January 22, 2012 by  
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If you are a client of mine, you would have no doubt had the long (yawn) boring lectures from me at some time about why we shouldn’t eat dairy products and red meat; the problems with the CSIRO diet book; and why it’s a myth that dairy products prevent osteoporosis. Well, it seems I’m not the only one saying these things……

Here’s an article from Grant Cameron that appeared in the Sunday Mail on page 15 on the 15.1.12:


Cheese has just been officially declared the most stolen food in the world. Not surprising really, given that most of us love it, and a wedge of Edam is easier to shove up your jumper than a hand of bananas or a side of beef.

If you’re a fan, too, you may be dismayed to read that milk products may not be as good for you as we’ve been led to believe. And, the news isn’t any better for red meat eaters. 

Harvard University in America had made these claims based on nothing but the latest scientific information on food and nutrition. The university said it needed to do that because “Powerful agricultural interests’ appeared to have had significant influence on new food guidelines released recently bu the US government. According to those guidelines, a hot dog on white bread with fries and a milkshake was given similar nutritional value to healthy protein, wholegrain bread, vegetables and low-fat yogurt.

At a time when our indulgent lifestyles are creating massive increases in cases of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses, it’s outrageous to think that the financial viability of vested interests would be given priority over the health interests of the population at large.

You would certainly hope that our Government, or any of its agencies, wouldn’t allow sections of the agricultural lobby here to caress the facts about diet and nutrition for no other reason than financial gain?

Mind you, I do seem to remember the CSIRO taking some heat a few years back because the meat and dairy industry provided some of the funds for a popular diet book  that, coincidentally, featured plenty of recipes featuring red meat and milk products.

I really care about what I eat, and I don’t like to think Im being told something is good for me, bad for me, then good for me again based on what may be unproven information provided by someone with a product to flog.

Which brings me back to the science – and cheese.

Harvard researchers say dairy at every meal is too much and there’s little evidence that high dairy intake has any impact on osteoporosis.

The science also shows the best diet is one that’s rich in vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy protein such as fish, chicken, bean and nuts.

Red meat hardly gets a look-in. When he reads this, I’ll expect a “lambasting” from Sam Kekovich. 

For expert advice on which diet is right for ‘You’ – Consult your Naturopathic Physician.

Yours In Great Health,

Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS, MNHAA, MHATO

Naturopathic Medicine Practitioner, Lecturer, Researcher


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