ADVICE BASED ON PERSONAL ANECDOTES

ADVICE BASED ON PERSONAL ANECDOTES

‘It’s possible that a diet change really did transform their health,’ says Hobson. ‘But if all their advice is based on personal experience, that doesn’t mean it will work for you.’

BIG CLAIMS ‘It may be boring, but there’s no dietary magic bullet,’ adds Hobson. ‘For most of us, making small, manageable changes is what works in the long term.’

EXTREME RULES ‘If they’re telling you to avoid certain foods or food groups, that should set off alarm bells,’ says Hobson. ‘Demonising foods is unnecessary and unhelpful; a healthy diet is about variety and balance.’

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Coconut oilis the healthiest choice ‘It’s been celebrated as a health food so people are actively adding it to their diet,’ says Hobson. But coconut oil is high in saturated fat, in fact, it contains more than lard. Some research suggests the type of saturated fat in coconut oil is different to that found in butter and red meat; it has medium-chain triglycerides, which some early studies have found may help weight loss and reduce cardiovascular risk.

‘But this isn’t conclusive,’ says Hobson. ‘Coconut oil is fine in moderation. It’s great for stir-fries because it reaches a high cooking temperature, and there’s nothing wrong with using it for its flavour. But it shouldn’t be treated as a superfood. There’s far more research behind the nutritional benefits of olive oil, extensively studied as part of the Mediterranean diet.’

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