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You wouldn't think of ruining your car by running it on fuel that isn't suitable. However, many people seem to feel that it is acceptable to give themselves the wrong type of fuel and wonder why they dont seem to feel as well or energised as they should! Nutrition and dietetic advice aims to fit into the bigger, holistic picture of how we look after our bodies, and is intended to guide you back to the best fuel for the type of model you possess! The fuel I am talking about is your overall diet. It is wrong to think of individual foods as 'good', or 'bad'. There are too many negative messages about food and diet, and this is unhelpful. The advice about diet is also consistent if you listen to the right people, and properly trained professionals, like myself, don't keep changing their mind or jumping on some fashionable bandwaggon.
Don't forget it takes a whole body of robust trials to establish new evidence about diet, not the odd bit of research which you might read about in a popular newspaper, magazineor quoted by some celeb!.
There is room for all sorts of food in your diet, and the wider your dietary repertoire the more likely you are to be eating a diet which provides you with all the nutrients your body needs. Food is after all meant to be an enjoyable experience, and it is OK to have chocolate, cream or even a burger and fries now and then. What is important is that your overall diet is good, so that if you do like the odd cake or biscuit, you are not eating them to excess and are also having lots of nutrient dense foods.
Taken from BDA’s Diabetes in Obesity Management UK publication (2010): The Dietetic Weight Management Intervention for Adults in the One to One Setting: Is it Time for a Radical Rethink?
TRUTH BE TOLD
How to tell what to believe and what not believe as health recommendations in the news/press
Recommendations you probably can believe
Recommendations that may be questionable
Those which require a bit of effort on your part
Those that fall within the realms of reality and sensibility
Those that seem too good to be true (like magic!)and beyond the realm of reality
Those made by pooling together all the reputable studies on the subject
The number of people in the study was more than a handful and sufficient in number to be able to carry out proper statistical analysis
Those based on research that have been ‘placebo-controlled’ i.e. an effect is claimed over and above the placebo effect
Those that are backed by reputable scientific organisations
Those which back up recognised healthy eating guidelines, e.g. from government or official public health bodies.
Those that come from recognised health professionals such as dietitians or registered nutritionists
Those that encourage you to eat a wide range of normal sounding food.
Those that encourage the eating a wide range of foods and do not restrict certain food groups
Those based on independent, unbiased scientific research
Those based on peer reviewed studies (i.e. those which have had the approval of renowned experts in the field)
Those based on human studies, not just animal ones (known as ‘in-vivo’)
Those based on the gold standard of research: Randomised Controlled Trials (also known as RCTs)
Those which are based on studies of what happens to a group of people; these are fine as a research starting point but need to be more vigorously followed up.
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