I had a tiff with a TV personality about her show
A horrendously irresponsible case of journalism.
I know that being confrontational can be unattractive, so that was not my intention. But I let my emotions control my actions for a few minutes and next minute I was tweeting shame on you to a popular English television journalist.
But I couldn’t help it. I was absolutely shocked that in 2018, there was a primetime documentary called The Truth About Healthy Eating, which outright felt like a gross commissioning by the meat and dairy industry. It was hosted by Fiona Phillips, and it left me angry at her because she had chosen to put her name and face to this so-called science that was unashamedly damaging to people, animals and the planet.
Now, I understand that the world has billions of people, which means that not everyone can be in tune with the very real conversation happening about the multibillion-dollar food and pharmaceutical industries devastating life here on earth. But if you are going to stand up in front of the world to inspire it to do something, you need to be well-informed with what you’re talking about. It’s horrendously irresponsible as a journalist to advocate for something you clearly know nothing about.
But this is not a personal attack.
The show essentially challenges society’s perception of the health benefits you get from certain foods and supplements. It was absurdly biased and embarrassingly deceptive. To the point that you could plainly see the souls of the uninspiring scientists get sucked up in parts and fed to Satan’s wolfhounds every time they spoke.
There was gung-ho hogwash all throughout the show, but here’s the three ambiguous experiments I’m going to cover now that I have your attention:
THE BREAKFAST EXPERIMENT
The show tested the nutrition and energy-release levels of three breakfasts which were apparently calorie equivalent… but suspiciously not.
- Yoghurt and banana
- Boiled egg and grilled bacon
- Cereal (Weetabix)
The glucose test results were similar for all three, suggesting that energy was burnt at a similar pace. But apparently the people who didn’t eat an egg and bacon for breakfast, ate more at lunch time. So TA-DAH! B&Es wins the HEALTHY breakfast test.
A guy in a lab basically mumbled under his breath that: sure, there is research confirming bacon and processed meats are linked to cancer, but you’re more likely to be in a car accident, so eating bacon for breakfast every now and then is a-okay.
My question to the people who graduated with a science degree then filed for moral bankruptcy is: what if you tested these three delicious breakfast options?:
- Avocado, salt, pepper on rye bread
- Grilled tomato, mushroom, sweet potato and basil mix
- Frozen banana, nuts, ice and a dash of oat-milk smoothie
Look, I’m not a doctor, but maybe I should be.
THE SMOOTHIE EXPERIMENT
The show then went on to (whether it was intentional or not) give reason for viewers to question the healthiness of fruit smoothies; weirdly only covering the fact that we get less antioxidants out of blitzed fruit, and blatantly failing to address all the other nutritional benefits of consuming fruit – in liquid form or not.
The glaringly obvious problem with this is that (no offence) people are stupid. And every industry knows this. So, in suggesting that consuming fruit in smoothies is less beneficial to your health than eating it in its natural state, you’re impelling people to choose between:
- A delicious smoothie that’s tricked me into thinking it’s healthy when it’s not really (that bastard)
- A piece of fruit that’s boring and unpleasant first thing in the morning
- A plate of bacon and eggs that won THE HEALTHIEST BREAKFAST IN THE WORLD AWARD
If that’s not manipulation, I simply don’t know what is.
THE MULTIVITAMINS EXPERIMENT
In the last part of the show, the meat and dairy industry handed the reins over to their pals in the pharmaceutical industry. And I was forced into a diabolical journey to “discover” that multivitamins are a waste of money because they don’t impact our general health and wellbeing. Which, to be fair, I can’t really know if this is true or not because there are so many conflicting scholarly opinions. But if you’ve watched the epic documentary, Food Matters, you’ll see how this segment just screamed: WE’RE LETTING THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY TAKE THIS PART OF THE SHOW IN EXCHANGE FOR A WARM SPOONING SESSION AND PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY HERE AND THERE.
“Good health makes a lot sense, but it doesn’t make a lot of dollars.”*
*Smart guy on Food Matters
We’ve been brought up taking remedies and advice from an industry that gets very little money if we resort to the natural nourishment humans thrived on for millions of years (vitamins and nutrients found in NATURAL FOOD). All around the world doctors are graduating having been taught to solve everything with pills and lollies; providing an expensive cure instead of a well thought through strategy to prevention.
I want to be clear that I’m not angry with Fiona Phillips – I have no doubt she is a grand human being to interact with. In fact, I’m not even angry at all. If I got angry about everything I was passionate about I’d never get invited anywhere.
I just want to offer a piece of my mind, starting from the bottom: A BIG OBESE SHAME ON YOU to the BBC. You ruined my Thursday night.