Many of my patients complained that dietitians went backwards and forwards on themselves. Fat is bad! Fat is great! Carbs are bad! Fruit is bad! I understand what they are saying- if you look at nutrition headlines they certainly can’t make up their minds, but dietitians rarely have to waffle. This is because we have been trained to read the research and assess it. If the setup of a study isn’t sound, we won’t even look at the results and conclusion. We know they are at best unfounded, and at worst fabricated. The problem comes in when people don’t know how to read the research, they just look at the results, and then they spread it on their blogs and newspapers. This infographic shows you where things can go wrong for people who write *sciencey things based on “evidence”. (*sciencey: looks like science because it uses studies and big words, but it doesn’t have a lick of truth.)
If the print it too small, you can download a larger pdf version here.
So what’s a health nut to do? Follow the people who won’t be tossed by the waves of sensationalized headlines. These are people in the field who know how to spot a shoddy research paper, and know how to properly handle a good one. To give you some good ones to follow…
Abbey Sharp. She. is. hilarious. And she knows her stuff. One of my faves.
Dr. Megan Rossi. She is a new find for me. She is solid and clear and definitely worth following.
Hazel wallace. Brainy and stylish. And can I say a huge YAY for doctors who champion nutrition?!
The Rooted Project. Their talks are fantastic. They love to make nutrition science understandable and relevant. If you can’t get to London, I think you can find recordings on their FB page.
Platebased pixie. She’s cranky, but in a good way
Kate Scarlata. She is the FODMAP go-to. If you have IBS or SIBO, her newsletter is a must.