I see people every day who are fed up and confused about what they should and shouldn’t be eating because healthy eating is really complicated. Well, no it isn’t…the main problem is the media with all these mixed messages about what is good and bad for you. The issue is that the media want to sell a story and headlines such as ‘If you exercise moderately and eat more fruit and vegetables then you will be generally healthier but genetics may get your anyway’ just doesn’t sell.
Often journalists will interview people who they know will give them the right answer. For instance I was recently phoned by a TV show for an interview around a new supposed superfood and of course said ‘well firstly there is not such thing as a super food’ -> gun and foot come to mind. Whereas if you get someone who is a nutritional therapist called Dr X and she’s talking to you about how coconut oil will cure everything in your life you are going to listen.
But, don’t some of these stories have science behind them??? Yes they do and again the media take the parts of the science and put it together to make a nice little story. They forget to tell you that there were only 5 people in the study and actually there are already 10 other studies with 100’s of people something different. They often forget to tell you that the study used rats (our bodies are nothing like rats). Or there latest weight loss study is only 3 months —> how the hell can you tell if something works if you look at it for just 3 months?
So, if you hear something in the news and it is very different to what you have heard before (even if there is someone really hot selling it), be a little more suspicious. If you are still not sure then check out this website below;
This site is run by the NHS and basically looks at all the latest health stories to see what they actually mean for you and if you should change anything.
If you would like any further information on the latest nutrition fads or are media looking for reliable source of information please contact Kirsten Crothers (Dietitian).
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