Sorting Through Nutrition Information
There is a lot of information on nutrition that can be found in books, social media, print media as well as on the radio and television. How do you make sense of this information? Here are some tips.
- Realize that just because it is found on social media, in print or other media sources does not mean it is accurate information. One option is to look for scientific consensus.
- Watch out for dramatic claims based on a single study.
- Personal success stories can be inspiring, but one person’s experience is not science.
- Focus on a single food rather than eating a broad array of foods and overall eating patterns.
- Debates about which diet is better, low-fat or high-fat, low- carbohydrate or high-carbohydrate.
- It sounds too good to be true. For example lose 20 pounds in one month. Or this is the best diet available.
No one study will change everything. Researchers look at what has been learned in a new study in light of all the other research that came before it.