This cynical five-a-day myth: Nutrition expert claims we've all been duped
By Zoe Harcombe
Last updated at 9:55 AM on 24th January 2011
With great fanfare, it was reported last week that the current health advice about eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is outdated, and that scientists now believe that eight portions is more beneficial.
While many people grumbled about how on earth they would manage those extra portions, I allowed myself a wry smile.
For more than two years I’ve known that the ‘five-a-day’ mantra we’re all so familiar with is nothing but a fairytale. [...]
Diet is everything. We load up on anti-oxidants to undo the damage we have done. What if we just don't do the damage in the FIRST place? Stop smoking. Stop eating highly processed food.
Now we load up on vegetables or even become vegetarian thinking we will be more healthy, but we aren't and won't be. Vegetables are not all that great. Compared to meat, they are pretty much nutritionally deficient. Eating more fruits and vegetables is all just a clever marketing campaign
. It is interesting to note that the government has bought into it. Nutritional and medical information supplied by the government is at the political whims of special interest and lobbyists
... It started as a marketing campaign dreamt up by around 20 fruit and veg companies and the U.S. National Cancer Institute at a meeting in California in 1991. And it’s been remarkably successful. ...
If you want to eat balanced, then here's a list:
... liver (good for all vitamins and packed with minerals), sardines (for vitamin D and calcium), eggs (all-round super-food with vitamins A, B, D, E and K, iron, zinc, calcium and more), sunflower seeds (magnesium, vitamin E and zinc) and dark-green vegetables such as broccoli or spinach (for vitamins C, K and iron).
Add milk (good for calcium, vitamins A and D), porridge oats (magnesium, zinc and B vitamins) and cocoa powder (magnesium and iron) and, hey presto, you’re provided with the full quota of every vitamin and mineral our bodies need. ...
If you still want antioxidants, then drink tea and coffee.