Food Shaming

Food Shaming

The shaming of dietary choices in 2020 is rife. These shamings are usually void of any meaningful context and, at times, spearheaded by those in positions of nutritional authority. Forever catapulting assumptive rhetoric without appreciating overall food intakes over periods of time.⁣⁣
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If these food shamers did apply perspective each time they lambasted an individual for eating morsels of chocolate, pasta, meat, pizza, sweets, cereal, or any food, they would understand the following:⁣⁣
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The presence of sugar in food is not a problem – the quantity and regularity of consumption is more relevant to one’s health. ⁣⁣
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Satiety is subjective. We literally have the mental capacity to choose to stop eating food. Therefore it is not down to the food, it is down to our decisions over time.⁣
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Moderate intake of saturated fat is probably less harmful to our health than stress, or many other unappreciated health inhibitors. ⁣⁣
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Most foods are processed to a point. It is a better idea to understand the nutritional properties of ingredients before labelling food as bad just because it was modified. ⁣⁣
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All foods (and water) contain chemicals, otherwise they wouldn’t exist. The danger arrives in the dose. Apple seeds contain cyanide (a lethal poison), but the dose in apple seeds is too small to be lethal.⁣⁣
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Finally, the term ‘empty calories’ is a contradiction of basic science. As a calorie is a unit of energy, it literally exists as that. If there are calories, there are macronutrients. Emptiness is impossible.⁣
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Persistent criticism of food without any overall dietary/lifestyle context displays poor understandings about the food we eat. Additionally, striving for so called nutritional perfection may negatively affect one’s relationship with food.⁣
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We are best placed to eradicate extreme, unfounded noises. If one acquires evidence based knowledge about the food they eat, demonization of any food will never occur.

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