A lot of the advice about salads, dips, soups and stews is still largely based on what we think is best for our health, according to the Australian Financial Report, released today.
While some of the recommendations are certainly true, the report found that the advice that is often given about foods to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer is not really relevant to people with these conditions.
“We’re looking at the advice, and there are still people out there who are not getting enough nutrition from their diets,” Professor Stephen Jorgensen from the Australian National University told ABC Radio National.
“What we want to see is a lot more evidence-based advice on what is actually good for your health.”
A key finding of the report was that most of the best advice on dietary choices is based on a very limited understanding of nutrition science.
“People think that they know everything about what they eat, and that’s simply not true,” Professor Jorgenson said.
“A lot of people think they know what they should eat and what they shouldn’t eat, but actually that’s not always true.”
It’s really important to look at what we know and what we don’t know.
“Foods like spinach, which can help lower your blood pressure and improve your mood, and red meat, which is high in protein and fibre, are often thought to be good sources of nutrients.
But the report also found that people are also missing out on a lot of other food sources.”
There’s a lot that people aren’t getting,” Professor David MacKay from the National Centre for Food and Nutrition Research told ABC Breakfast.”
You know, if you’re not getting the right types of vegetables and fruits, it can be really hard to lose weight.
“Food choices are often skewed towards people with higher cholesterol levels, and they’re often not taking in the right amount of fibre, Professor MacKay said.
The report also highlighted the issue of the “vegetarian paradox”, where people who have higher levels of cholesterol are missing out from certain foods that are high in fibre.”
The vegetarian paradox, when it comes to eating, is really a lot harder to solve,” Professor Mackay said.