DailyDirt: Diet Myths
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The general public knowledge when it comes to diet and nutrition is an absolute mess, and it's no surprise given the number of mixed messages, bad scientific studies, deceptive marketing slogans and pseudoscientific quacks out there making noise. Even in the true scientific community (once you find it underneath the sensationalist journalism), there are a lot of unanswered questions about fueling a human body. One of the most notable things about the world of nutritional science is how fast myths are adopted and how frequently the common wisdom is genuinely overturned — here are just a few recent examples:
- More and more studies are suggesting that the number of calories you eat isn't as important as where they come from. People have been calorie-counting for years, and it rarely achieves long-term results. [url]
- Our fear of fats might be somewhat overblown, too. The original study that linked fat to heart disease (and many others that followed) had some serious flaws, and since a lot of fat gets replaced with carbs in the average diet, people may actually be worse off. [url]
- A researcher who found key evidence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity has done another more rigorous study that yielded opposite results. It's going to be hard to stop the multi-gazillion dollar industry that's formed around gluten sensitivity — expect further studies to provide more mixed results. [url]
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