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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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I’m a registered dietitian with a passion for peanut butter sandwiches and an undying love for chocolate. I’ve been researching, writing, and speaking about eating for optimal health for over 25 years. I have two wonderful daughters, love hiking year-round, and playing hockey in the winter. Perhaps, most importantly, I never let a good dance song go to waste!

Comments:

  • January 7, 2013
    Greg

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

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  • January 7, 2013
    Greg

    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?

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  • January 8, 2013
    Julie Mix

    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

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