by Glenice Lilje
Clean Eating: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Making daily decisions pertaining to our eating habits can get a little over bearing at times. I have seen and started arguments over what to have for dinner. Advice on what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat are interjected into our social media feeds as ads or commercials on TV. Unfortunately, many claims aren’t always backed up by good-quality evidence and marketing isn’t always honest. Just because something is labelled as “natural” doesn’t always mean it is necessarily healthier or better for you.
With all the information available to us, it is difficult to distinguish between accurate nutritional guidance and what wellness warriors declare to be true. We all have different metabolic responses so most guidelines and recommendations will not work for all of us. Unfortunately, the science behind food nutrition is still fairly new, with it only becoming serious in most countries in the 1970’s. In any case, we should seek the advice of our medical professionals and it probably wouldn’t hurt to unlearn some of the myths that have misled us for far too long.
Below are a few examples of videos and documentaries available to view from our eResources collection. Simply follow the links, or visit Kanopy for other informative videos on a multitude of topics. Off campus access does require your BCIT email address and password to log in.
Kiss The Ground Film Platform 2020.
Also on Netflix!
“A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.” (AVON)
The Truth About Boosting Your Immune System BBC Worldwide, 2021
“Discover the human body’s most extraordinary structure: the immune system. Using groundbreaking science, this show reveals myths and key questions about our very own secret weapon A complex fighting system powered by blood and lymph keeps us all alive. But how does it actually work? And can we improve it? It’s time to find out. In this perfectly-timed special, experts in the field reveal not only the basics of the immune system but fascinating new science – from why a massage can help your immune system to the previously misunderstood role of the gut.” (AVON)
Clean Eating: The Dirty Truth BBC Worldwide, 2017.
“Imagine if the food you choose to eat could ‘clean’ your body and make you feel healthier. This film separates fact from pseudo-scientific fiction to unravel the diet conspiracy gripping the west: clean eating. Meet the biggest names behind this phenomena – people whose philosophies about food have influenced a generation, redefining what we think about the food we eat. In the world of clean eating, not everything is as it seems. Rather than improving physical and psychological well-being, is it actually doing the opposite?” (AVON)
Food, Nutrition and Good Health Ronald C. Meyer, 2018.
“Nutrition has become the most challenging and exciting of all the sciences in the 21st century. It holds out the promise of transforming the world of food into one of good health and vigor for people throughout the lifetime. Food, Nutrition and Good Health traces the dramatic shift in people’s relationship to food and good health. The program begins with the early discovery of the macronutrients needed by everybody on a daily basis including, carbohydrates, fats and protein. It moves on to the creation and basic tenants of the food pyramid, followed by the now “personalized nutrition” era which allows people to tailor a healthy diet based on genetics, age, activity level, ethnic group, social and economic conditions.” (AVON)