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It wasn’t ‘The Truth about… Healthy Eating’

Written by Gogy

There was a show on the BBC titled “The Truth about …Healthy Eating”. It was unsuccessful due to some misleading conclusions. On the BBC program, the reports were not the truth but somewhat unscrupulous. The Public Health England had released some reports which had asked to eliminate dairy products to 15 % from daily diet. It has also discouraged the consumption of meat and eggs. But in the program, the analysis and the results were a little bit controversial.

Not The Truth

What are the best foods for a healthy body?

Obviously who better knows this than the nutritionists and the dietitians? The complete diet chart prepared by them has a lot of important nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, Vitamin B complex, vitamin A, iron, copper, potassium and more, in right amounts. The dietitians suggest many low-calorie foods which may be consumed to control weight.

Comparison between foods

The packed super foods may be available any time of the year and sometimes in special offers at supermarkets. But are they equally nutritious when compared to the fresh varieties? For instance, the packed Goji berries have a good amount of vitamin C when compared to strawberries. They can be used when fresh strawberries are unavailable. But the show didn’t compare other vital minerals and vitamins of Goji berries to strawberries.

Coconut oil and rapeseed oil have the same benefits as told in the program but it’s not the truth as the rapeseed oil is better because it has low saturated fat.

The program told that consuming super foods like kale leaves give less nutrition than cabbage which is not the truth. The Food Standards Agency’s nutrient database denies this fact. A chart with nutrition contents of both kale and cabbage suggest that kale has more nutrients packed than any other green leafy vegetables. The values for each mineral and vitamin is more for kale than white cabbage.

Even in the program, three breakfasts were compared which have the same amounts of calories in them:

  • 1 bowl of Yoghurt and 1 banana
  • 1 Boiled egg and 2 rashers of grilled bacon
  • Cereal (3 Weetabix biscuits) and half a pint of full-fat milk

When a blood glucose test was performed on people, all three of them were found to release energy at a similar rate. Also, the calories burned were the same. The eggs and bacon breakfast was considered the healthiest among all. It was based on a fullness test i.e. low calories were consumed at lunch. Again it was not the truth.

The researchers at World Cancer Research Fund found that processed meat especially bacon consumption causes cancer. So, the test failed as it concluded that the great British breakfast is healthiest. If the cereal and yogurt breakfast were added with a protein source like nuts, dried fruit, and seeds, it could also be one of the healthiest breakfast options.

Saturated Fat in milk

The views presented in the program were biased towards the dairy industry. They recommended the consumption of saturated fat in cow’s milk. But it’s not the truth. The reports from the National Obesity Forum denied that the fat does any good to our body. It held the prime share of attention among all other types of milk as it was considered the best source of iodine. But the quantity disclosed in the program was more i.e. 425ug/L but according to the Food Standards Agency database, it is 300ug/L, a bit lower than the BBC’s estimate.


The food shows which are telecast should have more righteousness in their content and results. They should follow responsible journalism.

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