Do you trust eating advice shared via the media?

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We are constantly told what to eat and what not to eat, and quite often the advice is subsequently contradicted. 

Eating fat has for the last three decades at least, been linked to heart disease, and we have been advised to avoid fatty foods like meat, cheese and cream. However today we are being told that  FAT is the key to living longer: Previous diet advice was WRONG, say experts!

A DIET of “real food” containing plenty of natural fat could be the key to living a long and healthy life.

Now scientists say the advice followed flawed trials – none had involved female patients – and “should never have been introduced”. There is no direct link between fat intake and death from heart disease, they say.

It now seems that advice on a low fat diet was based on undercooked science!

So who do you believe?  How are we to make informed eating choices when the information provided can change?  What are your views?  Do you eat everything in moderation or do you take note of the up to date advice shared via the media and exclude food groups from your diet?

Do you trust eating advice shared via the media?

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stokie18
23rd Mar 2015
0
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the food that we eat today has many chemicals added to it to ensure a long life. also the animals are fed food that has added to it so that the animals get fatter quicker this then gets into our system. also gp's are advising on what is the current gimick ie blood pressure so even if you go with a sore nose the gp only see's you as a blood pressure candidate to take drugs for life.
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
1
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A lot of these so called cholesterol lowering diets are sponsored by brands marketing products purporting to lower cholesterol. Companies just basically flogging products that are costly and make no difference at the end of the day~(diet~)!
HJR58
26th Feb 2015
2
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There is so much conflicting and contradictory information. A little of what you fancy and a varied diet with lots of fruit and veg and little processed food is what I try to achieve. I admit though that I have bought real butter again recently!
Kezziedog
22nd Feb 2015
2
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One minute we are told "this" is good for you then "a few years down the line " told its bad for you,

Just like Statins ... wonder drug , solves all problems , now "they " are not too sure ..... it has caused problems.
paisley pattern
18th Feb 2015
3
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They chop and change it so many times that I'm fed up it to be honest. One minute something is of benefit to you, the next they come up with some negative research. I think a little of what you fancy does you good.
jualsagi
16th Feb 2015
2
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Edwina Currie & eggs springs to mind...
daydreams
12th Feb 2015
3
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In the eighties we were told to avoid things like butter, bad for you the 'experts' said. Now some 'experts' say this advice was wrong. This is not an unusual situation, advice one year being retracted or having doubts cast on it, so how are we 'normal' people supposed to know who's right and wrong? Best advice? Trust your instinct. Eat a little of what you fancy when you fancy, make sure you get a balanced diet - and know, that's not a bacon buttie in one hand and a burger in the other!
Oleen
11th Feb 2015
4
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Of the generation who are now 80+ there are many still alive and enjoying life. All of this generation ate the food as it came with full fat with few preservatives etc. that must tell us something about the diet they ate.
Archiebald
12th Feb 2015
3
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Very True it must have been quite good! My grandparents lived untill, they were in their mid 90s. Very poor folk but happy and blessed with very long lives. their diet was simple. I remember eating at their house in the 1960s...but it obviously had some good benefits!
SandraDSmith
11th Feb 2015
3
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My Nana lived until she was 92 years old and Granda 89. They always had dairy products, double yolked eggs, fried bacon and everything on Sundays. I always followed that. Never stopped eating dairy products. I am 72 and have no real health issues except hearing.
anniflower
10th Feb 2015
3
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In a way, I feel a victim. Victim of 30 years of an inappropriate mantra trotted out by NHS, diet industry, food companies etc. 'go to work on an egg' / eggs are bad for your cholesterol. I've eaten chemical mixtures supposed to be 'healthy' - reduced fat this, low calorie that, eaten 'healthy' carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, diet drinks etc etc etc. Now as an insulin dependant diabetic, I'm still being fed mixed messages. I've opted for low carb for healthy blood sugar, and given up dieting!

Eat sensibly, as close to natural as is compatible with modern life.
Wilf
10th Feb 2015
3
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Think you have raised some really good points here. One minute advice is this and next a total contradiction?
Baxi
10th Feb 2015
3
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As with everything, it's important to use your own common sense. We're being so conditioned not to think that people just do what they are told. If something doesn't feel right - don't do (or eat it).

A little of everything is my motto and don't eat food which has been mucked around with. White sugar and flour - yuck (why would you eat food which has been bleached?), processed cheese - never, drinks containing chemicals - what's the point?, ready meals full of sugar, flour, salt and chemicals .... the list goes on.

