Nutritional fallacies.

  1. Depending on your body dietary needs, your body does not necessarily need to eat every food source from every food group as part of a healthy diet. For examples, vegetarians and vegans only eat around half of what an average person would eat of the food groups, but they are in good health. The same for Paleo eaters, some who cannot eat any grain products due to allergies can still have a good diet and pack their foods with all types of nutrition.

2. Milk is not necessary for bone development. The investigation from Harvard University of public health states that dairy is not actually needed as part of a healthy diet, after investigations that you can eat nutritional foods that contains more calcium such as vegetables and fruits, fish, nuts and beans. The Healthy Eating Plate suggests you should be making more room for your protein, vitamins and whole grains. Again, this is questioned by how much each person would need? For example, a long distance athlete would need more carbohydrates for energy, but someone who isn’t as athletic may require fewer carbohydrates, and more protein (?).

3. PROTEIN is part of a healthy diet, not meat alone. There are many other ways you can fit protein into your diet such as beans, fish, nuts, lentils and many more. Meat is only a segment of the protein category as part of a healthy diet.

4. Taking multivitamins daily. When you buy supplements, as mentioned previously, it leads to wastage and intoxicates your body as well as around you. There is a reason they are called supplements, and people who take vitamins each day tend to waste the majority, and in the end they have stacks of supplements sitting in the cupboards that eventually just go to waste.

5. Certain saturated fats are actually seen as good for our bodies. Unlike fatty dairy products or meat, using coconut as an example, contains high saturated fats. The difference with this is that it is a natural saturated fat, and therefore it reacts with our bodies completely differently.

6. YOGHURTS ARE NOT GOOD. They contain sugars, flavourings and all other ingredients that your body doesn’t understand how to digest, therefore it is left lingering in your system, which in theory, will sit in your tummies. The artificial compounds are harmful to our intestines. If you were to go for anything, stick with natural yoghurts other than Greek yoghurts for example.

7. YES counting calories matters to a DEGREE. If you take 200 calories in a cookie, compared to 200 calories in broccoli. Our bodies needs nutrients to create energy, and feeding us artificial foods leads to our bodies absorbing this and not actually using it, because our body simply doesn’t know how to.

8. If you eat everything in moderation, what does that mean to each person? I could eat “in moderation”, a packet of sweets, which WILL lead to me gaining weight easily. Another person will not put on anything at all and will eat “in moderation” for them a packet or two a day. Its crazy how different we all are, and we all suggest what everyone needs, but we know actually nothing at all… no average result will benefit anyone.

As I was researching all about the nutritional sides of everything, it got me thinking how there are so many companies who are giving false information to people who are trying to live a better lifestyle. Even the government appears to change their views. By creating my machine, it will stop all of the fallacies of different diets and what people ‘need’ to be eating. The overall point of this project for me, is to create something so different to anything else out there in relation to health, but it does not refer to the word ‘health’ in any shape or form, because the idea is to subconsciously weave people into eating better without knowing they are, because their bodies are only telling them what they need. I guess you could see it as a small form of education on the human body, and the differences in everyone’s needs.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/

http://www.evolvingwellness.com/essay/9-nutritional-fallacies-that-are-still-common-today

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