Breaking fads for healthier Kiwis

Breaking fads for healthier Kiwis

Food is playing an increasingly large role in our lives, and with myths floating around the internet it is important to distinguish fact from the fiction, trained dietitian and registered nutritionist Nikki Hart says in a video on the dynamics of food fads.

She says she believes that nutrition is constantly evolving, today more so than ever.

“We watch cooking shows, we ‘Pin’ our favourite food pictures, and detox after holidays. But even with all this information and discussion do you really know how to eat healthy?”


Unless you have coeliac disease or have non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, cutting gluten completely from your diet may not be the best option.

  • Nutrition values can often be far lower in gluten-free foods than foods that contain gluten.
  • Gluten-free foods will not keep you feeling full, so if you are looking for weight loss, going gluten-free may not be ideal.
  • Cutting out gluten without a proper diagnosis of intolerance can result in the inability to be tested for coeliac disease in the future.


Kiwis are familiar with the concept of eating the rainbow and 5+ a day, but squeezing these all into one liquid meal may not be as beneficial.

  • Liquid energy is not necessarily the same as solid energy, resulting in wanting to eat more later in the day.
  • Many juice recipes are loaded with more than half of an adult’s daily energy intake, meaning once it’s burnt off you end up reaching for more food to gain more energy.
  • They are not a total meal replacement.

Low carb healthy fat:

Having a wholefood emphasis makes the low carb, healthy fat eating plan look positive. However, it can lack balance and does not meet the New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines.

  • Carbohydrate is an important food group that supports our overall health. Limiting foods loaded with carbohydrates can mean you leave out important fibre, B vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Advocates of this diet say that by reducing your carbohydrate levels to ‘under 100g per day’ you reduce your insulin levels and appetite, leading to weight loss and improved blood cholesterol levels. However, the New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines do not consider it a balanced diet.
  • The low carb healthy fat lifestyle is also expensive and impractical to maintain in the long term.