5 Serious Mistakes That Nutrition Experts Make

5 Serious Mistakes That Nutrition Experts Make

With so much competing studies and opinions out there, it is a common occurrence for nutrition experts to make calls on things that are really mistakes. Some of them are virtually harmless mistakes; however, some are quite serious. It is the serious mistakes that nutrition experts make that you should know about in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Mistake #1 Animal Products are Both Necessary and Good for You

It is quite surprising that nutrition experts still make this claim like it is something that was written in stone when time after time research has proven this to be a massive falsehood. Yet still people in a position of authority continue to perpetuate what they see as the truth despite what fact tells us. Take Chris Kresser for instance. While not a nutritionist, he lays claim to great knowledge on the subject of nutrition. (http://chriskresser.com/about) This is clear in his article “Red Meat: It Does the Body Good! (http://chriskresser.com/red-meat-it-does-a-body-good) In short, Kresser claims that even though beef has been blamed for many health issues over the last few decades, the “supposed” scientific evidence is sketchy at best and proves nothing. MISTAKE! Mr. Kresser certainly has a right to his “opinion”, but true nutrition experts who take the health of the human population more seriously have very different thoughts of the topic. Here are some more responsible statements from real experts on the topic of animal products:

“A healthy diet of beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits provides all the protein you need.  In fact you are better off getting protein from plant sources.  While animal protein can be hard on the delicate tissues of the kidneys, plant proteins appear to be free of this problem.  They are also free of the risks of calcium loss and kidney stones associated with animal protein.” Neal D. Barnard, MD

“The concern that vegetables do not contain ‘complete proteins’ is not scientifically valid.  Plenty of protein and all of the essential and nonessential amino acids are present in single unrefined starches, such as oatmeal (16% of calories from protein), rice (8% protein), corn (12% protein), beans (26% protein), whole wheat spaghetti (14% protein), and potatoes (11% protein), enough even for weight lifters and endurance athletes, . . .” Kerrie Saunders, PhD

“. . . increased intakes of animal protein also enhance the production of insulin-like growth factor . . . and this enhances cancer cell growth.” T. Colin Campbell, PhD

“In reality, people have no greater need for animal protein than do gorillas or elephants, both of whom have far bigger muscles than we do, yet are plant eaters. It comes as a surprise for people to learn that essential amino acids are made by plants, not by animals. We can get them from animals, but somewhere along the food chain they originally came from plants. Generally, if vegans eat a variety of plant foods (legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and grains) and consume sufficient calories, protein needs will be met.” Brenda Davis, RD

“In fact, a National Institute of Health study at the University of California published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2001), found that “women who ate most of their protein from animal sources had three times the rate of bone loss and 3.7 times the rate of hip fractures as women who ate most of their protein from vegetable sources.” Matthew Lederman, MD and Alona Pulde, MD

“All proteins are made up of the same amino acids. ALL. No exceptions. The difference between animal and vegetable proteins is in the content of certain amino acids. If vegetable proteins are mixed, the differences get made up. Even if they aren’t mixed, all you need to do to get the right amount of low amino acids is to eat more of that food. There is no ‘need’ for animal proteins at all.” Marion Nestle, PhD

Mistake #2 Fruits Should be Limited Due to High Sugar Content

Just hearing this should make you say “huh?” While I have not been told this by a nutritionist, I have been warned against too much fruit and fruit juice by my children’s dentist. “Your children should not even be drinking fruit juice because there is too much sugar and it will rot their teeth.” Then of course they are each handed a lollipop as they walk out of the dental office. It makes my head spin! First we will look at the experts who back this advice up.

“We should only have three portions of fruit a day, fruit is very high in fructose and when we eat too much, we store the excess fat, plus too much sugar is very ageing for the skin.” Nutritionist to the Celebrities, Marisa Peer

Ms. Peer also claims that the sugar in fruit is our enemy because it sticks to collagen making our skin look stiff and unhealthy. She also claims that it can cause anxiety, depression, and (get this!) Alzheimer’s Disease. From what I can tell from her and others who share the same views, the main reason to cut back on fruit is for cosmetic purposes and not health purposes. MISTAKE. Here are some differing opinions from experts that know what they are talking about. FYI, it is their recommendation that we eat at least 5 servings of fruit per day, if not more.

