One week eggs are bad, the next week eggs are good. Coffee is good! No, it’s bad! There is a lot of contradiction out there when it comes to nutrition advice, often resulting in confusion and mistrust. I will attempt to explain why there is so much mixed-messages and how we can sift through it all to find the truth.
Most of us get our information from one or more media sources. Whether you watch the news or Dr. Oz or read articles posted on Facebook, remember, their goal is to get more views and clicks. Sensationalizing the headlines sells, but is not always accurate. The media will take one small study and hype it up as if it is absolute fact. It is best to find the research article and read it yourself, the authors are usually more reserved in their analysis than the media.
Nutrition research is actually fairly new, it started at the end of the 19th century. Many foods, such as trans fats and artificial sweeteners, have only been studied for a few decades. Good evidenced-based advice takes time and numerous studies. No one study is the end-all, be-all, so be wary of “new evidence”.
Here are some red flags to look for with health claims in the media or even on products: “fast” results, eliminating whole food groups, or claims one nutrient is the answer to your health problems. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Americans spend billions on health and diet products every year. We are attracted to the promise of big results with little effort. Often we are tricked by marketing and half-truth statements.
Recognize that nutritional science is constantly evolving. Evidence over time will sometimes mean information will need to be clarified, modified or changed. However, this will not happen over night, and certainly not from one study.
Although the media makes it seem like there is a huge debate among experts there is significant agreement on diet and health. There are tried and true nutritional advice that has been unchanged for decades, the basic principles of healthful eating – eat lots of fruits and vegetables, limit sugar as much as possible, prioritize whole foods over packaged and processed foods, and cook your own food.
It is our responsibility to be informed consumers. Here is a summary of tips on how to make healthy food and nutrition choices:
As we approach the new year and start thinking about what changes or improvements we want to make, try to keep it simple – simple diet with simple ingredients – don’t overthink it – it’s just food!
Here’s a simple and healthy recipe that shouldn’t create any controversy:
144 Calories 7g Protein 5g Fat
19g Carbohydrates 3g Fiber
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