We live in the age of technology and this has diffused into our daily lives and it even includes our food. As a health professional and a person who loves science, scientific studies and data do interest me and it is amazing how much we rely on it. In my book, Second Chance at Health-Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I recommend diets and eating plans that are successful. The incorporation of real, whole foods is recommended.
We have “scientized” (I don’t think that is a real word) so much, we want scientific data on how to eat, drink, raise our kids (there is even an app that will “tell” you what kind of cry your child is making so you can respond appropriately) and almost anything else you can think of! We are under the impression that more information will improve our health and lives, but I do not see that happening at all! I have seen that all of this data causes confusion and stasis as people don’t know where to start!
My sister recently asked me how to prepare for a surgery that she is having, as she suffers from nutritional deficiencies and she asked for my recommendations. I encouraged her to ensure that she is eating enough protein and I suggested protein shakes. Protein shakes are one of these dietary supplements that are very popular and are marketed for people to use to help them lose weight when used in place of a meal, build muscle or simply as a meal replacement for busy people.
My favorite nutritionist told me about shakes and I found the article below! It was a consumer report article that, although written in 2010, has some fabulous common-sense information in it (supported by science no less). This article discusses some risks that they identified when reviewing common protein drinks. The article discusses the dangers of the health risks related to the heavy metals they found in the shakes. They state that we often eat too much protein and that there are less expensive ways to obtain the proper amount of protein from a wide variety of foods!
One can easily consume enough high-quality protein from food way less expensively than protein shakes, such as eggs, chicken, yoghurt, and milk! If she was a vegetarian she could consume plant based complete proteins such as quinoa, rice and beans, Ezekial bread, peanut butter sandwich, hummus and pita and more!
As a health professional and a self-professed fitness and health expert, I say eating a variety of foods in their natural state is the best advice for most people.
My book called Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, emphasizes that choosing clean foods to use in the variety of diet/eating plans that I recommend is superior to relying on scientific food! I am not opposed to convenience or short term use, but a sustainable eating plan change to manage health should include a diet loaded with clean foods!