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Fake News

In nutrition? You bet. I see it all the time and not just in nutrition news, but in all health reporting.

I’m not certain if it’s become more prevalent or I’m just more cognizant of it now, but there’s not a day that goes by when I’m not disappointed about food and nutrition headlines. Don’t some of those over-the-top, break-through headlines grab your attention?

And that kicks off the problem. The headlines rarely match the column or article. While we can’t skip the headlines, when we see an intriguing one, let’s pledge to read the first paragraph and the last three.

The first paragraph typically sets apart the headline from the content and the last paragraphs give you real details…like the study was done in a lab, on rats and more study is needed.

Consumers earn failing grades from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s annual survey of our understanding of nutrition. That’s not surprising when our daily news sources produce fake nutrition stories.

IFIC says our top “wants” are: healthy weights, hearts and digestive tracts and more energy. But when participants are asked what they should eat to achieve those laudable goals, more than half are stumped.

Eighty percent of those surveyed commented on “conflicting advice” on what to eat. While I know the 20 percent are Nutrition Minute readers, that 80% number is shocking! Nutrition recommendations have changed so little in the last thirty years.

For healthy weight, hearts and digestive tracts, eat more plants and watch how you cook them. Don’t consume so many animal foods; watch how you prepare those.

For more energy, re-read the preceding paragraph.

Eat real food to be well,

Marcia

PS In another Minute, we’ll pick out reliable nutrition resources.

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