The Sinister 6

I was once asked by a patient recently…   “Everything in nutrition is so confusing! Surely in this day and age, with all the modern technology we have, we could figure out something as simple as what to eat!”   Frankly I have to agree with them.   I tend to find that even amongst the most esteemed nutrition experts from time to time they disagree as what is healthy and what is not.   The human body is very complex, it’s not black and white.   To put things in perspective, the biochemical processes that go on in one cell cannot be replicated by even the most sophisticated computers.   That’s just one cell. You have a few trillion more.   You are also an individual, we all have the same genetic blueprint but the way we live our lives dictates our nutrition needs.       ‘One man’s meat, is another man’s poison’ as an unknown author once said.   So nutrition is and will continue to be an ever-evolving field of science and medicine, more of a spectrum of grey rather than black and white.   I quite like it that way. However, I do agree, things can be confusing at times.   Just recently there seems to have been an influx of nutrition-related stories hitting the media headlines…   …and it’s left my patients even more confused, bewildered and lost!   At the end of the day, who likes being confused?   So today I’m covering the ‘Sinister 6’, the top issues that are hitting the headlines and what you actually need to know to stay out of the fog of confusion.   Salt      What’s it all about?    A medical pressure group called Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) was set up by Professor Ian MacGregor in 1996 with 22 other expert scientific members as a rebuttal to the release of a department of health report in 1991 that, despite a body of evidence did not result in the a decrease of salt recommendations at the time to be less than 6g […]

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