There is a link to the actual article at the bottom of the post, and my comments are in red.
MILLIONS of Britons are putting themselves at risk of heart disease and cancer with obsessive diets.
Doctors warned last night that continued calorie counting was a health time-bomb. Click the link to see my previous posts on the dangers of low calorie.
Cutting out nutrient-rich foods in a misguided attempt to lose weight could have “alarming” long-term consequences.
And with an estimated 12million Britons currently on diets it could prove devastating for the nation’s health, placing massive burdens on the NHS. It has long been known that an unhealthy diet can lead to a host of deadly conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
But a low-fat diet that lacks vital vitamins and minerals can also lead to long-term problems. A report found that many Britons have a dangerous attitude to food, being concerned mainly with cutting their intake of fat and calories rather than thinking about what they need to eat to stay healthy.
We must not forget who it was that originally told us to avoid fat and cut down on our calorie intake.
Experts are now calling on people to “re-learn” what good nutrition tastes like in a bid to stave off health problems for future generations.
These so called experts are basically asking us to forget what they originally taught us.
Dietician Dr Frankie Phillips, said: “It would seem that despite all the recent education campaigns on healthy eating, the reality is our daily diets are still out of balance nutritionally at times, resulting in deficiencies in certain areas for some people.
“Whether this is because we are obsessed with counting calories, are struggling to afford to eat healthily or lack the time to think about what we are eating, if we continue in this way, it will seriously impact on our health both in the short term and in the future.”
Yes we are a nation obsessed with diets that are out of balance, this is solely because the information used to educate these dietitians such as the food pyramid, low fat, 2000-2500 calories and the glycemic index were severely flawed. They taught us to try diets that avoid common sense, and when they failed (which they did), they looked on baffled, whilst people tried more extreme versions in a desperate attempt to be healthy and loose weight.
The Seven Seas Nutrition Aware report – developed by nutrition experts and the Future Foundation think-tank – reveals that the modern obsession with dieting and weight loss is taking priority over healthy eating.
More than a fifth of us claim to have started a diet at least once a month in the past year.
Some 23 per cent admit they buy their evening meal based on its low calorie count alone, irrelevant of whether it is nutritionally balanced.
For years these people have been taught that low calories is all that matters, is it any wonder that people are confused?
At the other extreme, those who binge on sweets and junk food are also a cause for concern. The survey of 2,000 people found that nearly two-thirds eat sweets and chocolates once a week, with a third admitting they have them at least three or four times a week.
More than half admit they regularly buy foods they know are not good for them, with 38 per cent lured by price offers.Its a fact that when your semi starving through low calorie, low fats foods your body will crave sugar in an attempt to survive. The more you cut back on essential energy (remember most people recommend that you eat less than you need), the more your body will signal that you need to eat.
Dr Phillips, who contributed to the report, said: “While appropriate calorie and fat consumption is important, too much focus on this could be detrimental to adequate vitamin and mineral intake, which could lead to health issues in the future.”
The recommended daily calorie count is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men. Yet again ludicrous recommendations, check out my previous post on calories.
Young people are most at risk of poor nutrition, sparking fears for their long-term health. Only a quarter of 16-24 year olds eat fruit or vegetables daily, compared with nearly three-quarters of over-65s.
Nutritionist Emma Derbyshire, of Manchester Metropolitan University who also contributed to the report, said: “It would seem that we are still struggling to grasp the concept of ‘good nutrition’ and the reason why we eat food in the first place. Though it is important to acknowledge calorie intake it must not come at the expense of eating a balanced and varied diet, low in saturated fat but also rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
“Often processed, low-calorie food can contain high levels of sugar and additives and so may not be as healthy as people think.”Its good that they seem to be changing their opinions but is it any wonder that as a nation we struggle to adapt to the ever changing message that they put out.Keep it simple, eat what your designed to eat.
Source: Daily Express