The trouble is that I see there is a lot of confusion about which foods people think are healthy or not. And there is a lot of misinformation about “health foods”, because of conflicting research or marketing.
The government food guidelines are often based around a food pyramid, food groups or meal plate idea. This advice comes from various committees or organisations (Dietitians Association of Australia, Heart Foundation and others), but what you often don’t know is that profit-making and non-food-expert corporates are allowed to have their say in these dietary recommendations! These corporates such as various agricultural or food industry groups, and even supermarkets and retail groups want to have their say so they don’t lose out on profits or their share price… Most of the government food guidelines are therefore biased towards their corporate profits, and not for the benefit of your health. Hence I recommend ignoring these food guidelines, and instead basing your foods choices of qualified, independent and evidence-based experts, like me! (ok, and other Nutritionists and Naturopaths, but not Dietitians as they belong to the biased group).
In addition, because of the many changes to the way your foods are grown, processed, stored, transported and even cooked in these modern times, your once-healthy foods may not be good choices any more. For example, the amount of toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides sprayed on your (often genetically-modified) food crops, which are then exposed to various radioactive metals, or preservatives or gases to stop them rotting, stored in cold rooms for months to years, then mixed with more additives, preservatives, and artificial colourings, flavourings and sweeteners, before you finally get to eat it.
Then there’s your ethnic background and individual intolerances to foods which can affect how your food choices can affect your health. Certain ethnic cultures have historically not eaten some types of food groups, and their health is affected if they follow the “one size fits all” approach. This is another reason why the government food guidelines are not a good example to follow.
The point I am trying to make is that you should know where your food really comes from, what it is exposed to, what it contains, and what effect it has on your body and your health. Sometimes it can be hard to find these things out, but this is where I can help you! I can provide you with the best advice specific for you and your health goals, based on the latest research, and personalised to your lifestyle and food tolerances/intolerances!
To get the best of health, talk to an expert who has your health and best interests at heart. (That would be me!).