Why the media has a lot to answer for
You know what, I’m going to have a little rant. A rant that will hopefully inspire you to get super savvy as a consumer and to get real with your health. It’s not just the media, but manufacturers too.
The Saturday before last, I was ranting about the 5:2 booklet that came with the Daily Mail on Saturday. Full of artificial sweeteners, diet sodas, low fat puddings, allowing women to have biscuits and cakes and sweets. My email box fills up with questions from women about what my views are. Well regardless of the research, any ‘health’ programme that encourages women to eat these types of food should be banned from all shelves in my opinion.
Fast forward a week and there’s now a series in the Mail on anti sugar eating, basically contradicting everything the 5:2 diet stands for AND disagreeing with all the research. Again, more emails, more questions.
So let’s get this straight. They run a diet campaign that is packed full of sugar and artificial sweeteners one week, and then they tell you the next week that sugar is the devil and you mustn’t have the stuff. It’s hardly surprising that women are confused.
Thankfully, I am pleased to see that there is now more low/no sugar eating advice and inspiration out there. I’ve been banging on about it for nearly a decade! Last night as dispatches aired their sugar programme, I was inundated with emails saying ‘You’ve been talking about this for years Janey!’
I found it quite interesting that the World Sugar Association declined an interview and that Ian McDonald – the government advisor on obesity and sugar – has his research funded by Coca cola and Unilever. NLP experts I work with suggested that if you watch his body language he was very uncomfortable when answering certain questions. Could you argue that perhaps he was like that because he wasn’t telling the truth? Let’s get all these people on the Jeremy Kyle show and make them take lie-detector tests!
Many people still aren’t aware that Fructose is the main issue with sugar consumption, it’s the most damaging and toxic to the body, and can only be metabolized by the liver, unlike glucose. Yet just about all diet drinks and low fat puddings – the kinds you see from Weight Watchers for example – are packed full of the stuff. The very stuff that KEEPS people on diets and makes them sugar addicts.
Fruit is packed full of fructose too, something I tell women to cut out of their diet as much as possible and replace with vegetables. Of course small amounts of fruit are okay, but it is loaded with calories and fructose. So why has fruit been made a free food at Weight Watchers? Could it be to keep women addicted to the very thing that keeps them on diets? Mmmm, food for thought. The former finance director of Weight Watchers recently stated that the success of WW was created on an 84% failure rate.
Recently in the States, the below product, NAKED ‘natural’ drinks have recently been sued and had to pay out $9million.
Did you guess that this company is actually owned by Pepsi?! Would you have thought this was healthy with the packaging? Read the full article here –
Look ladies, it’s time to get real with health. Don’t believe everything you read, and don’t also believe all the research that is quoted. Ask yourself who funded it for starters!
When you see booklets and promotions in magazines, remember that they usually pay a fee to be featured. When you see celebrities promoting a new product, it’s usually not an authentic recommendation. Don’t get me on one of the TOWIE girls standing in a bikini confessing she takes diet pills. A lot of celebrity magazines are actually causing disordered eating by doing such things.
With all this influence it is YOUR responsibility to find your way through all of this. Make sure you know what sits right in your soul, what is authentic to you, whether what is being said is correct. The Media and manufacturers want your cash. What do you want?
I’m going to leave you with one of my favourite quotes:
If you don’t look after your body, you’ll have nowhere to live.
Let’s get real with health!