Have you ever made a decision to start eating healthier (for the 273rd time, usually as a part of a New Year resolution or an approaching holiday) only to find out that the definition of healthy differs depending on who you ask? Have you sighed in despair after seeing yet another “sensational” headline stating that something that we all thought was a healthy food is actually extremely dangerous for you or vice versa?
I became interested in nutrition a few years ago and was surprised (to say the least) at the amount of confusing and contradicting information regarding food. Somehow I thought that establishing whether a certain food is good or bad for you was just a case of running a study and publishing a yes or no result. The reality is much more complex than that. There are zillions of studies all around the world measuring different effects of foods and we still don’t have a yes or no answer for many of them. There are lots of “yes, but….” and “no, unless…” but mostly it’s “we’re not sure” and “further research is required”.
Popular articles on the internet tend to choose one side of the story and blow it up. It goes from “this food is poison” to “it heals everything” and often about the same ingredient.
So how do we go about eating healthier? What does it really mean?
I have decided to try and look and different foods and macronutrients and do my own unbiased and objective research using the primary source. I use my scientific background in neuroscience and critical eye to look at the studies and assess their methodology, group size, possible limitations, magnitude of the effect and other criteria to hopefully extract some reliable information on nutrition and healthy diet. I invite you to join me in this quest and I welcome any additions, corrections or critique of the information provided in order to continually improve the blog.