Desang diabetes magazine food news

LIVINGLIVING

A

s many as 22% of people

in the UK* are thought to

have consciously pledged

to have an improved,

more balanced and

nutritionally healthy diet in 2019. But by

early February many will have slung the

avocados in the bin, packed away their

trainers and replenished the biscuit tin,

breaking their vow for 2019 to be their

healthiest year yet. For those that are

feeling guilty about this, new research

conducted by The Institute for Optimum

Nutrition (ION) provides some reassurance

that failing to embrace a healthier diet isn't

entirely your fault. It has been identified that

only one in every three Brits (30%) have

a good understanding of what actually

makes a good diet. With the internet and

the media providing such large amounts of

conflicting and deceptive nutrition advice,

it is unsurprising that many struggle to

maintain a healthy lifestyle.

NUTRITIONALLY

LACKING

Britain's diet of fake food news prevents optimum nutrition,

says Mike Murphy (below). Here he provides an overview with

some top tips on

how to obtain the

best nutritional

advice and mythbusts the fake

food

news that lurks on

the internet.

A survey of two thousand UK adults

has explored the UK's knowledge on

nutrition and discovered it is very limited.

As many as 78% see the importance and

value of nutrition on every day wellbeing,

with 45% understanding that nutrition

impacts their health and 33% identifying

that nutrition effects mental health but

almost half (49%) of those surveyed

said they would love to have a better

understanding of nutrition with 26% even

admitting that they find nutritional advice

confusing, full of conflicting information.

When seeking nutritional advice 21%

of the UK turn to social media as a source

of information despite many social media

sites containing fake news and unproven

advice. Retaining information from

dubious sources could explain why 6% of

the public believe that carbohydrates are

an unhealthy component to a diet and 7%

think fat should be avoided.

With false nutritional advice invading

our social media news-feed, it can be

challenging to obtain accurate and reliable

information. So to add some clarity, Mike

Murphy, a nutritional therapist at Saffron

Wellness Ltd and a health lecturer at ION,

myth-busts the most common fake food

news and provides his top tips on how to

seek out the most reliable nutritional advice.

*Survey completed by Vital Statistics on

behalf of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION)

in December 2018, with 2,001 UK adults from

across the country being polled.

Myth busting

Myth 1. Eating fat makes you fat…

In fact, the opposite can be true. Low-fat

diets are ineffective at long-term weight

loss. Our brain is more than 60% fat and

the fat in our diet helps to promote satiety

and a more stable metabolism. The trick

is to focus on healthy fats such as those

found in nuts and seeds, oily fish like

salmon or mackerel as well as extra virgin

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