Thursday, 10 November 2011

A Recipe for Confusion

So how do you confuse people in the area of diet and nutrition?  Try this;
  1. Come up with a blanket recommendation such as Reduce your salt intake - and get your government/NGOs on board:
    "The government has set a target of reducing the average salt consumption of adults to 6g per day by 2010. This is a challenging but achievable goal, which will bring measurable improvements in health. A study published in the scientific journal Hypertension in 2003 estimated that a reduction in salt intake to 6g per day would lead to a 13 per cent reduction in stroke and a 10 per cent reduction in ischaemic heart disease. "
  2. Find an association or organisation that is likely to back a contrary view for 'balance' - so in this case we'd go with the European Salt Producers Association.
  3. Broadcast research that detracts from the message in step one. 'Low Salt Diet May Increase the Likelihood of Heart Disease'.
  4. Follow the money.  Find a link between the researcher in step three and the association in step two.
Here's the thing - don't eat anything with 'hidden salt' as it is unlikely to be 'food'; food-like maybe.  In fact don't eat anything in which contains 'additives' that could be considered 'hidden'.  Don't eat stuff that would require any kind of 'food labelling'.  What is hidden in a carrot?  Nothing.  Everything in a carrot makes a carrot a carrot.  Capiche? 

A naive approach?  Probably.  A simplistic approach?  Yes - as should be your approach to food.


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