Bloody Yo-Yoing Dietary Headlines.
Meat is terrible and will destroy the planet! Meat is good and will save the world. Oh, f*** off!
We’re constantly bombarded with dietary headlines from tabloids to Titans like the Telegraph and the New York Times. I for one am sick of it. I’m a registered nutritionist; who prides himself on researching and trying to remain objective, but I am done reading these types of newspaper articles.
This latest one, featured in the article ‘Is red meat back on the menu’, almost supports my narrative. The study is of a very high standard using a cutting edge technique. Unlike those we see scatter-gunned all over the front pages and the internet based on observational data. This new study shows the evidence against red meat is poor, based around studies that don’t show causation; which is true.
Our dietary guidelines have been shaped by these weak studies since good old Ancel Keys cherry-picked his way to fame and fortune about 40 years ago and started us down a cul-de-sac of nutrition science that we’re still struggling to back out from.
“In my humble opinion nutrient deficiencies are being overlooked every second of every day and are playing a large part in the explosion of chronic disease.”
So that you know, I believe that red meat is our most appropriate human food. One of the only foods still eaten today was the catalyst to our divergence from apes about 7 million years ago. Many of our fruits and vegetables are modern, created by selective breeding -don’t confuse this with genetic modification, the former happens on a farm, the latter in a lab.
Meat is nourishing and full of the very nutrients that we’re becoming more deficient in across the developed world. Nutrient deficiencies are being overlooked every second of every day and play a large part in the explosion of chronic disease. Blaming modern medical conditions on ancient foods is redundant and singularly unhelpful.
Calories muddy the water
My advice to clients is to stop reading newspaper articles—or just the headlines—about diet. They add further confusion to an already corrupt subject, twisted to the point where there’s no consensus on any part of it, save this; stop eating junk food.
However, even that message is muddied because of the calories in, calories out theory (CICO). Junk food manufacturers love CICO because it’s your responsibility and therefore your fault.
They can hide behind this weak thesis and point their chubby finger squarely at you when you become fat and sick after eating their addictive crap. We told you to eat less and move more, and you can’t even do that, it’s your fault! Once you pop, you just can’t stop, and they damn well know it.
“Blaming modern diseases on ancient foods is redundant and singularly unhelpful.”
I agree we all must take responsibility for our own health but the garbled message we see day in day out in the press deliberately confuses things and plays into this belief that it’s OK to eat junk foods because you just have to add calories up.
CICO dislodged from its pedestal the obtaining of nutrients from our foods. This shift has been a disaster but is beyond the scope of this article. Junk foods have taken over!
My basic classification for junk is low in nutrients, high in refined grains, high in sugar, blended with vegetable oils, synthetic flavours etc. They have usurped main meals. This should never have happened.
Have junk foods taken over your main meals?
For many people, breakfast is pure junk (highly processed cereal, a tonne of sugar & skimmed milk).
Lunch is 9/10 junk -a meal deal sandwich, chocolate bar, can of coke, a bag of crisps all balanced with an apple that was picked a year ago and sprayed with wax.
Supper is something quick and easy because you’re knackered and just don’t have the time! Hey, let’s binge watch some shit on Netflix!
No one’s reading.
The thing is people no longer read beneath the sensationalist bold print. The headlines, which often don’t even match the contents within, are absorbed subconsciously.
Meat is bad, and meat gives you cancer, there’s loads of evidence! Meat is bad, and meat gives you cancer, there’s loads of evidence! Look into my eyes.
Just so we’re clear, no it’s not, no it doesn’t, no there isn’t.
You’re being brainwashed.
Newspaper articles are clickbait. They’re sent around on social media and not even read.
Don’t take dietary advice from the newspapers.
They don’t care if the science is weak; if they show causation or not, they just want your click.
If you want my advice, it’s this:
- Stop eating junk foods (as described earlier)
- Eat real foods (that have been grown or born)
- Make some time for preparing meals, you know, like your Granny used to.
Hopefully, you read more than just the title.