Food is a fertile ground for false information. 30% of the fake news circulating on the Net refer to nutrition issues, almost always around alleged "superfoods" with high-impact properties for health, and almost 57% of the population admits valid distorted information of this type, turning Spain into the European country with the highest penetration of hoaxes around health-food, the fifth worldwide.
The phenomenon, said Friday in Santiago Guadalupe Blay Cortés, responsible for Endocrinology and Nutrition of the Spanish Society of General Practitioners and Family (SEMG), is worrying both regarding the unjustified promotion of certain foods and the equally gratuitous demonization of others . And in this last group, said the specialist, highlights the growing population that, without presenting intolerance, shelves gluten or lactose in their diet, an undesirable practice, as noted by Guadalupe Blay, not without consequences. "If I'm not intolerant, I should not abandon it, because I'll end up being it," he said of the milk sugar. In the case of gluten, he warned, its elimination not justified by a real intolerance will lead to problems in the absorption of other foods. «The suppression of gluten will modify my intestinal flora, which can translate into a deficit of minerals, such as calcium or iron; every time we see more people in the consultations with anemia because it has left the gluten, "said the specialist.
Blay regretted the absence of a social culture around nutrition, betting on transversal training from the classroom. He recalled the need to maintain varied diets, monitoring two key issues: quantity and proportion, and the importance of consulting with the family doctor changes in the diet.
The specialist listed several errors around food, pointing out, for example, how the consumption of wholemeal bread is not recommended in people with anemia due to the presence of phytates that inhibit the absorption of iron, or in what way the consumption of soy beverages during hormonal therapies is associated with resistance to treatment in patients with breast cancer.
"No food has the capacity to suppose a change in health more important than what a pattern of healthy eating can do", defended Blay in the framework of the XXVI Congress of the SEMG that brings together to this Saturday three thousand congressmen and speakers in Santiago. (tagsToTranslate) risk (t) diets (t) unjustified (t) gluten (t) lactose