Lately I have been noticing more and more crappy advice on TV ads, from doctors and in news articles. I think these are some of the ones that just get my blood boiling, mainly because they are advice giving to my in-laws who both have cancer and diabetes:
I try to brush off most stuff as nonsense, but when it's coming from a doctor its a hard pill to swallow (pun intended).
"Everything in moderation."
Sure, that can be legit sometimes. But I am so sick of people, who have no knowledge of anything about health and nutrition, covering up their ignorance and making themselves feel good by saying "Just eat everything in moderation and you'll live a long healthy life."
Me: "I don't eat wheat because it messes with my stomach."
Person: "Just eat everything in moderation and you'll be fine."
Every time I see the Food Pyramid, I want to punch a wall.
Those commercials with Susan Sarandon touting the "benefits" of lowfat dairy make me want to just slap her and the entire dairy industry. We buy vat-pasteurized, non-homogenized, full fat milk for my teenage son. His best friend (whose mother is one of those CW low-fat advocates) was at our house one day, and I offered him a glass of milk; he demurred, saying he didn't care for milk. I gave it to him anyway, saying he should try it, so he drank it...then looked at me and said, "Wow! What have I been missing?"
I told him, "Real food."
Eat whole grains. Don't eat rare meat and don't eat all that (yummy, yummy) fat attached to it. Also, the silly idea that tofu concoctions are just as tasty as the meat they poorly try to replicate. Women needing to take calcium supplements. You must wear super-supportive shoes for running and hiking or else you'll get hurt. Seriously, Mimsy - how are your feet not sore working out and hiking the mountain in those Vibram thingies?
Also, that weight lifting is bad for women and that if I want to get smaller, I need to do tons of cardio. Weight lifting/strength training will just make me look like a man. I broke through a plateau and got my hourglass figure back introducing this to my lifestyle, and the loss has been noticeable enough for quite a few people at work to comment on. However, when I tell this to other women, they act like I am some sort of anomaly and that if I was normal, the treadmill would be much safer and more effective for me.
Meat eating is not environmentally friendly. Apparently, cheap corn is?
Also, I hate this one: if you want a toned stomach, do ab workouts. Work those muscles to death and your stomach will shrink and get hard! Yeah, right.
And this more recent chestnut: some people are just born that way, and the best the obese can do is to try to keep their weight down with a low-fat diet and moderate exercise. We must accept our destiny and not hope to reverse thyroid and/or metabolism problems because those diamonds are forever.
The advice the American Diabetes Council gives to my mother:
"Eating sugar has nothing to do with developing type 1 diabetes.
The biggest dietary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes is simply eating too much and being overweight—your body doesn’t care if the extra food comes from cookies or beef, it is gaining weight that is the culprit."
So she basically has a doughnut in one hand and her insulin shot in the other.
The advice given to my mother by her doctor and the ADC REALLY GETS MY GOAT.
My biggest one is that soy is good for you - Leo Babauta recently earned my eternal consternation with a post about how soy is really good for you and the WAPF is an evil organization spreading lies about saturated fat because they want to kill THE WHOLE WORLD.
That saturated fat is bad for you is another.
That eating meat is bad for the environment, full stop. That veganism, not sustainable permaculture incorporating animals for fertilizer, is the best system for the environment.
That sugar and high carb, low fat diets are thought to be ok for diabetics. My mother is a type II diabetic and the fact that I and not her doctor, am the one who tells her to cut out sugar completely and go low carb, makes me so mad.
I usually get irritated when I see ads for Soy products, touting their health benefits. Usually these are all around, since I shop at a co-op.
I also can't understand why diabetics keep getting advice to eat high carb diets. It's like the medical profession is trying to kill them off, not treat them.
Also, usually when I'm eating something, I get comments about how I'm going to die at a young age because I "just ate 12 eggs, that's like a year's worth of cholesterol", or my meat is killing the environment (I always feel smug when I reply that it's grass-fed, and it actually isn't destroying the world).
Another thing is, that my roommate separates the egg yolk out, and just eats egg whites. His diet also consists of tons of carbs (cereal, bread, etc.), and he states that he's "playing it safe" in regards to fat and cholesterol. My explanations of how fat and cholesterol are essential don't seem to change his mind, since I can't cite a value that he needs to eat.
Eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks in between- that way, you'll keep your blood sugar levels steady!
when i tell people i do one large meal a day, they freak out and tell me it's going straight to my fat stores because I'm starving my body, then "binging."
this from the girl who packs a sugar-laden fruit cup, soy milk carton, and honey-oatmeal-trail mix bar and munches practically non-stop all day. and she wonders why she has so much trouble losing weight. "I'm just big-boned. You see, I eat healthy- lots of little meals throughout the day, so it can't be my perfect diet. It's probably just genetics."
Oh Girl, you have no clue
and when I have to feel guilty about eating butter straight. wish that was the norm :)
Avoid meat, eggs and dairy to treat gout.
Aside from weight, gout was my biggest health problem, and the above statement is what my doctor told me to do. I read Cordian and Taubes' thoughts on gout and I did the complete opposite of what the doc told me. I've had no gout symptoms in months.