Nutritional Misinformation

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Bad information drives me crazy. It is not surprise to me that fitness and nutrition are pretty much gray lines of confusion with all of the information that is available.

When it comes to nutrition, I like to believe that I know more than the average person. I do not say this to make myself out to be captain awesome, I say this because I have taken college level nutrition classes. Even I get lost in the mountains of conflicting accessible information.

What is the average person that wants to clean their diet up supposed to think?

We have a very strange health system where physicians have taken one semester of nutrition in their schooling (when I have taken 4 and who am I?), dietitians are obese, and the media doesn’t seem to have a clue.

Supplement companies are a plague to proper lifestyle change and grocery stores are trying to promote healthy lifestyles while also selling you on their products.

I was looking in a Stop and Shop sales paper one day and I saw some interesting things in it.

     

So what this is telling me is that coconuts and avocados (both are high in fat) are not healthy choices, but a jarred pasta sauce is.

I wholeheartedly disagree with the idea being spread in the two pictures. Coconut and avocados being poor choices are based off of the notion that fat makes you fat.

In reality fat is an essential nutrient and is not responsible for making someone fat. Overeating and over consumption of processed foods are what makes people fat.

The jar of pasta sauce (besides tasting god awful) is a processed food. It is mostly made of tomatoes which is why it gets clearance as a “healthy” choice.

There are other ingredients that are going into this product as well. What about the jar of meat sauce? Now we have processed meats, sodium, and mystery ingredients going into the food. This is not what I would use as a model for good choices while dismissing coconuts and avocados.

I do not think it is the fault of the store when they are just going with the information that is out there. There have been recommendations of high carb diets (see: Food Pyramid) that have since been abolished to give an example of bad advice.

It might only take a second for information to spread but it takes a lifetime for it to die. It does not help that the government does not also know what is going on when it comes to nutrition.

When it comes to getting good nutritional information one needs to seek out qualified professionals. If the person does not look the part then I do not blame you for not trusting them.

The person should be a licensed dietitian and someone that holds a PhD in nutrition is even better. These people also do not typically promote a particular diet or supplement, but instead assist with behavioral change.

There are a few aspects of good nutrition that are almost universal, which will help you determine the quality of the source. Proper nutrition involves:

·        Plenty of fruits and vegetables

·        Minimal to no processed foods

·        Lots of lean protein

·        Actually eating enough food throughout the day

I would not trust a source that does not meet the above criteria.

One must be wary of where their information is coming from. It is always best to talk to someone that is going to give you the whole story.

Trusting just anyone that gives you plans is not a strategy for success. Try to find resources that are backed by research and not just stories.

I find misinformation to be very annoying and it is a real shame when unknowing people are blindsided by it.