Have you ever thought about all the nutrition advice you see in magazines or on television on a daily basis?
Some say you should eat low carb, some say you should eat paleo others say that raw food is the best type of diet and others say that a diet high in fat and low in carbs is the best. If you were to follow all the advice given you would end up only being able to consume water and maybe some organic salad leaves, but then of course the salad has to be homegrown and the water has to be clear of any chemicals and have lots of minerals.
It is a jungle of nutrition information and hard to know what is true or what advice to follow. My best advice when hearing or reading about nutrition advice is to Be critical.
When you read about nutrition advice or the latest trend or you hear someone talking about a certain diet and why that diet is the best and will make you live forever think about who is giving the advice and why?
Most often people giving nutrition advice and are on TV or have written a trendy article also have a book to sell. They want to sell their book with their way of eating and so that is the advice they will give.
The fact is that you can pretty much find a source to back up any nutrition claim you have. It is MUCH HARDER to prove that the person is wrong and is giving wrong nutrition advice than it is to just find any source to back up what you believe.
Even when it comes to scientific articles and research you need to be wary. Because research is done on the diets/nutrition that will bring in money. Often research can be sponsored by a company and is then biased research as the company selling the product wants a nutrition fact or statement that is align with what they are selling.
For example Coca cola which funds alot of research within exercise as well as sponsors different exercise events to try to put focus on exercise is healthy and take away from the fact that they are selling bottled sugar. Also many of the studies and research that Coca Cola has funded has shown that “sugar is not bad and that exercise is the most important when it comes to health and weightloss”, when infact most other studies show that too much sugar and a bad diet is what leads to illness and weight gain and that while exercise is important it is not the most important and has very little effect on whether a person loses weight or not. You can read more about it HERE
So even if scientific research should be unbiased that is not always the case. So it is important to look at who wrote the article/conducted the study, why they conducted the study and if there are any companies sponsoring the research. Of course most normal people don’t do this type of extra critical thinking, instead they will read a summary of the important parts of the new research which some daily magazine has written and never mentioned that the research was funded by a certain brand or company.
There is alot of fake and bad nutrition advice being spread through social media and even in magazines and TV. It is so important to be critical and not just spread nutrition information without knowing where it actually came from. Just because someone has done a 6 week PT training course doesn’t mean that the nutrition advice they give is accurate, or just because someone has 1 million followers on instagram doesn’t mean they can give the correct nutrition advice. I mean even registered dietitians might make mistakes and nutrition advice is individual and can be trial and error.
Even be critical of the advice i give. However i would like to think i am rather unbiased. Because sure i am vegan and that is the diet that i think works best for ME, but i know that a plant based diet isn’t for everyone and i will take that into consideration when giving nutrition advice to people. I also don’t believe that a plant based diet is healthiest for everyone, even if i believe that it is ethically the right choice to make, it definitely isn’t always healthiest and it is important to keep those in mind. Not to mention that what is healthy for one person isn’t necessarily healthy for another.
So next time you read or hear nutrition advice, be critical of the source. Google the information and see who else gives the advice, is there any scientific study or evidence that backs up the claim, not to mention question why the person is giving the advice and whether the advice is individual or meant for everyone and whether the advice is “This worked for me and will work for everyone else”… because those type of claims are not ok to make. It’s ok to say that a form of nutrition or way of eating has worked for YOU but it is not ok to then tell everyone else to do the same thing.
I hope this helps you all and is a little reminder to be wary and critical of nutrition advice you read/hear/see, but also other information! Sometimes getting an extra opinion or fact checking can help to see what advice is true or false!