It seems like every time I go online I see a story declaring that fat is bad (or good), cholesterol in foods is dangerous (or harmless), meat is wonderful (or terrible), butter is back (or not), or, yes, salt is to be shunned (or embraced).
Sound familiar? Online and on TV, we are bombarded by nutritional news that often seems contradictory and downright confusing. It's almost enough to make us throw up our hands and say, "If only the scientists could agree!"
Well, the good news is that the scientists can agree. In November I attended a nutrition conference in Boston sponsored by Oldways, a non-profit that promotes healthy eating through science and heritage. A who's who of the nutritional world presented studies at the event in support of particular dietary patterns. They didn't always agree, but at the end of the event the scientists came to a consensus: eat more fruits and veggies, reduce red meat consumption, skip sugary beverages, consume more whole grains, eat mostly unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and cut out junk food, among other things. Read the 11-point consensus here.
Am I right? We've heard this all before. What about meat and butter and that one study that said kale was bad? Those are the fun, sexy, juicy stories that make us all want to click.
But, the truth is, even though it seems like the science changes on a daily basis, in nutrition there is more that the experts agree on than they don't. And, sadly, it isn't usually the stuff of click-bait.
To help us all navigate nutrition news stories, including those with the jaw-dropping headlines, Kelly Toups, a registered dietitian at Oldways, offers these tips:
So continue to click on the nutrition news stories you see. I know I will. Hopefully they will inspire us to eat better. But, don't forget to take them with a grain of salt...and a big serving of vegetables.
For more up-to-date nutrition news you can trust, check out Parents' Scoop on Food blog.