My 5 take-home messages from BBC Horizon Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth

Dr Giles Yeo from University of Cambridge aims to seek the evidence-base behind the ‘clean eating’ trend *spoiler alert – there ISN’T much* Catch the show now on BBC iPlayer.

Ella Mills, better known as Deliciously Ella appeared on the show to share her thoughts, others such as the Hemsley sisters, Melissa and Jasmine from Hemsley + Hemsley and Natasha Corrett from Honestly Healthy declined to appear on the show!

My 5 takeaway points from the show are:

  1. If you want nutrition advice make sure you seek a Registered Dietitian (RD) (search the Freelance Dietitians list here) or an (Associate) Registered Nutritionist (ANutr/RNutr) (search the register here). Unfortunately ‘Nutritionist’ isn’t a protected title, please sign Fight The Fads (FTF) petition here to try and have it discussed in parliament.
  1. It’s important to note that neither Ella Mills, Hemsley Sisters or Nastasha Corrett are Nutritionists (not that they’ve ever claimed to be). They all follow diets that work for them and it’s important to remember everyone is I N D I V I D U A L. Do something that works for YOU.
  1. If you’re considering embracing a new diet regime, don’t exclude entire food groups. We need all food groups for allow for a normal, healthy and balanced diet. A popular exclusion at the moment is gluten, for more information please read a blog post by Jennifer Robinson & Fight The Fads here. *You should always consult medical advice beforehand.
  1. We should all be aiming to include more fruit and vegetables in our diet and that’s a given. However, foods shouldn’t be classified as ‘clean’ or ‘guilt-free’ this can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. I am planning on learning more about this from Dr Laura Thomas as part of her intuitive eating course starting on the 30th January.
  1. My last point… Please don’t fall for FAD diets and false promises!

Other blog posts on clean eating

Charlotte Stirling-Reed (SR Nutrition) – What’s the problem with clean eating?

Dr Stacey Lockyer (BNF) – Is clean eating really good for you?

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