The journal Nature is one of the world’s top 2 scientific journals (the other being the US journal Science). In an editorial on 22 December 2005 headed A recipe for trouble it commented on the Total Wellbeing Diet in less than glowing terms. It said that some nutritionists questioned the wisdom of pushing a diet which relied heavily on meat consumption, given the health risks associated with high meat consumption. It pointed out that the diet, even though it was promoted as beneficial to everyone, in fact had only been shown to be beneficial to a certain subpopulation of overweight women. And finally, Nature states the obvious, which is that the book was funded by the meat industry, whose products feature predominantly in the diet, which of course creates the impression of a conflict of interest.
So what else did a diet book professing to present a recipe for total well-being and good health fail to tell you? – that vegetarians have significantly reduced rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, hypertension, type II diabetes and diverticular disease.
Should the CSIRO’s Total Well-being Diet be taken with a large pinch of salt?