The nutrition world can be pretty frustrating at times. One day you read an article about how alcohol is bad and then the next day you see a special on the news all about how wine is good for your heart.
This type of conflicting nutrition messaging is extremely annoying. So why does it happen?
Is the subject of nutrition really all that hard to figure out? Or are there a bunch of crazies doing all the nutrition research?
Neither happens to be the case.
The problem is that what you read or hear about in the media is usually the latest hot topic in nutrition. The “hot headline” is likely only featuring information from 1 emerging research study, and nothing can ever be proved from one article or one study. Plus, the study may have been poorly designed, meaning the results may not even be useful!
The only really good nutrition advice/guidelines comes from research that has found consistent results over many, many years.
This type of research is abundant but you don’t hear about it often in the media. Unfortunately, it’s just not as exciting to feature.
Don’t waste your time on nutrition advice from unqualified sources! There are so many places on the web for high quality info.
Always get your nutrition information from a trusted source. I am a little bias, but Registered Dietitians (RD’s) are a great place to start. RD’s go through rigorous training to receive their credential and are especially skilled at identifying quality research.
If you don’t have access to a RD, check out the Nutrition Blog Network. This is a network of blogs written by Registered Dietitians. Within these blogs you will find healthy recipes and quality nutrition information.
Here are some other places on the web I like to use for QUALITY nutrition information:
- Mayo Clinic
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
- American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Harvard School of Public Health
- Linus Pauling Institute
Question: Do you feel frustrated by conflicting nutrition messages in the media? If yes, explain. Will any of the resources in this post help sort things out for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.
Wishing you health and happiness!
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