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Jun 27, 2014 03:41 PM

8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food

In my quest to feed my family nutritious food free of additives, non GMOs, antibiotics, and all the other gremlins of the food world these days, I frequently read lists of foods not to eat and the shaky science behind it. Then there are the buzz words in the articles> Clean, Detox, Gluten-free, All natural, etc.

Do you think that healthy eating = healthy body? Or does it matter in the long run?

8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food

One day, your morning cup of coffee is a great idea for your health. The next, it has too many negative health risks. Even the savviest of consumers...
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  1. "Clean food" is a new one to me.

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    1. re: ennuisans

      Oh yeah, it's been out there for a while now. No one I know personally is going that route, but enough someones must be. There's even a cooking/lifestyle magazine for it: Clean Eating magazine.

      So the rest of us must be eating dirty. Yeah.

      1. re: mcsheridan

        Fox News Magazine, of all places! They don't even make fun of it.

        Lots of water, frequent small meals, no sugar. Funny, I've come across all these tips dozens of times but never under the "clean" umbrella.

        Rereading the article I see that the complaint is not about the advice but the term itself, which yeah, ok.

          1. re: DuffyH

            I'd rather be a dirty food slut than a clean eater. Fuck that shit.

      2. Great link, Gio.

        What an excellent point about "good" and "bad" foods. Anyone with a year of high school chemistry knows the the only fuel we can use is calories from food. Even so-called "empty" calories are exactly the opposite.

        1. I love saying all 8 of these things (C'mon, they want us to stop saying breakfast is the most important meal of the day?!), except clean eating, which begs the whole question of dirty eating.


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I'm all for getting rid of that piffle about breakfast. Working parents the world over rejoice!

            Clean is definitely not on my radar, never heard it. If I had, I'd think it had to do with washing veggies.

            1. re: DuffyH

              My mom is a registered dietician who works with obese children, and while she wouldn't say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - it's one of the first things that she works to get families to introduce (if they don't already). While lunch isn't necessarily more important than lunch, as I understand it - the point is that skipping meals leads to snacking and/or having larger meals later.

              The dietician quoted on that phrase did say that 'all meals are important for different reasons' - thus not saying that breakfast isn't important, but I think it's important to contextualize. The point shouldn't be made that "skipping breakfast isn't a big deal" but rather, "skipping meals isn't encouraged".

            2. "Do you think that healthy eating = healthy body? Or does it matter in the long run?"

              Yes! Of course it makes a difference, to a degree. I think it would be hard to argue that eating a diet loaded with processed, bad quality, high sugar, high fat, high cholesterol, etc. foods isn't going to impact your health negatively. I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule, but for the majority, it'll cause health problems. You see children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, who are so obese they can't tie their own shoes. They weren't born that way.

              That said, I keep hearing about friends in recent years who eat clean and/or just very healthily, exercise, don't drink or smoke, etc. and they fall ill with all sorts of things before they "should"--cancers, autoimmune diseases, etc. I will hear them say things like "Why me? I did everything right." And friends will say things like "Of all the people, I can't believe this would happen to you," implying diet has magical powers over genetics or other predispositions to poor health.

              I remember seeing a documentary years ago about this clean whole foods diet that is supposed to "cure" cancer. They had story after story of real people who'd been diagnosed with late-stage terminal cancers, and were given zero treatment options and weeks or months to live. Through eliminating all processed foods, sugars, starch, antibiotic and hormone-laden meat, and juicing multiple times per day, they recovered from their conditions miraculously. I was fascinated by this and asked my father about it (the specific diet, not diet in general). He is a physician and researcher and I was interested in his opinion.

              He shrugged his shoulders and said "Who's to say they wouldn't have gotten better without the diet? Sometimes doctors are wrong."

              Of all the people who spontaneously recover, thousands more die who follow these diets and regimented ways of eating. Some will go on eating McDs and junk food, figuring they're going to die anyway, and they'll recover miraculously as well.

              That said, I don't think eating good healthy foods (emphasis on fruits and veggies, lower in fatty/processed things) could ever be DAMAGING to one's health. There is a documentary called Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead about the benefits of juicing (particularly for obesity) and it's truly inspiring and amazing.

              As to the whole antibiotic/hormone thing with meats these days, only time will tell what effect they are truly having on our health. Personally I eat meat so rarely that when I do buy it, I spend quite a bit of $$ to get the best prime piece of clean beef I can find. I wonder sometimes about the obsessive organic non-GMO people, and if they are really better off. I try to do organic stuff if it's going to be eaten raw, and some produce simply tastes better when organic IMO. But again, my dad keeps reminding me that his mother and his mother's mother smoked 3 packs a day and drank themselves stupid nightly while pregnant, and everyone turned out just fine. Kinda makes you wonder.

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              1. re: nothingswrong

                A couple of minutes with targeted Googling indicates "clean eating" has been a marketing concept in Cali since at least 1991.

                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  Yes, it's not a foreign idea here at all. I'm surprised people here have never heard of it. Here in L.A., people have been talking about clean eating for at least the last decade (that I can recall).

                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                    Yeah, never heard of it, not even living in the early adopter Gold Coast area, where all manner of food fetishes come to be born.

                2. Quite ironic that right below that list is a list of "foods to start your metabolism", which is likely just as much bullshit as the many misguided ideas tackled in the linked list.

                  Ah, 'journalism'.

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                  1. re: linguafood

                    No one even pretends HuffPo is journalism. Do they?


                      1. re: DuffyH

                        I'm going to pretend you didn't say that.


                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I often find myself wasting more internet time by hunting down HuffPo's source(s).

                        1. re: Kris in Beijing

                          Everyone is different yet, we are biologically mostly the same. Poisons are just that and they will have an effect --- eventually. Causation is difficult to prove, especially in complex beings such as people. If our diet consisted only of one thing and it was poisoned, it would be easy to determine causation.

                          Our diets are so varied that we have to rely on correlation. there are some compelling correlations. Glyphosate ingestion is one such correlation. See the Serelini study for example.

                          I'm not willing to be a guinea pig. Eating organic, not eating processed foods and sugar has improved my health. That's a fact. Clean eating? Can't definitively prove that but as soon as i find myself in a situation where "clean" food is unavailable, I get sick. But then, what do I know.