Food Fads that irritate us the most! An interview with Not Plant Based

Not Plant Based is a platform providing food, health, fitness and motivation for troubled eaters – founded by Laura Dennison and co-authored by Eve Simmons.

We met with them recently to unite in our fight against the food fads and we look forward to working together in the future!

The wonderful ladies recently interviewed us about Food fads and myths that make us really angry (clue: there’s a lot!). Give this a read as we dispel the myths shown below, and separate fad from fact!

1) “Sugar-free” alternatives
2) “Detox” Diets
3) Carbohydrates make you fat
4) “Superfoods”
5) Sweeteners and additives are harmful
6) Protein supplements
7) Gluten is ‘bad’ for you
8) Cutting out entire food groups, i.e Dairy

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. katebl5 says:

    These messages are great! Can you steer me in the right direction on articles to read about sugar and it’s effect on the brain in relation to mental health, please? Kate

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    1. fightthefads says:

      Hi Kate, this is an interesting question. At present, there is actually quite limited evidence for impacts of sugar intake on mental health. What we do know is that sugar intake affects blood sugar levels, and it is important to keep blood sugar levels stable to prevent dips in mood. This is summarised nicely by the BDA fact sheet: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/foodmood.pdf

      There is some limited evidence into sugar and the brain. Forgive us for not having time to critically appraise, but this Huffington Post article has some links to limited evidence (as you will see, most are done in animals): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/sugar-brain-mental-health_n_6904778.html

      Penn Nutrition provides an evidence based summary of sugar and mental health in children <18 years and concludes the following: Evidence Synthesis
      No evidence was found on an association between added sugars and short- or long-term mental health effects in children ≤18 years, including autism and dementia. Grade of Evidence D

      Practice Guidance
      There is no information available on whether added sugar intake affects mental health in children. However, sugar provides calories without any additional nutrients, so it is recommended that sugar intake be limited according to Healthy Eating Guidelines.

      We hope this helps.

      Best wishes,

      FTFs

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