Critical Thinking Too

Debbie’s cute grandkids. Mary’s hilarious jokes. Mary Beth’s handsome dogs. A new baby. A vacation vista. A high school graduation. A great pair of heels. A wedding…all the positive pictures and stories we love to we see in our social media.

David Rand, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Economics, Yale said, “most people browse Twitter and Facebook to unwind…” We connect to people we don’t often see and celebrate with them or offer sympathy as the situation warrants.

Dr. Rand’s quote ends with, “hardly the mindset you want to adopt when engaging in cognitively demanding tasks.”

The irony of writing about social media and being a discriminating reader while posting on Facebook is not lost on me, but here’s the point. Our faith in non-experts giving health (and nutrition) advice is concerning and causing more problems, potentially serious ones, than it’s solving.

Elaine asks, “What’s your source material?” But Elaine is an engineer, so, of course she’d say that. For the “general” social media reader, I’d suggest, don’t follow any advice for your health without understanding the educational qualifications of the author. And his/her motivation!

For my Minute readers, my suggestion is to ask yourself two questions:

  • does that sound reasonable?
  • does this new information fit into what I already know?

What Minute-eers know is that a variety of food is good, plants are great, don’t overeat, don’t exclude foods/food groups and move more. Well, inheriting great genes is helpful too, but beyond our discussion.

Please don’t follow random, untested nutrition advice if you want to be well,


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