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Food and behaviour is a topic that affects everyone. What we eat – or what we neglect to eat – has a profound impact on our brains. In a world where mental health problems are a bigger drain on health services than heart conditions and cancer combined, what we need is more information and a bigger soapbox to shout it from.

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Bad news behind the dietary headlines

From the tone of recent media coverage you would be forgiven for thinking that the highly publicised EAT-Lancet Commission's 'flexitarian' recommendations constituted official public health dietary guidelines.

In reality, they are simply the opinions of the academic researchers involved, along with those of some of the food companies working with the EAT Foundation.

Eat-Lancet’s dietary recommendations will supposedly save the world while keeping is all super-healthy. According to several well-informed critiques that have already appeared, which explain and reference in detail the actual scientific evidence, the largely vegan/vegetarian diet recommended by the EAT-Lancet consortium would be likely to do exactly the opposite.

Calls to eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are not controversial, as there is a general consensus that these foods are seriously lacking from the typical modern, western-type diet.

But animal-derived foods (i.e. fish, meat, eggs and dairy products) are the richest sources of all essential nutrients. It therefore follows that any diet that excludes these foods (or absolutely minimises them, as the 'EAT' diet does) will make it more difficult to obtain adequate intakes.

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