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Nutrition: What the Health Documentary

I have worked with people who have varied types of diets. While I don’t particularly like labels, I am what I consider a “qualitarian” – someone who eats animal products within a plant based diet, my overriding concern is food quality. I have known people in the past who felt their vegetarian or vegan diet was superior. However, they neglected to choose high quality foods so eating all plant foods that are genetically modified or full of pesticides or processed carb snacks is not healthy at all. In fact it defeats the purpose of trying to avoid what they consider “toxic” animal foods.

Don’t misunderstand, if you eat conventionally raised animal products, that isn’t providing the health benefits you desire either.

So when I create my meals, my top consideration is the quality of the foods I include. That’s step one. Of course there is more to a healthy diet than just that, but without that, no matter what you do, you will miss the mark.

There are so many confusing and contradictory reports about what really affects our health. Is it sugar? Fat? Meat? Gluten? Grains?

I’ve said many times in the past, whenever you read new research results that casts a certain food or food group in a negative light – first find the money trail behind it. Years ago the cereal industry funded research saying the cholesterol in eggs caused heart problems. Then we were fed margarine and told to avoid butter and saturated fats and eliminate eggs and salt and what happened? Heart disease increased. New research has proven just the opposite to be true. Eggs, saturated fat from properly raised animals and natural unprocessed salt do not cause heart disease.

The bottom line is to eat the highest quality real food (margarine isn’t real food!) you can find and afford.

That being said, I read about a documentary called “What the Health” in this article in Dr. Mercola’s newsletter. I won’t repeat all he says since you can read it for yourself, but the bottom line is that it seems to promote veganism as most of the experts involved in its creation are vegans.

If you are a vegan and find that diet suits you, that’s fine with me! However, when presenting information to the public, it needs to be balanced and unbiased, otherwise it is nothing more than a commercial for your opinions. (Finish here)

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Comment by Ann Musico on September 12, 2017 at 10:42am

Thank you Debbie. I have strong opinions but I try not to "force" mine on others as if they are the only valid ones - at least I hope I don't. But at the same time I try to be transparent and honest about what I think and why. Everyone certainly doesn't have to agree with me.  It bothers me when something is marketed a certain way without revealing a particular bias. It feels very deceptive to me.

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on September 12, 2017 at 10:16am

Ann, you bring up good points. If an article is written by people with a strong slant we must weigh that. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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