I felt compelled to write a blog about a recent TV programme, ‘The Truth About Healthy Eating’ with Fiona Phillips. I couldn’t believe what I was watching and how biased the BBC was.
Even though some of the points in the documentary may have been justified through lab research, it’s up to the documentary makers to adapt the documentary so that viewers are able to make an informed choice; not be brow beaten into a different thought process. It was almost too confusing, not to mention comical.
A lot of what was researched left us at odds with the way we currently live our lives. Topics included looking at health drinks and smoothies, why frying can now be the healthiest way to cook. The documentary also looked at supplements and although I believe there is some truth in what they were saying about the fact that we can take too many, we still need supplements to help us through the ageing process and deficiencies. I don’t believe food alone can help us.
There was also no mention of when it would be appropriate to consider taking supplements. Even if something doesn’t contain the amount of nutrients we thought it did, it doesn’t go on to make that product unhealthy, probably just not healthy as we thought it was, particularly if that product had already been classed as a superfood.
This programme goes against everything we know and has opened the floodgates for yet more critical thinking on the food industry. It’s important documentaries are impartial. Viewers need to be able to make up their own minds as to which way they want to go.
By the time the programme had finished, I felt as though I’d been through the ring with Mike Tyson a few times, like I was the one on trial. The documentary was very critical of our lifestyle choices based around food, based on our understanding of foods that were once considered to be healthy. The documentary was very damming and patronising.
It was also completely scientifically biased. Our minds were pretty much made up for us. I am sure many Nutritionists up and down the country will be up in arms over this documentary, because a lot of what they know from what they have learned will now differ.
If anybody wants to see the documentary or see it again, within the next 28 days, here is the link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07dxmyk/the-truth-about-10-healthy-eating