About Hartmut Günther

B.Sc. Hons Biochemistry, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Graduate Diploma with distinction Nutrition Medicine, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Growing Beans Vertically as Legumes Part 2 – interspersed with wisdom from soil scientists and farmers

Here are some more chronological pictures (up to Jan 23 2017) of beans climbing to 4 metres and still wanting to go higher if they had something to cling to. Interspersed between these pictures are extraordinary quotes from soil scientists and eco-agricultural, biological and nature attuned farmers. This knowledge goes back to the early part of [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Featured Posts, Growing Food|2 Comments

Eating plant based foods for 24hr gives this man happy gut bugs and multifarious and bountiful nutrients

This is an example of a diet analysis that comes from allowing the person to recall what they ate in the last 24 hours. This man submitted his eating regime and included actual gram amounts of all foods eaten (they were individually weighed). Foods are mostly organic plant based with only a little biodynamic yoghurt and [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: 24hr Food Recall|0 Comments

Food Synergy founder, Hartmut Günther, launches personalised research service called F.O.M.

During the 1960's, between the ages of 6 to 14 years of age, my parents kindly lavished science instrumentation upon me at the slightest whiff of a birthday or other celebration. Chemistry set, electronic kit, telescope, microscope, large glossy heavy books and the licence to explore, experiment and have fun. They must have seen something in [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Categories: Featured Posts, Research|0 Comments

24hr-food-recall analysis with extra zinc found in drinking water – 75yr man

This is a Diet Analysis of the 75-year young man based on his recalling food and drink consumed over the past 24 hours. There is quite a bit of variation in the diet over the day. Most essential nutrients are well represented when looking at their %'s of the Recommended Daily or Dietary Intakes (RDI). Folate, [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Categories: 24hr Food Recall|0 Comments

About Us

We analyse meals, recipes, and your diet. We reveal holes in nutrient intake using these analyses and point to ways to improve. Optimal nutrition is vital for effective detoxification. We connect nutrients and food in visually innovative ways that help optimise understanding, knowledge and long term health.

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: About Food Synergy|0 Comments

The Food Synergy Energy Calculator

This is a simple yet quite meticulous human daily energy expenditure calculator. Can also be used to measure your BMI and Resting Metabolic Rate or Daily Energy Requirements based on your physical activity. It uses academically recognised MET values (Metabolically Equivalent to Task) to grade different levels of physical activity. Designed by Food Synergy founder Hartmut [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Energy|0 Comments

Nutrient mineral content of white flour versus whole grain and seed pancakes

The following is great information for mothers with young children. In the previous post entitled "Nutrient dense gluten-free crepes", we looked at the mineral content of a very tasty nutrient packed crepe. The analysis was done for a adult women. After trialing these super pancakes on 3 young children and having a great response, I wanted [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Analyses, Recipe Analysis|2 Comments

Nutrient dense gluten free crêpes

Very shortly Food Synergy will be offering a comprehensive recipe analysis service. And, with great excitement, we will also provide a full 24-hour or 3-day diet analysis. This has been in the pipeline for several years. State of the art visualisation tools will bring your eating regime into view and most importantly highlight any blindspots that [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Recipe Analysis|0 Comments

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), Body Mass Index (BMI) and Total Daily Energy Use

A few years ago I developed a little javascript Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and BMI calculator with the help of a great Indian programmer and using data kindly supplied by the Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management, University of Kansas Medical Center. It is a fun and easy [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Energy|0 Comments

Nutrients important in sugar metabolism, insulin resistance and diabetes

Optimal Nutrition helps prevent Insulin Resistance (IR) and Diabetes When speaking about health and nutrition, we often find it hard to believe that a serious disease like diabetes can be positively influenced by our inner nutrient balance. Key Nutrients Nutrients are now known to play key roles in the prevention, and the minimisation of symptoms and [...]

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Featured Posts, Health|0 Comments

Why we need energy

If you burned sugar or glucose outside of your body in the presence of oxygen, carbon dioxide, water and heat would be produced. That heat is the energy released. When you eat, say a potato, the carbohydrate is digested into glucose, the glucose then absorbed into the blood, carried to cells and also "burned" in the [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Energy, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Daily energy requirements

Energy is expressed in Kilocalories (Kcal) or Kilojoules (kj). The amount of energy you need per day depends on your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) PLUS the amount of energy you use during physical activity and is often called your Total Daily Energy Expenditure or Requirement (TDEE). The RDI's for energy shown here are population-based average estimates [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Energy|0 Comments

What are Calories Part 2

Contrary to what people think, nature has intended us to move and as a result, eat GENEROUSLY. This is so that our bodies can be flooded with essential nutrients. Problems arise when we eat copious foods devoid of nutrients.