Just get back into the kitchen and cook something from scratch - it tastes so much better and doesn't take long to make. Look at Jaimie's 15 minute meals, they are fantastic!
Mother earth
10th Feb 2015
3
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Over the years we have been told coffee causes cancer, then it doesn't. Sugar also causes cancer. Then it didn't. Fat is unhealthy ,then it isn't. So I decided not to take any notice of any of it. I think it depressing that so much money is wasted on scientists finding problems with everything we eat or drink but can't find cures for diseases we don't want
Peter
10th Feb 2015
3
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I don't believe any of the media rubbish that comes out about diet. You'll probably find this research was sponsored by the dairy industry. I'm constantly amazed at how one week coffee is good for you then the next its not. The same for red wine etc.etc. etc. the results depend on who has paid for the research.

Just eat what you like in moderation and exercise regularly and all will be well.
lizfid3
10th Feb 2015
4
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From as far back as I can remember "experts" have been telling us not to eat certain foods, only to change their minds later. Eggs, potatoes, milk, butter & cheese are just a few of the foods which were "bad for us". So the sugar and additive laden low fat alternatives are healthier? I have never believed them and never will. My body soon lets me know if my diet is in need of change.
These fads benefit only the food manufacturing industry who have made billions from them.
CaroBee
10th Feb 2015
3
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Time and again, so called experts demonstrate that they are talking through their hats! Why would anyone take notice? Common sense and everything in moderation seems the sensible way to go.
PattiJane
10th Feb 2015
3
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Everything in moderation! Never failed me so far.
Wilf
10th Feb 2015
3
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I think we over 50s are saying...apply common-sense and enjoy food...eat fresh where you can and in moderation. I have never liked margarine for example and just think its like chemical "soup" much prefer natural butter and I am sure its better for me
kirktonlass
10th Feb 2015
3
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I am in my 60's and food fads have changed back and forwards so often over the years - one decade something is bad for you and the next they find it is good for you. For years I have ignored what they say and try and eat a balanced diet with plenty of veg and just rely on my own judgement. I was brought up with the philosophy of everything in moderation so feel that having a little of something so-called bad for me won't do any harm
pamjones
10th Feb 2015
3
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I believe we should take personal responsibility for our food choices, not expect to be told what they should be. It seems obvious that we should eat fresh food which has undergone as little processing as possible, and eat it in moderation. I don't trust the latest research at all.
Jo Kingham
10th Feb 2015
7
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How can we trust what they say when it changes all the time?
I think the easiest thing to do is to eat everything in it's most natural state i.e. as nature intended and keep away from processed stuff.
Baxi
10th Feb 2015
2
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malcolm m
10th Feb 2015
1
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What a loud of rubbish 5 a day is, the medical lot and the health nutter ram it down people throuts,
I total ignore it all never drink plain water i walk 3 or 4 miles a day everydody should be allowed to eat and drink what they want when they wont.
Robbinn
10th Feb 2015
6
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I believe many of our problems stem from the 'added' ingredients in food. For example:
Butter - Cows milk; milk fat
Well-known Spread: Water, vegetable oils (sunflower, palm, linseed, rapeseed); plant sterol esters; olive oil; buttermilk; modified waxy maize starch; salt; emulsifiers (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, sunflower lecithin); preservative (potassium sorbate), citric acid; flavourings; vitamin A, D and E; colour (carotenes).
A healthy, varied diet without convenience food to me seems the very best diet of all. Everything fresh; if it's in a packet it's no good. I was shocked the other day when I read the ingredients of a simple stock cube when I can make it using chicken carcase and/or vegetable peelings.
I even make my own tomato sauce these days from tomatoes, onions, a bit of red pepper, herbs and spices. My grand-daughter loves it and it really does not take long to make (all left-overs in the freezer for next time).
Since last August I have completely changed my way of eating; no sugar or convenience food. I decided to do so as a healthier way of life; not for medical reasons. Since doing so, my already quite satisfactory blood results have decreased substantially (cholesterol, blood sugar etc). I get a print-out of all the results and it is very interesting to see the marked difference but the main result is that I feel so much healthier.
kirktonlass
10th Feb 2015
4
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I quite agree with you - last year I was able to spend more time in the kitchen so now cook pretty much everything from scratch. Not only does it save me money but I know exactly what is in my food - AND it tastes better!!
chrissiedavin
10th Feb 2015
6
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No! Everything in moderation works fine.
Archiebald
10th Feb 2015
2
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I saw this on the news today that authorities are now saying that in the 60s & 70s all the advice on cutting down on butter & margarine was not necessarily correct? Surely its up to the government to create a website dealing with all dietary aspects-whats good to eat/not etc. We need to get some clarity on all this!
joleeps
10th Feb 2015
5
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it is down to us to use moderation in what we eat and how we run our lives

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