Last week social media was full of outrage after Woolworths aired a video of Michelle Bridges promoting their new range of frozen meals, ‘Delicious Nutritious’ meals. Apparently ‘Healthy never tasted so good’.
This isn’t the first time I have seen well known people promoting things that really they should know better about. But at the end of the day, it comes down to $$’s in most cases. Forget ethics; that went out the window when they realised how much money they could earn!! (Want to read more about my ethics? Click here)
There is a TV commercial I have seen over the last few weeks for Yakult (the probiotic drink). It is being promoted by Perth Dietician Julie Meek. In June 2015 Julie was invited to Japan by Yakult Australia to visit their manufacturing plant, research institute and listen to the latest research on the role of probiotics in our diet and our health. In the TV advert Julie talks about the benefit of drinking Yakult. Benefit?
One serving of Yakult has a whopping 10.2g of sugar per serve, equivalent to 2.5 teaspoons!
It also contains skimmed milk powder and dextrose-more sugar! Don’t be fooled by Yakult light either. This contains 1.5 teaspoons of sugar which comes from artificial sweeteners; something to definitely avoid. Australian government guidelines recommend that we choose foods that have less than 10g per 100g of sugar and here we have a dietician promoting Yakult which contains 17.5g per 100ml ! That’s more than coca-cola ! There are plenty of healthy ways to get probiotics into your diet every day. You can choose a supplement which does not contain all these other nasties. Or alternatively you can eat fermented food every day such as miso, tempeh, kimchi or sauerkraut.
Don’t be fooled by the Michelle Bridges new range either. Although I have to state that the nutritional value could be worse, don’t be taken in by the marketing. I’m not a fan of the healthy star rating nor am I a fan of canola oil. Don’t be misled by RSCPA approved chicken either. And don’t forget Woolworths are the ‘fresh food people’. Does anyone see anything ironic here?
At the end of the day Michelle Bridges did this advert because she was getting paid for it.
And then lastly there is Therese Kerr, voted in 2015 as one of Australia’s most influential women. Therese is a big supporter of organic products, both food and beauty. She’s a holistic health advocate who has her own range of organic beauty products because she believes we are not only harming ourselves but future generations from all the toxic chemicals we are putting onto, and into our bodies. However recently on Instagram (with no less than 18,6K followers I hasten to add) she showed a photo of organic herbs, mushrooms, spinach leaves, rocket and sweet potato topped with SAVOURY YEAST FLAKES. Now please let me apologise to all the vegans reading this who are completely hooked on this food because it can make food taste ‘cheesy’ but this is not a food that someone who is so passionate about a healthy way of life should be promoting. Savoury yeast, also known as nutritional yeast is a form of MSG. It is an excito-toxin which means that it over-stimulates the neurotransmitters of the brain until they are so frazzled that they die (never a good thing!) You can read more here
When I questioned Therese Kerr on this her response was, ‘What yeast flakes are you referring to honey’ and then went on to tell me all about nutritional yeast!
At the end of the day, I am a BIG believer that every BODY is different however there are some basic health concepts that can’t be ignored.
Too much sugar, salt and bad fats are not good for you.
Eating microwaved food out of plastic is not good for you.
Eating food-like substances are not good for you.
It is time we took our own health into our own hands.
Stop following the celebrities and start doing your own research. I promise you that your body will start to feel better for it.
The choice is yours.