Monday Rant

Per usual, I started my Monday morning answering a couple personal emails and catching up on a handful of blogs. You know, how any productive business professional should start their day. Since it was a pretty slow morning in the blog world (as every Monday morning annoyingly is), I decided to google Paleo and see what would come up. I clicked on one article entitled “Paleo dieters love eating like cavemen, but health experts wary”. I knew this one would be a winner since “health experts” would be weighing in.

So, I got reading. The first couple of paragraphs were actually pretty interesting. I mean, who doesn’t love a good ol’ Paleo success story? All was great until I stumbled upon this little gem (referencing the Paleo diet):

“I would describe it as a very low-carb diet and low in a lot of nutrients, vitamins and minerals,” said Angie Scheetz, registered dietitian and wellness coordinator at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. “It’s not something I would recommend.”

Are you high, Angie Scheetz? I mean, I’ve read a lot of crazy statements from “health experts” before, but I think this one takes the cake (pun intended). If nutrients aren’t found in lean meat, fruits and veggies, where exactly can you find them? Please, Angie, do enlighten me.

Comments like these make me question the validity of today’s “health experts”. It’s scary to think that someone like this is licensed to dish out nutritional advice to the general public. What is she telling them anyways? If you want to be healthy, focus on eating the most processed and chemically altered foods possible? Are you shitting me?  And we wonder why more than half of the population is overweight today. We’re not pretending that we know everything about nutrition and science and Paleo (because we sure as hell don’t), but come on- to say that a diet that relies heavily on vegetables and meat lacks nutrients is just ignorant.

To help Miss Health Expert out, I was able to find this handy dandy guide that shows what foods contain vitamins and minerals. Gosh, this page must have been missing from her textbook! I bet some evil caveman tore it out and devoured it.. searching for some nutritional value before deciding that french fries and a Big Mac was ultimately a better choice.

Via Paleo Diet Lifestyle. For a more detailed list, check out Health Alternatives

This article is a perfect example of how you can’t believe everything you read online.  Just because an “expert” says it, does not mean it’s true. Our friend Katie over at the AspiringRD wrote a great post on this very topic last week (she has a better, more educated-less emotional take on the subject).

Be smart. Do your research. And please, do not believe someone when they say the key to living a long and healthy life can be found in a box of Fruit Loops.

-Erica (additional commentary and sarcasm provided by Emily)

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14 thoughts on “Monday Rant

  1. The word ‘expert’ itself is silly. Just because you studied and are in the field doesn’t make you an ‘expert.’ Maybe a specialist but everyone has room to learn more. Just because you are an expert, doesn’t mean you are always right.

  2. Yeesh! She must think that people will just automatically believe what they read since she’s an “expert” and all!

    I particularly love it in standard company when people find out that I don’t eat any sort of grain product at all and their answer is always an astonished, “But what do you eat??!!”. Ummm….meat & fish, fat, vegetables and fruit? Do people really think that if they eliminate bread, rice and oatmeal that they’ll starve?

    Also, the “health expert” should consider that all the other health professionals say you should eat as colourful a diet as possible. So….meat, veggies and some good fat then?

    Gosh, people are misinformed, hey?

  3. I like those lists! Thanks for sharing ’em! And it can take time for new ideas to penetrate through to some people – dietitians across America are still prescribing high carb low fat diets for diabetics. Yeah. Oy vey!

  4. I heartily agree with “be smart, do your research,” but I would add “listen to your body.” So few people pay attention to how they feel after eating. Oh, are you bloaty and gassy every time you eat dairy? Maybe don’t eat dairy! Do fruits and veggies provide you with better, more sustainable energy than sugar and caffeine? You’ll never know if you don’t pay attention! I know you feel me on this.

  5. It’s SO frustrating that some of the “experts” are being trusted by people who are already sick because of processed food. The nutritionist teaching my mom’s diabetes class (at the hospital!!!) told her she should be using low-fat products. I was like “but MOM! It’s not even real food, and they replace the fat with SUGAR! You’re DIABETIC!” *forehead slap*

  6. Thanks for the shout out ladies! Of course the word “expert” is a slippery slope. The biggest problem in nutrition, wellness, and dietetics is that while the credentials are clearly outlined, people are still left with their own opinions. So while a dietitian that received her education 30 years ago may still be recommending a low-fat, processed diet, some of us that are newer to the field have different opinions. It is important to rely on people that you are comfortable with and whose opinions align with what you believe a healthy diet should be, but remember not to discount an education in nutrition. While I see many dietitians as outdated and WAY too aligned with corporate sponsorships, that are those of us out there with both an extensive education AND a more modernized opinion.

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