The recent article in the Sunday Times 'The Clean Eating Myth' was a good read. An excellent piece about how we have become hooked on, and even obsessed with, dietary fads such a 'clean eating'. Significantly, these short term crazes, often supported by social media frenzy, often have little or no nutritional merit. The article points out that many of these dietary fads are in fact very harmful, particularly for teenagers.
We seem to devour these dietary myths, offered up by one or two individuals on the basis of their singular experience, in the quest to find an easy way to become slim, beautiful and healthy. Yet on a daily basis we ignore the rational, comprehensive health advice of thousands of experienced experts around the world, highly qualified teams, working for reputable organisations.
5-a-day is no fast fad. It is in fact is the longest standing, most uncontroversial and unchallenged piece of dietary advice offered in the last 20 years, by governments all over the world, as well as by the World Health Organisation. And that's for a reason. It's a basic building block of easy balanced healthy eating programmes, most focussed on plenty of fruit and veg, as well as good fats, good carbs, proteins and fibre.
5-a-day may not be in the news much, but it will stand the test of time, while other trendy diet myths fast fade away.