Who wins from a balanced diet?

Are you looking after your health and eating a “balanced diet”? How can you be sure that your diet is balanced?

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend the number of ‘standard serves’ we should consume from the five core food groups each day, for a nutritious and balanced diet

Nutrition Australia

Personally, I think that “balanced diet” is an absurd term used to manipulate you towards certain desired behaviours.

Eating a balanced diet just means that you choose foods in the right amounts from each of the food groups.

Women’s and Children’s Health Network

One of the best definitions that I found is:

“A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. “

Healthline

Basically, a “balanced diet” can be anything you want it to be. All organisations will tell you that your diet will be “balanced” if you follow their prescription. Any other diet will not be “balanced” and thus will be unhealthy.

I recommend that you recognise “balanced diet” as a marketing term and then appropriately ignore it. Yes, I know it is hard to.

Yes, you should eat in accordance with the nutritional needs of your body. Unfortunately, current advice from government and industry is almost the exact opposite.

  • The only complete source of all of the nutrients that the human body needs is appropriately raised animals.
  • The body has absolutely no need for consumed carbohydrates of any form.

Going by the other common marketing term: “food pyramid”, you would think that you need only eat grains and grain-based products. Guess who came up with this marketing idea? The US Dept of Agriculture.

What should you eat, if not a “balanced diet”? You should eat a “nutritionally complete” diet. Simple logic and science will tell you, that if you were to eat in a “nutritionally complete” manner, then you would mostly eat unprocessed animal products and few, if any, processed foods at all.

So why are you not given this advice? The reasons are many and complex and not at all about your health, including:

  • Commercial influences – grains and seed based products are cheap to produce (and often subsidised) and can thus be sold with a large profit margin.
  • Commercial influences – “food” that does not rot – “food” that can be put in a box on a shelf and keep for years – “food” that can be easily shipped all over the country or the world – is a much simpler product (= more profitable) to handle than perishable real foods.
  • Religious influences – much of government policy is heavily influenced by religious beliefs. A bias against meat consumption is evident in many influential religions.
  • Animal rights groups (though often supported directly and indirectly by religious groups) push an agenda where it is inhumane = “un-human” to eat animal products.
  • Environmental groups who make the case that animals destroy the environment – and we are better off turning to planet into broad-acre mono-cropped deserts. (Ok, so I added that second part – my bad).
  • A controversial one – what would be the impact on the health and pharmaceutical industries if 90% of the reasons to see your doctor disappeared?

I am firmly of the belief that each person should have a right to free-choice. You should be able to choose to avoid animal products for religious, ethical, environment, or any other reasons.

You should not be lied to about nutrition in order to influence your behaviour surreptitiously.

Who wins from a balanced diet? Not you.