By | July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Energy|0 Comments

Your own Resting Metabolic Rate revealed using our simple calculator (RMR) Part 2

This is part 2 of Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), Body Mass Index (BMI) and Total Daily Energy Use Even sitting uses energy Your Resting Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy you consume just quietly sitting still. It is calculated here using a formula developed by Mifflin and uses your weight, height, age and gender. Results [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Energy|0 Comments

What are Calories Part 1

What are “Calories” Calories like kilojoules are “units” expressing the energy stored in food. To avoid potential confusion when reading food labels and embarking on exercise campaigns, it is important to understand what these units mean and how they inter-relate. The word energy comes from the ancient Greek work “energeia”, meaning activity or operation. We need [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|Categories: Energy|0 Comments

Diabetes: Nutrition or Medication

The degree to which Drugs prevent Type 2 diabetes is mediocre in comparison to the effectiveness of diet and life interventions. Diabetes is often thought of as a sugar and insulin disorder with serious side effects if ignored or left untreated. Rarely do we consider that diabetes, like other modern chronic conditions, can be an outcome [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|Categories: Health|0 Comments

Niacin (Vitamin B3) – NAD tells us why we need it

This is a simple but accurate infographic of "why we need Niacin". See more about Niacin on our sister site - Toxno How much Niacin do I need Vegan Food Sources of Niacin Animal Food Sources of Niacin Most people now know that antioxidants are important. The human body has evolved ways to recycle crucial antioxidants [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Nutrients|Comments Off on Niacin (Vitamin B3) – NAD tells us why we need it

Persimmons deliver abundantly on Copper, Fibre, B6 and Manganese

Persimmons are becoming popular in Australia. Recently tried some from a grower down in Coffs Harbour, NSW and they were a delightful surprise, especially when fully ripe. Astringent versus non-astringent One can grow an old-fashioned astringent variety or one of the newer non-astringent types. According to Maggie Beer from the 2010 Gardening Australia Magazine, "Astringent persimmons [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: Food|0 Comments

Cheese, bones and milk

Digestible bones (tinned Sardines and Salmon) are a great source of calcium. Soaking dried corn kernels in lime water makes them absorb calcium. This is sheer nature magic and wisdom combined. In Mexico, corn tortilla is the most widely consumed staple food. The corn dough used for tortilla preparation is traditionally prepared by boiling corn in [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Food|0 Comments

The highs and lows of Iron – Haemochromatosis

Iron is very damaging at high levels, and the presence of iron overload disorders like hemochromatosis or hepatitis C need to be ruled out before embarking on increasing your iron intake. Iron from animal sources is usually better absorbed while concurrent ingestion of Vitamin C dramatically improves iron absorption. Like calcium, iron insufficiency can remain undetected [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Health|0 Comments

Enough calcium to support our mortal frame – RDIs

In conditions of growth or when calcium is low in the diet, a Vitamin D based calcium transport system is activated in the body that in effect increases calcium uptake. This mechanism however can decline with age and menopause in women. Sodium and caffeine can also increase calcium loss while excessive zinc or magnesium (supplements) along [...]

By | May 10th, 2016|Categories: Nutrients|0 Comments

Getting iron by eating like a lion

Offal was eaten much more in the past and particularly in Europe. The organs of an animal are very rich in nutrients. Because iron is stored in the liver, liverwurst is a very rich source. Only 30gr of dark chocolate give you nearly 1/5 of your iron needs. Cool. Animal Based Food Sources of iron [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: Nutrients|0 Comments

Getting Calcium without dairy

Important considerations About 99% of calcium in the body is stored in bones and teeth and amounts to approximately 1200 grams. Modern culture dictates that we need dairy foods to fulfil most of our calcium needs. However a careful study of the whole food profiles that follow, along with calcium absorption and retention mechanisms, will reveal that [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: Nutrients|0 Comments