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Nutrition Advice… Who Knows What To Believe Anymore???

Are you frustrated by changing nutrition headlines and conflicting advice?  You’re definitely not alone.  Most people don’t know what to believe any more.  One headline says salt kills.  The next headline says it’s not so bad.  I don’t blame you if you want to give up!  Here are five things I think you should know:

1.  Nutrition is a relatively new science.  It’s only over the last ten to twenty years that we’ve really begun to understand how food impacts the body.  We still have lots to learn.

2.  Nutrition is a complicated science.  You don’t eat just one food in isolation, you eat many different foods and they all impact each other.  In addition, what you eat today may not impact your risk of disease for another ten, twenty or even fifty years down the road.  Genetics also plays a role.  Bottom line, people want easy answers to complex questions.  Sometimes there are no easy answers.

3.  Newspapers, television and the media are committed to grabbing your attention.  That’s how they get and keep their audience.  This means the story they tell may not be the most accurate or the most complete.  Good advice is based on good science and not just one study, but many.

4.  Lastly, the internet in particular is a minefield of nutrition misinformation!  Websites, bloggers, articles… it amazes me what I see!  Be wary.

5.  Most importantly, don’t give up.  Reading and learning about nutrition and healthy eating is important.  Remember that Registered Dietitians are regulated by law to give nutrition information based on science.  Lastly, here’s some nutritional wisdom that I believe will stand the test of time:

Eat whole foods, as close as possible to their natural state including plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables, 100% whole grains, beans, and nuts in small quantities.  Limit your intake of sugar, sodium and unhealthy fats.

Lessons Learned:

Nutrition is a relatively new and complicated science.  There is a tremendous amount of misinformation and miscommunication in the field.  Get your advice from people and places that are trustworthy, including Registered Dietitians and reputable research centers and health organizations.





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6 Responses to "Nutrition Advice… Who Knows What To Believe Anymore???"

  1. Reply Greg Posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Are you talking directly to me? 🙂 So, when is the new book out?

    • Reply Liz Pearson Posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      This article is written for everyone, but I do realize that what I’m saying is particularly relevant to you. 🙂
      As for my book, thanks for asking… unfortunately due to ongoing changes with my publisher (new ownership, new distributor, etc., etc.) the book won’t be out until early 2014. 🙁 So sad… I hope you can be patient and keep reading by blog until then. 🙂

  2. Reply Greg Posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    that is sad …. was looking forward to it.
    But I will keep reading here! Making fiesta soup tonight- more recipes please! Any healthy desserts for the new year?

    • Reply Liz Pearson Posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      The Fiesta Fit Soup is amazing. Let me know how you like it. I love it!!! I will be sharing a chocolate cake recipe to die for. It is only a bit healthy. I have to have at least a few sinful recipes on my website. I did say everything in moderation. 🙂

  3. Reply Julie Mix Posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I made the Fiesta Fit Soup on Sunday, and it was amazing. I thought with recipes like this I will have no problem becoming a Vegan. I had it for dinner on Sunday, for lunch on Monday and planning on dinner tonight. I liked it so much, that I went out to get more ingredients to make it again. Thank You!!!! Julie

    • Reply Liz Pearson Posted on January 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for letting me know. I love it too!

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