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  1. #1 The 3 common dieting mistakes 
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    In the standard diet there tends to be a variaty of mistakes we often make. This springs from a simple lack of understanding of what is in our foods and their nutritional-value. For instance it's now almost impossible to get each of the essential nutrients that your body needs from even a well-balanced diet, without taking supplements.

    Why's this?

    Obviously the central issue revolves around food processing. The processing of food is intended to make a food look better along with, lengthening life and improving taste. This however has a sizeable effect on the nutrients in the food.

    Even with our fresh produce there is an issue. Poor soil nutrient quality and also long storage times each have an effect on the nutrients in the fruit and vegetables we eat.

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    I watched the video.

    Sadly, it is clearly produced by food faddists who do not use good science. While the bulk of what they say is sound, there are a number of recommendations there which are based on silly dogma, rather than good science.

    Some examples are :

    Recommendation to limit fruit in the diet because it contains sugar. In fact, eating a wide range of fresh fruit (along with fresh vegetables) every day is one of the keys to good health. There is little or no science to show that limiting fruit does any good, and a lot of data to show it is harmful.

    Recommendation to add palm and coconut oil to the diet. These fats are fully saturated, and are every bit as harmful as animal fats, such as found in butter. Better advice is to limit saturated fats from all sources.

    Suggestion that it is important to limit high fibre carbohydrates other than found in vegetables and legumes. Wrong! Such things as brown rice and wholemeal bread are in fact excellent foods, and can make up a large part of the whole diet, to the advantage of your health.

    Recommendation to avoid dairy products. What should have been said was to limit high fat dairy products. Low fat milk, for example, is an excellent food, especially to increase calcium intake. Recent research showed that people who drink a lot of milk actually live longer, on average, than those who avoid it.

    The narrator also brought out that old fallacy about artificial hormones and antibiotics in meat. In fact, these are metabolised by the animal they are fed to, and little or no excess is found in the meat we actually eat. There is no good scientific data to suggest that these hormones and antibiotics in meat cause those who eat meat any harm at all. Meat in excess is not good, but as part of a balanced diet carries advantage. Humans did not evolve as herbivores.

    In fact, the narrator recommends plant proteins over animal. Not good! Not only are animal proteins a better source of all essential amino acids, but they are also a better source than plant material of iron, vitamin B12, and zinc. Better advice is to eat animal proteins, and plant proteins both, but balance the types and amounts.

    I would much rather have seen the video recommend a more balanced diet. That is, to restrict but not prohibit the less desirable foods, and recommend a variety.

    To finish off, I have to spike Mike's statement that it is almost impossible to get a good balanced diet without supplements. Not true. It is very easy, in fact. Not by following the tarnished advice in the video, but by being sensible. Variety is the key.


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