I think everyone has complained at some point about how confused they are about nutrition. Including me! But I realized that the cause of confusion largely stems from reading about nutrition articles in the general media. This piece says one thing, that one says the opposite. Right?? Some news outlets are getting better and taking the time to construct a story that is balanced and provides an in-depth view at the topic being explored. But if you rely only on headlines or just read the first and last sentences of an article, you’ll likely throw up your hands and start bingeing on potato chips.
My work as a dietitian allows me to see patients who tell me exactly what confuses them. I hear and answer their toughest questions. Working also as a health writer at a research institution allows me to study those tough questions in depth, relying only on unbiased research (as much as that is possible, meaning not industry-funded or with other special interests) with high-quality studies. Although this path is a lot harder and longer than just reading a summary clip from the New York Times, I emerge with a pretty clear, reasonable answer. Nutrition isn’t that confusing if you have time to research it. I’m not saying I have answers to all nutrition questions, because sometimes the answer is that we don’t know yet. But at least I can say “I don’t know” with confidence!
In this section, I’ll post about trending topics, sharing as much information as I have access to so far. I welcome differing points of view in the comments section 🗣