5 Health Trends This Naturopath Hopes To See The End Of11th March 2015
Just like fashion, food and diet trends come and go with the seasons. Some are extreme, some are outdated and some are just completely mis-directed. Here are five health trends we should all hope to see the end of sooner rather than later.
1. The end of the Food Pyramid
In last week’s blog I shared my thoughts on Finding Nutritional Advice You Can Really Trust. The food pyramid, introduced by the US Department of Agriculture in 1992, advocated 6-11 servings of rice, bread, pasta and cereal as the main staple for our diet. What it didn’t consider was the source and processing or preparation of food which affects the health of food: plants and animals, environment and ultimately earth, which in turn creates food rich in nutrients or empty calorie foods. And it affects what is on offer… an abundance of food full of industrialized ingredients such as sugar, wheat, and corn or what we have evolved to eat. Real food doesn’t come out of a box! Eat fresh and whole, healthy plants such as organic and clean fruit and vegetables, cold pressed oils and well prepared nuts and seeds and healthy animals including fish and seafood.
2. The end of the Nutritional Panel
Introduced over 20 years ago, the panel is displayed on food packets to provide information on how much energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates and sodium is in that food. Instead of reading nutritional labels, start looking at the ingredients of foods. Food is only as good as the source and processing or preparation of ingredients. A simple exercise I recommend to my clients is a pantry and fridge – food audit. Look out for additives. They appear as numbers or long complicated words. These include emulsifiers, preservatives, colours and flavours. Also look out for processed foods such as vegetable oils, refined salt, yeast, milk solids, soy and sugar.
3. The glorification of Kale