Horizon: Clean Eating, the dirty truth - What I thought

So if you are interested in food, health, have a social media account, or are just a human, then you would have heard the phrase 'clean eating'.
According to Fitness Magazine, clean eating is defined as:

'Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about being mindful of the food's pathway between its origin and your plate. At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or "real" foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.'

So when BBC decided to make a program named 'Horizon: Clean eating, the dirty truth' it got a lot of people interested. Was it going to rubbish the idea? Or prove that it is a good way of life?

The programme focused on the diets created by Deliciously Ella, The Hemsley Sisters and Honestly Healthy.

I follow Ella myself and love her recipes. But I don't follow her recipes and diet at all. I literally just use her books to get ideas and adapt them to myself. Ella herself actually appeared on the programme and I think she portrayed herself really well. She made it clear that she follows the diet for her personal health and 

Gluten Free
Another issue they picked up on was the so called fad 'Gluten Free Diet'. Now I follow a gluten free diet for personal health reasons, not to lose weight. It is my pet hate that people think gluten free is healthier! Bill Davies promotes a 'grain free' diet, he is a cardiologist and follows a grain free, low carb diet. He claims that promoting a grain free diet has helped his clients to lose weight and rid their diabetes. Now lets remember this is based in america, and they are known to not have the best diets in the world. His overall view is that the protein in gluten does not react well with the intestinal tract and therefore humans are not built to consume grains.
Now I am not yet a qualified nutritionist but even I know that that is a load of rubbish! And as Dr Yeo said, Bill Davies has no concrete evidence that this is actually true. And he is right!! 

In Natasha Corrett's book, she follows the alkaline diet, and quotes that although Dr Robert Young has no scientific evidence, he wouldn't be able to prescribe vegetables. I found it very suspicious that she would not even give a comment for the programme. 
Now Young had to explain himself and it didn't get off to a good start...He compared humans to fish! If the fish was ill, you would change the water, aka change the vegetables. How are fish and humans even remotely similar?! 
His arguments carried on... 'If you have too much acid in your body, eating a different kind of vegetable will help to balance it out'. I' pretty sure that's part of the liver, kidney and lungs job?! They are there to keep the homoeostasis of the body (balance everything out)
All sickness and disease can be prevented by balancing the PH in the body. Now I'm sorry, if you have no evidence, I do not agree with that at all!! 
Even Dr Yeo said he has gone against everything scientifically based.I just got the impression that this guy has convinced himself that he is correct and has made millions selling this idea and books. I mean he lived in a ridiculous mansion and had acres and acres to grow his own vegetables. Apparently selling a rubbish idea is the way to becoming a millionaire. 

The BBC shared a sad story about Naima Houder-Mohammed. She was a British army officer and sadly had cancer. She was sold the idea that Robert Young's PH diet would be a cure for her cancer, so raised thousands and thousands of pounds to fly over to America to get this alkaline infusion that would apparently be the cure. Sadly she died. But Young showed no remorse for this horrible incident, simply stating that it has work for thousands of others so one person does not mean it is rubbish. 

Professor T Colin Campbell - Author of the controversial China Study. He is a bio chemist and believes that a plant based diet is the best for everyone. His evidence is all based on studies that were carried out on rats, not humans. Apparently, animal protein was the link to cancer. Even Colin himself, admitted that it is not the greatest diet to cure all of the problems in the world and he has no concrete evidence to back this up, but he still believes everyone should give up animal protein. Now we all know that this is a controversial subject which can split nutritionists everywhere. But saying that animal protein is the devil, it completely wrong. 

I agree with Yeo's view, health bloggers have a responsibility to ground their promises with proof and realise that they influence so many people! 

Love Lucy xoxo


  1. I managed to watch the programme last night and it was indeed quite interesting. The first time I came across fishbowl analogy is through Jason Vale. Basically, Jason says that if the fish is ill from eating junk and living in a 'dirty water' then you don't give her medicine, you clean the water and give her healthy things to eat, that's how she gets better. Similar for humans, to get healthier, we should eat better and avoid toxins and like that many of our symptoms are likely to improve/disappear.. Here's Jason explaining his idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8i-I0jjzoo I think Dr Robert Young was trying to say something similar?

    1. Yes quite possibly it is the same idea. I just, in my opinion, don't agree with it. I understand what they are trying to say, but the fact that they are comparing humans to fish is ridiculous. The human body is a much more complex system and should be assessed a little more in depth rather than through the ideas that Robert Young was trying to portray :)