Dr Suzie Edge on 21st century nutrition and health

Tag: nutrition

Carnivores don’t do sprouts (or scurvy).

Carnivores don’t do sprouts (or scurvy).

It may come as a surprise but the medical wards at our local hospital are not bursting at the seams with rows and rows of scurvy sufferers, despite the rising numbers of people turning to zero-carb all meat diets. Carnivores don’t get scurvy the way […]

Please help me write the book – a new Patreon page.

Please help me write the book – a new Patreon page.

Let’s do this! Please help me write the book. I’ve launched a Patreon page to help enable my research and writing. Against The Grain – a lifestyle manifesto for the future of the NHS. You can follow this link to become a patron here. Thank […]

Beanz means more than they care to tell you about…

Beanz means more than they care to tell you about…

I adore baked beans, I always have done. Whenever I went home from University my Mum would make a special  effort to stock up on lots of tins just for me. It wasn’t just Heinz that I liked, any variety would do. I love them when they’ve been cooked for far too long, like you get in the school canteen, in a catering batch made for hundreds. You get the point? I like baked beans.

I used to eat them with white bread and whatever spread was on the go. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I don’t eat beans anymore, considering what else is in the tin.

The recent television advert for Heinz Beans left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. The advert features a fitness enthusiast who is home from a run and reaches for the protein shake (OK, that’s for a different blog post) and he says that he’s looking for something with protein, fibre and low in fat. His partner smugly pulls a bowl of baked beans from the microwave and says she’d doing the same thing, but with beans.

Yes, beans have protein and not much fat. Beans also have a ridiculous amount of sugar and they conveniently didn’t mention that bit.

It is NOT OK to pretend that because a product has something that may be healthy in it, that we can simply ignore the rest of the contents. There are just under 20g of sugar per can.

Nutella is another classic example. You may have seen the advert that says how it’s great for growing bones because it has a smidgen of milk, or that it has a lick of cocoa powder and hazelnuts, oh so healthy huh? This advert completely ignores the fact that this product is mostly made of sugar and palm oil.

Foods claiming to be new healthy substitutes are doing it also. On a break at work recently I was offered a protein bar by a well meaning colleague. It had protein, so it must be good for you, especially if you avoid carbohydrates as I do. Looking at the label I was horrified to see how much sugar there was lurking in that bar. If you’re eating protein bars for the protein, you’re doing yourself a disservice. You’d be better off with a steak. If you’re a vegetarian, there will still be better ways, but not necessarily with baked beans or protein bars. If an advert gets exited about containing or not containing a particular macro-nutrient, the likelihood is it has forgotten to tell you about the others, and there is a reason for that. Take a look for yourself before believing that marketing.

Suzie

I didn’t see this before I wrote the blog: complaints were upheld about this advert claiming that the beans contain the same nutrients as something else, which apparently is not allowed. Who knew?  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44951720

Main picture from The Grocer

I don’t have time to wait for your precious trials.

I don’t have time to wait for your precious trials.

We go to conferences for a lot of reasons, education, CPD, a day out of the office, networking. Networking means meeting up with like minded people but it also means stepping out of your bubble and meeting face to face with those who may not […]

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes. Really badly.

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes. Really badly.

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes and our priorities are all wrong. With T2DM, a condition brought on by years of sugar and carbohydrate loading, we continue to shovel in more refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars. We hope it will […]

You need to make a choice.

You need to make a choice.

Newspaper headlines can be confusing with what’s good for you one minute being bad for you the next. It’s understandable that you feel confused, that is after all what the headlines are designed to do, to unsettle you. The difference between relative risk and absolute risk is often lost when it comes to drama hunting headline writers, they will pick the most dramatic.

The answer to all this though, is not apathy or blaming confusion for your lack of action. If you’re worried about weight gain and ill health then you need to make a choice.

Making a choice to follow an idea might just be the action you need. It is action, one way or another, that gets results. I have nothing against people who choose to eat a vegan diet, though I don’t think it is the answer for good health, but people who have chosen this diet have made a choice and that is to be commended. There are others who eat are carnivore diet, again it isn’t my choice, though I am probably not far off it. Again, they are to be commended for making a choice because ultimately they will find that it works for them or if it doesn’t.

Give something a chance but if it doesn’t work, change it.

This is the problematic rut that many of us have found ourselves in. Yo-yo dieting happened because we kept trying what ultimately didn’t work. Weight came back on, so we’d better just try that miserable low-fat calorie counting again. That’s the definition of madness is it not? Trying to do what you’ve always tried to do, and expecting something different in return?

If you’ve tried this approach before but you still find yourself unable to lose weight or if you can’t find the health you’d like, it is time to try something else. I would suggest a low-carbohydrate and high fat diet, eating real food and ditching the processed starch, sugar and fake seed oils.

I can say for sure that doing nothing and not making a choice will lead to exactly where you are now.

Eat the bacon.

Suzie

 

Getting started with your ketogenic diet : Part II

Getting started with your ketogenic diet : Part II

After I received a few questions about how to get started with losing weight on a ketogenic or low carbohydrate diet, I wrote Getting started with your ketogenic diet : Part I,  giving my thoughts on which foods to eat and avoid. Now for a […]

Low carb diets set up your environment to cope

Low carb diets set up your environment to cope

When it comes to weight loss advice we are often told to stop and think about what we are about to do, when we reach for food and snacks. This is supposed to stop us from overindulging through mindfullness. Mindfullness is a big buzzword of […]

…but you “just can’t cut out a whole food group”.

…but you “just can’t cut out a whole food group”.

Every day I hear the scoffing phrase “you just can’t cut out a whole food group” or “you just can’t demonise a food group”. It is an inbuilt, long-ago-learned phrase that you will often hear said against those improving their health by reducing their carbohydrate intake. I have heard it a lot recently in response to the recent BBC documentary “The Truth about Carbs”.

At first it makes me laugh and then it makes me so frustrated. What do you think you/we/all of us have been doing to FAT for decades? Exactly that, cutting out a whole food group, demonizing a whole food group. And how did that go for us? 435 million people with diabetes and one third of the world’s population obese or overweight. That’s not to mention those suffering with hypertension and stroke, heart disease, gout, PCOS, metabolic syndrome and maybe even some cancers and Alzheimer’s (blog on that to come).

And you never hear yourself saying these words to vegetarians or vegans, who for their own reasons have chosen to improve their health by cutting out whole food groups and probably not, only because these are more socially acceptable.

Here’s the thing though. Fat is an essential nutrient. We need fat in our diet (proper fat, not the processed seed oil crap). What we don’t need, and what you might not have heard before, is that there is NO essential requirement for carbohydrate. There is no disease of carbohydrate deficiency. Our bodies can and do make the tiny amount of glucose required from fat and protein.

I’m not saying I never eat any of it. I’m not a carnivore and I eat plenty of broccoli and green beans, but I don’t subscribe to the “but the children need the sugar for energy” bollocks.

We SHOULD be demonizing the processed, sugary, starchy food group – or we will remain fat and sick.

Eat the bacon.

Suzie

Is the UK leading the way in a grass roots LCHF public health solution?

Is the UK leading the way in a grass roots LCHF public health solution?

This week has been a very positive one. Could the UK be leading the way in a grass roots low-carb public health solution? Listening to the KetoWoman Podcast at the end of last week was a treat. Daisy and Louise had been at the Public […]

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