When it comes to obtaining a healthy diet, there are various studies that have caused a divide in society. There are experts that suggest adding more fruits and vegetables to a person's diet is a good way to help maintain a healthy weight. Others suggest alternative options such as juicing, shakes, detox tea that could also help a person shed a few pounds and have a healthy diet.
The Union Ministry of Health shared a diagram on their Twitter account that tried to show what type of foods are best to eat in order to live a healthy lifestyle. However, the drawing did the complete opposite and has drawn a severe backlash.
Helpful Tweet Gone Wrong
The tweet showed a picture of two body types, one was of a woman's body with wider hips and a bigger frame, while the other was of a woman with a smaller frame. The heavier framed body showed foods that consisted of burgers, soda, fries, candy, ice cream, and eggs. The smaller framed body, on the other hand, had foods in it that ranged from every type of fruit and vegetable.
The caption of the picture stated, "Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life, choose wisely." While the picture may have been used to try and promote tips for eating a healthier level, it received harsh criticisms from various users on Twitter.
Many felt that the picture was "offensive" and "body shamed" people who do consume meat and eggs.
The picture was quickly deleted from the Ministry of Health's social media page.
Fact vs. Nutrition
While the Ministry's tweet seemed to ruffle a few feathers of users across the board, it also prompted others to question the ministries' knowledge of nutritional facts.
In the picture, it showed that people who consume eggs and cheese are considered "unhealthy." However, studies have shown that eggs contain a very high quality of protein. The yolk in an egg as well as the egg white, is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, while the yolk itself contains essential fatty acids.
In regards to cheese, the dairy product contains calcium as well vitamin B12 and zinc. Cheese also contains a source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which is a fat that has anti-cancer effects, according to a study done at the University of California.