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Video: Professor Tim Noakes and ‘The Real Food Revolution’

Published on April 10, 2014,

This video is of Professor Tim Noakes talking to an audience about health, obesity, diet, grains, processed foods and his book ‘The Real Meal Revolution’. His take-out message: ‘Get back in the kitchen and cook your own foods’…

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New Free Video Says ‘Slim Is Simple’

Published on February 13, 2013,

A new non-profit organisation has been launched called Slim is Simple to provide the public with free information about health and nutrition (and not the kind we are used to getting from governments and official health bodies). In their own words, Slim Is Simple will “provide compelling multimedia resources—free of charge—that the entire good nutritional science community can leverage to help share the simple lifestyle adjustments that have helped us all help so many people live so much better”. Here’s the introductory video, featuring health writer Jonathan Bailor, with the clear message ‘don’t count calories - eat good, clean food!’…

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You can see more videos at the the Slim is Simple website

Mainstream media asks how our approach to nutrition went so wrong

Published on November 21, 2012,

Leading national UK newspaper the Telegraph has an interesting article from food journalist Bee Wilson that hints at how official nutritional theory is slowly under-going a profound sea change from encouraging people to eat fat-free, sugar-free and cholesterol-free to realising that fat and protein are to be welcomed while carbohydrates need to be treated with caution. And no, all calories are not equal. But Wilson goes on to wonder how we ever got into such a mess in the first place. This is from the Telegraph…

Walter Bread Sugar Free Wheat Bread

Walter Bread Sugar Free Wheat Bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll always remember the day my then four-year-old daughter’s class were sent home with a diet sheet from the local authority. It advised that if your child became hungry between meals, you could try giving them a sugar-free jelly. Sure! That’ll fill them up – a mix of gelatin, sweeteners, colouring and water.

For a long time official nutritional theory was largely negative. A food was ‘good’ if it had zero fat, zero sugar or zero cholesterol. This was a joyless way of looking at the process of eating. And it didn’t work. While governments and doctors exhorted us to cut our pleasures out, obesity levels soared.

We are now in the midst of a nutritional sea change. The old enemies of fat and protein are being welcomed back, while refined carbohydrates are the new devil. But the change is far bigger than this. There’s a new sense that food is not just about calories in, calories out. We are starting to realise that 400 calories of salmon and lentils might keep us going for longer than 400 calories of low-fat white sliced bread. What we are seeing – and about time, too – is a return to the old concept of nourishment.

The wartime generation, living with scarcity, judged foods largely in terms of how they nourished you. Fish was brain food. Meat and milk would build you up. Butter and eggs were husbanded, as golden treasure. Blackcurrant and oranges were valuable vitamin C. Children needed to be fed, not fobbed off with sugar-free jellies.

We came to reject the idea of nourishment as old-fashioned. Looking at our increasingly chubby youth, we felt that ‘nourishing’ was the last thing they needed. We were wrong. A gathering body of scientific evidence suggests that the obesity of the West and the malnutrition of the developing world are not as far apart as they seem.

‘Eat less and exercise more – it’s not rocket science, is it?’ is a view often expressed when the subject of obesity comes up. But this takes no account of the complexity of the problem – nor the fact that it has never been seen on this scale before. A 2009 paper in Nutrition Reviews by Garcia, Long and Rosado found that obesity worldwide was linked with a lack of vitamins and minerals. Obese children are far more likely to be deficient in vitamin D. Deficiency in vitamins C, E, A and zinc has also been associated with higher body fat. You can be overstuffed and undernourished at the same time.

Meanwhile, Robert Lustig, a children’s doctor, has electrified public opinion in America by suggesting that one of the root causes of obesity is, bizarrely, hunger. His argument (watch his YouTube video, ‘Sugar: the Bitter Truth‘) is that the excess sugar in our diets – much of it in ‘low-fat’ processed foods – messes with leptin, a hormone that tells us when we are full. If Lustig is right (some scientists dispute him), children who gorge on sugary foods are not just being greedy; they are often genuinely hungry, because their diet fails to satisfy…

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