Scepticism, nutrition guidelines, research, food trends, and controversies
Published: June 19, 2020
We all eat and have opinions about food and what is good for us, and what is not.
For many of us these opinions are the result of personal experiences with food based on social, cultural, spiritual, and economic factors.
While we often share our opinions with family and friends more and more people are now sharing their opinions of healthy food on social media where they become incorporated into the melting pot of nutrition advice.
Often the voices of the least well informed overcome the voices of the well informed. The notion that nutrition advice be supported by scientifically investigated evidence is supplanted by personal beliefs.
It is often the way in which research is presented that may lead you, the consumer, to receive the message as truth.
Think about TV talk shows that are hosted by “doctors”.
As it turns out less than 50% of the recommendations made on these show provide sufficient information about the benefits of the product or the size of the effects of those benefits.
Of the evidence that is provided very little is not contradicted by the best available evidence and conflicts of interest are seldom discussed.
The same can be said for diet and “healthy” eating books. Some books provide facts to support the rationale behind the diet, but often these facts come from research which has been poorly interpreted and the end result is half-truths or worse.
However, people are often sceptical of, and/or reluctant to accept healthy eating recommendations coming from government health authorities.
This is not totally surprising as nutrition and health research sometimes reveals contradictory findings.
In addition, some scientists working on the fringe of nutrition thinking, and in some cases funded by pharmaceutical companies, present skewed evidence that appears to be contrary to current nutrition recommendations
Technological improvements, nutrition interventions, and increased nutrition research with larger numbers of diverse population groups provides us with greater insights into the action of nutrients in our bodies, and the benefits or otherwise of various foods.
Hence foods or nutrients that were once highly recommended suddenly appear...follow the link to the full article.