I just saw on E! News some of the dumbest nutrition advice…
They were putting in a plug for a book called The Beauty Detox Solution. It is written by Kimberly Snyder. In her bio, it doesn’t even mention a solid educational background in Dietetics or Nutritional Sciences. The difference between a “nutritionist” and a registered dietitian is education. Anyone can say they are a “nutritionist.” Essentially you can pay for a Clinical Nutritionist (C.N.) credential online for as low as $420 dollars… nothing clinical or evidenced-based about it. To learn more about why a Registered Dietitian is the nutrition expert click here.
Let’s just review a few of the tips she gave on the show:
1) Use Coconut Oil. The most heart healthy oils are olive, canola, and corn – NOT coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. It is this fat that increases the bad cholesterol (LDL) in our bodies. Unsaturated fats are healthy for the heart. There are two types: monounsaturated fats (olive, canola, and peanut) and polyunsaturated fats (canola, corn, sesame, sunflower, safflower, and soybean).
2) Onions purify your blood and help your skin look younger. What? I have never read one study on this. If you have found a good peer-reviewed article send it to me. Onions can be a great vegetable to use in stir-frys, salads, or soups but don’t expect these results.
3) Don’t drink water with your meals, because it dilutes the enzymes and hydrochloric acid in your stomach. She also mentioned that it doesn’t help with weight control either. Where do these people get these ideas? Our bodies need water to facilitate digestion and transport the products of metabolism (our energy burning system) including ENZYMES! Sipping water in between bites not only hydrates your system, but also helps your body realize it is getting full by stretching your stomach. It takes time for a full stomach to communicate with the brain and tell the brain that it is time to stop eating. Water can help speed up this process and may help prevent overeating.
4) Use spices like cayenne pepper to increase your metabolism. Spices are a wonderful alternative to use instead of adding salt to your food, but it won’t increase your metabolism with a dash here and there. If you want to increase your metabolism go workout.
5) Eat the skins of vegetables. Finally, one I agree with!!! Yes, please eat the skins of your vegetables and increase your consumption of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However, I am happy when individuals eat vegetables period, let alone the skins
I understand the media and consumers like reporting and hearing about the crazy health and nutrition advice, because it makes for better TV. It doesn’t, however, improve your health or beauty!