New Zealand Society of NaturopathsTuesday 28 February 2012, 11:00AM
The NZ Society of Naturopaths agrees with many of the
recommendations made by Jane Elmslie and the team of Otago
University researchers to avoid a list of forty-nine foods for
weight loss. However the NZSN are concerned that the list and the
suggested substitutes promote a very low fat diet, and processed
foods, which can be detrimental to health.
A spokesperson for the NZSN said "While poor quality fats
definitely harm the body and are linked to obesity. High quality
fats are essential for health. Recent research has shown high
quality fats help in weight loss. They help people to feel full for
longer, and help stabilize blood sugar so people are less likely to
want to eat. In addition high quality fats are essential for nerve
health, mental health, cardiovascular health, bones and joints,
healthy skin, immunity and necessary to absorb fat soluble
vitamins". The NZ Society of Naturopaths recommend high quality
fats such as unheated cold pressed oils, avocados, raw nuts, fish
and organic sources of animal fat.
The NZSN believes organic whole milk and other organic dairy food,
are beneficial to health, and give more health benefits than low
fat milk. In the case of obesity consumption may need to be
The NZSN say honey also has to be of high quality to have health
benefits. Poor quality honey should be avoided.
Processed foods suggested as substitutes to the forty nine foods on
the list can be damaging to health. Research has shown diet soft
drinks can increase risk of cardiovascular disease and
The addition of artificial sweeteners perpetuates the desire for
sweet foods; increasing vulnerability to unwanted weight gain in
the future is of little help in a long term solution to obesity. In
addition there is some evidence to show some artificial sweeteners
may cause health problems.
The list suggests replacing sausages and salami with a low fat
version however any kind of highly processed meat of this kind has
been linked to a greater risk of cancer.
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