The Fads won’t last

James Hamblin, “New Nutrition Study Changes Nothing”, The Atlantic, September 1, 2017

Confusing? Not really

If you’ve ever been on the internet, you’ve noticed that some things are popular, and other things aren’t. The popular ones have something in common. It’s not quality, or importance, or accuracy, but novelty.

The effect of all this, day after day, year after year, is a perception that all kinds of contradictory evidence is coming up every day—and that each bit is roughly equally valid.

Of course, it’s not. Eating in ways that are good for our bodies isn’t conceptually complicated. It’s complicated by money and time and access—but eating based on scientific findings is not. Though recently you might have heard otherwise. There is new news about dietary health, and that news is more important than the typical weekly nutrition news.


Through the WI Lens

There are so many nutrition fads promoted in an endless quest to upend conventional wisdom that it’s easy to get lost when trying to understand what healthy eating is. The reason is this: when measuring diet, lifelong randomized, controlled trials are virtually impossible. The MD / senior editor of The Atlantic sets the record straight by making a simple but potent point: the science of healthy eating appears confusing, but in reality it is not. Study after study have led to a general and basic agreement among scientists and researchers: diverse, naturally high-fiber, minimally processed foods and mostly plants is what we need. Eating fat is important, but like other types of macronutrients it is “good in moderation, bad in scarcity and probably bad in overexposure”. Our take is this: the restaurants and resorts that adopt and promote menus exclusively based on fads and / or fashion (like “vegan restaurants taking over America” according to a recent article), won’t last.

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