Four Mistakes Loser Diet Weight Loss Summary

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We think we know what to eat: less red meat and more fibre, less saturated fat and more fruit and veg, right? Wrong, according to a controversial new book by nutritionist Zoe Harcombe.

In the book, Harcombe charts her meticulous journey of research into studies that underpin dietary advice and her myth-busting conclusions are startling.


Myth: Fat is bad for us

Real fat is not bad for us, says ?Harcombe. Its man-made fats we should be demonising. Why do we have this idea that meat is full of saturated fat? In a 100g pork chop, there is 2.3g of unsaturated fat and 1.5g of saturated fat.

Fat is essential for every cell in the body. In Britain [according to the Family Food Survey of 2008, we are deficient in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, which are responsible for healthy eyesight, bone strength, mental health, cancer and blood vessel protection and, therefore, heart health. We need to eat real fat in order for these vital vitamins to be absorbed into the body.

Myth: We should eat more fibre

For three decades, we have crammed fibre into our bodies to help us feel full and keep our digestive systems moving. This is not a good idea, says Harcombe.

The advice to eat more fibre is put forward along with the theory that we need to flush out our ?digestive systems. But essential minerals are absorbed from food while it is in the intestines, so why do we want to flush everything out? Concentrate on not putting bad foods in.

Myth: You need to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day

Five-a-day is the most well-known piece of nutritional advice, says ?Harcombe. Youd think it was based on firm evidence of health benefit. Think again!

Five-a-day started as a marketing campaign by 25 fruit and veg companies and the American National Cancer Institute in 1991. There was no evidence for any cancer benefit.

Myth: Fruit and veg are the most nutritious things to eat

Apparently not. Harcombe allows that vegetables are a great addition to the diet if served in butter to deliver the fat-soluble vitamins they contain but ?fructose, the fruit sugar in fruit, goes straight to the liver and is stored as fat.

Fruit is best avoided by those trying to lose weight, says Harcombe, who adds: Vitamins and minerals in animal foods meat, fish, eggs and dairy products beat those in fruit hands down.
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This article was published on 2011/01/18