I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how everybody seems to have the right answers when it comes to nutrition. And they are usually quite adamant about how right they are and how everybody else doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about.
Me, I’ve taken a nutrition class or two and I’ve been to a few nutritional counselors, so I am by no means an expert. I am, however, pretty well-versed in different nutritional theories and practices and I definitely have an insatiable interest in learning more about the topic. What I’m trying to find are the common threads (post coming soon about what I’ve discovered, get excited) that seem to be universally recommended, because I’ve come to realize there is no universally agreed upon diet recommendation. There are so many conflicting options and misinformation out there between nutritionists, health organizations, doctors and specialists that it makes the average consumer have to hunt through that information to find a trustworthy source. And really, it shouldn’t be this difficult. One of my personal goals is to sift through this mess and figure out what really works and what doesn’t (and to share it with others via this blog, or perhaps some bigger publication some day.)
One example of aforementioned mess:
There’s this, (and it’s follow-up) which argues in favor of a Paleo diet (meat/eggs/fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts). “Guess what rots in the colon? Grains, vegetable fiber, and beans. Our bodies lack the enzymes to break these down”
versus this, which is quite directly opposite of the recommendation above. “Nutritionists advise including both lean protein and fiber in your morning meal, such as whole-grain unsweetened or low-sugar cereal mixed with non-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, or soy milk and topped with fresh fruit.”
While the first argument is coming from a source that caters to weight lifters and athletes, it is just one example of a pointed argument for or against a way of eating that dismisses all others as useless. In the same way, sources that cater to the average person constantly call out different foods for their new-found health risks (or benefits).
Like politics and religion, are diets becoming a taboo topic guaranteed to spark a heated debate?