NSThe Foundation for Public Health in English-Speaking Countries 70 years ago issued a number of diet rules, the common denominator of which was that for thousands of years groups of natural ingredients have been eaten around the world – meat, dairy, eggs, etc. – and certain components of these foods, in particular Saturated fats are dangerous to human health.
The consequences of these diet laws are all around us: 60% of Britons are now overweight or obese, and the country’s metabolic health has never been worse.
Government-led mistrust in the health of whole foods in their natural forms has encouraged us to buy foods that have been physically and chemically modified, such as salt-free cheese and skimmed milk, that are supposed to make them healthier for us.
No wonder over 50% of the food we eat in the UK is now highly processed.
The dangerous implications of this relatively recent shift from time-honored eating habits come as no surprise to those of us who have never swallowed government advice about “healthy eating” in the first place, largely on evolutionary grounds.
Is mother nature psychopathic? Why are foods designed to shorten the lifespan of the human race?
And time is justified. This bankrupt post-war nutritional paradigm is being pushed back six times, over and over again, by recent, high-quality research evidence that validates traditional ingredients and eating habits.
Eating cheese … Dairy fats can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
NHS Eat well InstructsFondly known to her critics for Evidence of Poor Eating, she still tells us to choose low-fat products, such as 1% fat milk, low-fat cheese, or low-fat yogurt. This is based on a post-war belief that has not been sufficiently proven that saturated fats are bad for your heart.
How embarrassing, then, for government nutrition educators, that a major study of 4,150 Swedes, followed up over 16 years, reported last week that a diet high in dairy fat may reduce, but not increase, the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This Swedish study mirrors the results of a 2018 meta-analysis of 29 previous studies, which also found that dairy consumption protects against heart disease and stroke.
A body of research also indicates that consuming dairy fats protects against type 2 diabetes.
five a day
A slogan was invented to transform more fruits and veggies, but not a slogan to live your life with
This catchy slogan, now a central item of government eating advice, came from a 1991 meeting of California fruit and vegetable companies.
Five slogans a day now appear on many ultra-processed foods, from baked beans to ready meals, lending them a questionable health aura.
But other than being a marketing tool, any justification for this slogan is weak.
A large 2010 study of 500,000 people in 23 European sites for eight years could not establish a clear association for this recommendation, let alone causation.
While fruits and vegetables bring valuable micronutrients to the table, they generally compare poorly in nutrient density with foods such as dairy, meat, fish, and eggs.
Very few people in the UK achieve the five-a-day goal, and those who do generally achieve it by eating more fruits than vegetables.
Fruit contains a lot of sugar. A small banana contains the equivalent of 5.7 teaspoons of sugar, while an egg contains none.
Did the five a day mantra convince us to eat more healthy greens? Two of the trendiest vegetables right now are sweet potatoes and squash, both of which contain sugar like sweet fruit.
Perhaps we should face the possibility that the Five-a-Day Doctrine has actually made us eat more sugar.
Don’t cut out the salt completely – a moderate amount is better for you
We are told to reduce our salt (sodium) intake, even to the point of not salting the water to boil the pasta.
However, recently published research concludes that extremely low levels of the currently recommended sodium intake are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, while moderate amounts are ideal for most people.
Researchers say that most countries in the world, with the exception of China and a few other countries, already have average sodium intakes within the lower risk range. “There is little evidence that lowering sodium [below this average level] It will reduce cardiovascular events or death.”
Ditch the processed products like sausage, but steak won’t kill you
Although meat has been a major component of ancestral diets for millions of years, some nutrition authorities, often with close links to animal rights activists or other forms of ideological vegetarianism, promote the view that it is an unhealthy food.
The health case against meat is based on cherry-picked evidence from low-quality, unreliable observational studies that fail to distinguish between meat in its unprocessed form and multi-ingredient, chemically modified, over-processed meat products, such as hot dogs. .
Correlation does not imply causation. There are confounding factors. Someone who eats chunks of bacon daily may also eat a lot of sugar, consume a lot of bread loaded with additives, be under stress, or smoke — the list goes on.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s 2015 claim that red meat “may be carcinogenic” has not been substantiated.
In fact, a subsequent risk assessment concluded that this was not the case.
Epidemiological data have not been able to establish a consistent causal relationship between red meat intake and disease.
Science contradicts official advice to base your diet on carbohydrates
“Bring your meals on starchy foods that contain carbohydrates” — another set of government advice on “healthy eating” that contradicts established science and is long overdue for a rethink.
In February, the Pure Study was published, which followed 148,858 participants in 21 countries over nine years. It concluded: “High intake of refined grains was associated with an increased risk of death and major cardiovascular disease.”
The researchers found that those who consumed the highest category of refined grains (at least 350 grams per day) had a 27% higher risk of death and a 33% higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those whose consumption was in the lowest category. .
It concluded that “globally, a reduction in consumption of refined grains should be considered”. However, our government stubbornly recommends the opposite.
Years of conflicting advice has been unfair to eggs – eat what you want
Remember when public health advice was to eat no more than two eggs per week? This pearl of wisdom was based on the misconception that foods containing cholesterol are harmful to health.
When it became clear that cholesterol intake had no effect on the cholesterol profile, the government’s advice was recently changed. Now he tells us: “There is no recommended limit to the number of eggs people should eat.” Unfortunately, decades of public health misinformation are difficult to change from top to bottom.
Many people are still not sure whether eggs are healthy or not, despite the fact that eggs are among the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat.