BBC healthy eating documentary

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.

4 Jun, 2016

4 thoughts on “BBC healthy eating documentary

  1. I’d say we should take these programme with a pinch of salt. Journalists like to be controversial as it gets them airtime and massages their egos.

    At the end of the day we have to do what we feel is best for us and it doesn’t really matter if there is a sound basis in science for those decisions, if we feel it does us good or helps in any way, we continue to do what we want.

    I’ve noticed quite a bit of a backlash against this Journalist and she’s probably regretting being so outspoken in the first place.

    1. I have read comments about her too. Yes I think you’re right. We should always do what we feel is the best for us. It makes it difficult of course with documentaries like this, which not only slams the food we believe in, but have also been told are good for us.

      I agree at the end of the day we have to do what’s best for us given what we deal with, regardless of what we’re told.

      It’s a shame the documentary makes are biased. I was always told it’s important to be objective, that way you get to see both sides.

  2. I’ve just viewed this programme in Australia. Normally I have a very high regard for programmes associated with the BBC but have to say I found this one hard to watch.

    It was so badly put together, it would be laughable if it wasn’t so seriously flawed and likely to be harmful to anyone who actually believed the content and followed it’s findings.

    I think we should all take this programme with a very large pinch of salt (not the type of salt that was used in the hydrating drink made by the so called expert though). What a load of biased unscientific rubbish.

    I agree with Ilana it would have been so much better to have been more objective, more scientific and honest.

    1. Thank you Jan and welcome to the site. I also didn’t think much of how the Presenter presented the documentary.

      A very simplistic approach to what was an important topic and very biased towards the BBC. A 13 year old could have done a better job to bring awareness to the viewer.

      I went away thinking I knew more about the topic without having watched the programme. Very disappointing indeed. I couldn’t agree more.

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