Science-Based Nutritional Advice

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It’s all dreck. It’s a couple of dopes sitting in an apartment laughing. They’ve just read the latest Internet marketing guru’s book and they are out to make a million bucks, 67 dollars at a time. Your 67 dollars.

Why do these ploys always have Oriental names? And why do they sell a thirty-day supply when you only need three days to drop thirteen pounds? Logically – and I know that doesn’t apply in this case – if you can lose 13 pounds in three days, you can lose 130 in a month. Or be dead. But no one is selling that.

If these are the kinds of questions you ask when you’re thinking about health and nutrition, then you might be looking for something even more elusive: science-based nutritional advice. It’s rarely flashy, makes few promises, and won’t sell many books, but it works.

There are several people I follow who practice this kind of weird science. One of my favorites is Dr. David Katz from Yale. He has an impeccable CV but, more than that, works hard to funnel Slick salesmanseriously good, science-based, nutritional advice down to users who might not know or care about how soluble and insoluble fiber differ.

Another is my favorite for down-to-earth advice: The Nutrition Diva.

Dr. Weil combines nutrition and aging. If it’s your brain you wonder about, check out Dr. Daniel Amen. There’s Michael Pollan, too, who coined the phrase Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Go here for a breakdown of Pollan’s advice. All are good and all coat their advice with plenty of repeatable science.

Know that nutritional advice is often contradictory and esoteric. In most cases, this is because the one offering the advice is a salesman. This is the world of superfoods, toxic chemicals, and – good gawd! – grain. Try to ignore this stuff. Like anything having to do with health and our bodies, use solid science to sort out the truth. The folks I list above provide this. Their advice is tested and backed by the full complement of research and there is no scaremongering, no warning against foods that are dangerously toxic, and no shilling of foods that are amazingly nutritious. Just good and livable advice that anyone can use for lifetime improvement of health. Probably not far from what your grandmother told you when she pulled a carrot from her garden.


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