According to the American Heart Association, eating a lot of fresh fruits lowers the risk of strokes and heart disease, that pears and apples help prevent strokes, and that fruit in general keeps your heart healthy. Another organization made up of nutrition experts, Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables, tell us that fruit consumption prevents obesity. How could that possibly be if there is an overabundance of bad sugars in fruit? And finally, a group by the name of Wegmans’ Nutritionists, tell us that when we fill our meal plates, we should do so with half fruit and half vegetables. For more information on this healthy group, go to www.wegmans.com.#sthash.nc1Z5l9X. The more you educate yourself the more you will be able to see though the falsehoods made by experts we are supposed to be able to put our trust in.

Mistake #3 High Protein Diets are Best

While nutritionists from all over the world have a bad habit of telling people that high protein diets are best, the one I would like to focus on comes from the London’s University College who claim the following: “…high protein intake leads to the production of the peptide YY (PYY) in the body. The PYY peptide is a protein which, in high amounts, prevents hunger sensation and reduces appetite. This is why people who are on diets rich in proteins do not feel the need of eating very often, because the PYY protein provides them with a satiety sensation.”( http://news.softpedia.com/news/Why-Diets-Rich-in-Proteins-Really-Work-34886.shtml ) From all I have found, it seems that the main reason that nutrition experts tell this falsehood is to help people lose weight, and while losing unwanted pounds is healthy, doing it in an unhealthy way such as this defeats the entire purpose of finding good health. Below is what responsible nutritionists will tell you about protein.

Nutritionist, Doctor Longo of the UK has this to say:

“We provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet – particularly if the proteins are derived from animals – is nearly as bad a smoking for your health.”

If we are to believe that this information is valid, and there is no reason not to, then why in the world would any expert tell us to pack in the protein, especially from animal based sources?  High protein diets also cause many other unwanted health issues such as kidney problems. The bottom line is that the way our bodies are built to function, our kidneys cannot handle a large influx of protein which can lead to something as small as a decline in our kidney function, to total kidney failure. In addition to the risk of kidney problems, high protein diets are also linked to the following:

  • High cholesterol
  • Liver damage
  • Some types of cancers
  • Osteoporosis

The bottom line is that even if a high protein diet leads to a quick fix for weight loss, it is not worth the other problems that it could create. Being a size 5 means nothing if your bones are brittle and your liver is damaged.

Mistake #4 Not Considering a Person’s Lifestyle

Not considering a person’s lifestyle and food preferences in their nutrition plan is a major mistake made by many nutrition experts. Every person is different. If a nutritionist prescribes a specific diet plan for an individual without taking certain things into consideration, they are setting that person up for failure. For example, if a nutritionist makes up a meal plan for a client that includes many foods that the client simply does not enjoy, the plan will never work. Diet plans do not have to be painful for the client, and in fact, should be as enjoyable as possible. This is why so many people hate to diet; they find that in order to reach their goals they either have to starve themselves or eat a bunch of food that they detest. It does not have to be this way though. Each client will have different needs. If you are a very physically active person, you will not need a meal plan that would befit someone who lives a more sedentary life. When a nutritionist does not take the actual person into consideration, they are doing them a huge disservice.

Mistake #5 Recommending Food Supplements Instead of Real Food Nutrients

All too often, nutritionists recommend using supplements when they should be advising  people to get their nutrients from real foods. Consider this; hundreds of years ago people who were in good health got their nutrition from the foods they ate. There were not supplements available back then, so why is it that people think we need them now? Even though it sounds so much easier to pop a pill to get everything our body’s need, the bottom line is that supplements can in no way replace the consumption of real food. In fact, when they were developed, they were never meant to replace real food! They were meant to balance out a person’s nutrients when there was a real need for some extra help. But now, many people trade in meals for pills and this must stop. Stopping this behavior must start with the experts telling the truth about pills vs. real food. The basic truth is that eating real foods give us more kinds of nutrients than any supplement can, and do so in a much more balanced manner. And here is one more fact for you to chew on from the experts at Colorado State University:

Whole foods provide not just vitamins and minerals, but also energy in the form of protein, fat and carbohydrates. They also provide phytochemicals, which may help to lower your risk for certain diseases. Although you can get some types of nutrients through supplements, it is better to get them through food. The nutrients and other components in whole foods are usually more balanced and may be more biologically active and able to survive digestion, according to a 2009 article by David R. Jacobs, Jr. published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Only you can decide what is right and what is wrong. Only you can take this information and turn your health and your life around. You know what is right so make the changes and you will find out there is a much happier and healthier you buried under all the incorrect advice!

 

Best of Health,

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