Book Review: Jump On The Bant Wagon

Nick Charlie Key

Human & Rousseau

Review: Brian Joss

If you’re into Banting then you may well want to try one of these 90 recipes compiled by Nick Charles Key who went on the much acclaimed, or reviled diet, depending on which side of the fence you are. The old diet was revived by Professor Tim Noakes, who even now is on trial for tweeting to a new mother who asked for his advice about banting for her toddler.  The prof is being targeted by some nutritionists and dieticians, whom I suspect have their own agenda.

But back to the Bant Wagon: Key says by following the diet he shed 22 kilograms, when, after he was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, he decided to jump on the bant (ing) wagon. Key, a blogger, says since losing the weight, he feels healthier and fitter. So he decided to share his 90 recipes with the world. Jumping on the ban(t)wagon so to speak.

The recipes are quick and easy, especially for those on a tight budget. Following a Banting diet scrupulously could lighten your wallet a bit. Basically it is LCHF, a low carb high fat regimen. The recipes are low in carbohydrates, gluten-free, with sugar alternatives, xylitol or stevia. Key writes that the basics of Banting are simple: cut out the carbs and replace them with good fats, avocado, butter, and the ubiquitous coconut oil, which research has shown doesn’t have much nutritional value. But the important thing, Key says, is to find out what works for you.

Some of the more unusual dishes include a Baked Avocado Egg Cup,  an Omelette In A Ziploc Bag and a Warm Winter Porridge. The book’s categories are Breakfast; Starters; Light Meals; Mains; Sides and Baking and Desserts. Dishes that may tempt your palate are Low Carb Onion Rings with Sour Cream and Basil Dip; that good old standby: the BLT with a twist, the twist is the addition of chicken. There are fish recipes, one for pork pies and one for Herby Lamb Ribs. If you have a sweet tooth then LCHF Carrot Cake may just appeal to you. Try the Sugar-Free Nutty Brownies or Coconut Flour Pancakes.  You can enjoy a malva pudding, fudge and even a chocolate mousse.

Although Key says the recipes are for those on a tight budget some of the ingredients lean towards the more expensive side. But if you buy a bag of coconut floor or a packet of pecan nuts, you don’t have to use it all at once. If you’re considering becoming a Banter then Jump On The Bant Wagon is a good place to start. Even if you’re not a Banter then this book might just send you on a new culinary journey of healthy eating. Forget what the Banting critics say. As far as I know, nobody has become ill from following a Banting diet.

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