THE UGLY

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The Ok­i­nawans in Japan en­joy a tra­di­tional diet of rice, sweet potato and soy.

Re­searchers are look­ing into the use of lectins to tar­get spe­cific can­cers. ‘How­ever, my big­gest reser­va­tion comes with the whole mar­ket­ing con­cept be­hind the diet,' says Nathalie. ‘Dr Gundry's book and web­site out­line the prob­lem, then at the same time sell ev­ery­thing you need to fol­low his plans: he has a long list of rec­om­mended food and equip­ment on his web­site that links to af­fil­i­ate sites where he makes money when­ever some­one buys a prod­uct he rec­om­mends. He even has the Gundry VIP Club, where fol­low­ers of his diet can get the “best deals” on the prod­ucts he rec­om­mends.'

In South Africa, health pro­fes­sion­als are not al­lowed to en­dorse prod­ucts; this is con­sid­ered un­eth­i­cal prac­tice. What's more, Nathalie points out that sev­eral of the foods on Dr Gundry's Yes List are poor choices for the en­vi­ron­ment. ‘For ex­am­ple, Alaskan salmon and lob­ster are not sus­tain­able choices – in fact, lob­ster is on our SASSI red list. He also spec­i­fies that the but­ter and some of the cheese must be French or Ital­ian, mean­ing that the car­bon foot­print is un­nec­es­sar­ily large. Some of the other choices are sim­ply not avail­able to the av­er­age per­son.'

Both Nathalie and Abby be­lieve that there is no one-size-fits-all diet. ‘A good eat­ing plan in­cludes a va­ri­ety of foods (in­clud­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles) and ex­er­cise. Most im­por­tantly, it doesn't in­clude re­stric­tions,' says Abby. ‘If you're wor­ried about an au­toim­mune dis­ease or food al­lergy, speak to a pro­fes­sional who can guide you,' em­pha­sises Nathalie.

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