8/25/11 - Nutrition: Advice in Surplus, Results Scarce
If you’re looking for nutrition tips it may not be long into your search until you’ve got the feeling that you’re drinking out of a fire hose. Yet, statistics reveal that Americans who are not clinically obese may soon be in the minority! One would think that with the apparent surplus of nutritional “knowledge” floating around that the landscape of our community would look a bit more like the cast of Survivor, than the cast of The Biggest Loser.
The inspiration for this post came when I stumbled across an article in CNN Health called “Bran, soy help cut cholesterol.” I was attracted to the link because of how backwards this type of thinking is for me. I’m no expert, but that headline doesn’t sit right with me. Here is CNN educating millions of readers that a starchy grain like bran, and soy, which is toxic to human consumption until it is processed under high heat and pressure, are healthy dietary resources.
Now, with an article like that getting the credibility of CNN, why wouldn’t someone heed their advice? Who am I to say it is hogwash? The real confusion lies in the fact that I can cite dozens of scholarly works that both support and refute this claim.
I know I wouldn’t consume soy or bran, at least not with the understanding that I am doing my body any good. I wouldn’t offer either as a quality food choice for others either, yet CNN says otherwise.
My point isn’t about who is right or wrong. My point is that each of us need to have some sort of standard by which we evaluate bits of information like this, or we may fall for any information that comes our way. Trust me– there’s tons of it floating around.
What are your nutritional beliefs? Do know you why you believe what you do?
My point is: I think you may need to know the answer these questions before you start clipping Health and Wellness articles out of your newspaper.
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