the double bonds, straightening the kinks. The resulting solid fat is margarine. This false fat was invented to compete with the naturally firm saturated fats, mainly butter and coconut oil. Unfortunately hydrogenation can produce trans molecules with toxic side-effects. Happily Australian margarine is not hydrogenated.

In the food market, unsaturated fats were embraced by processors, marketers and diet advisors. The logic was to lower heart risk by reducing consumption of natural saturated fats. But among fats size really does matter!

The size varies as the number of carbon atoms in the chain ranges from four to twenty four. Most animal and oil seed fats are large, with sixteen and eighteen carbon atoms. Coconut oil has mostly shorter fatty acids, with eight ten and twelve carbon atoms.  These form natural small fats which show many very distinct favourable health effects, evidently related to  their biochemistry. For example: they alleviate type 2 diabetes in laboratory animals; they relieve  digestive system ailments; they have a potent antibiotic action against most pathogens, both internal and external; and many case histories of alleviation of dementia symptoms have been reported.

Regarding health policy, the US Food and Drug Administration  urges limiting to 30%  the dietary energy from all fats, with no more than one third to be saturated. Tragically some success with promotion of that low fat policy has not halted the obesity epidemic – quite the reverse. This counter-intuitive outcome involves the liver, which which fabricates fat for storage from surplus carbohydrate. Those gaining excess weight are over-compensating for the fat energy given up, by consuming excess carbohydrate.

As well as the over-weight epidemic, the other great public health issue of heart disease remains a major threat, again in spite of the lower intake of saturated fat. How is it that the National Heart Foundation of Australia continues to support a low fat diet with special mention against all saturated fats when heart disease abounds and obesity is rising? It must urge research into other possible causes.  How is it that the National Heart Foundation maintains its stand against the small fats of coconut oil in spite of its rising popularity among health-conscious consumers.

The Foundation evidently attaches no importance to the staple food status of coconut in healthy traditional diets. And why has it failed to notice the serious flaws in the early laboratory trials comparing coconut and soy oils. Not only was the coconut oil compared to soy oil hydrogenated, destroying the 8% fraction of unsaturated fat it actually contains, but its lack of an omega 3 component was overlooked. The rats fed coconut oil were deficient in omega 3 while the soy rats were not. What if the essentials had been added, just as they are in traditional coconut-consuming societies where fish and chicken are common fare?

Heart disease is linked to many risk factors including high cholesterol.  But cholesterol is important for its First Aid role in the circulatory system. An inflamed artery wall, due to high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, smoking, or other factors, is patched up by cholesterol. Unfortunately, a surplus of cholesterol, leads to excessive patching forming blockages.

Cholesterol is essential in the body with its concentration in the bloodstream  controlled by two entities. These counteractive lipo-proteins are LDL, protecting and sustaining the concentration of cholesterol, and HDL, mopping up excess  for elimination. A blood test shows numerical values for the cholesterol associated with each. If the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol is sufficiently high, the risk of cholesterol damage remains low.

Now, here is the really good news about coconut oil, rich in small, saturated fats.  A 2010 review of dietery fat and heart risk by Harvard scientists appeared in the prestigious journal Lipids.  It concluded that lauric acid, (incidentally dominant in coconut fat), generates significantly more HDL than LDL. It seems that HDL rules, for coconut. At last we have an indication why the traditional coconut diet in tropical countries has never been directly linked to heart disease.

Apart from producing healthy oil, the coconut crop itself provides great benefits to the environment and peoples of the coastal tropical world. It is an ideal companion crop to food gardens, and cash crops like cocoa, corn, kava and pasture. And it is resilient against cyclones and sea surge, protecting coastal land.

In concluding, I reiterate that the small fats of coconut are distinct among saturated fats and remarkably beneficial. Our diet guardians must surely reassess the evidence and acknowledge this distinction. There are two positive outcomes to expect from consuming more coconut oil. We gain a great health benefit; and many thousands of impoverished small-holder coconut producers gain a boost to their livelihood.

Written by Dr Mike Foale

Former Principal Research Scientist (CSIRO)
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Agriculture and Food
University of Queensland