It seems like sometimes there is just so much information on the internet and books when it comes to health, nutrition, and wellness. I know I feel overwhlemed sometimes at the sheer amount of information to sift through to figure out what makes sense, what is nonsense, what science seems valid, what is total BS, what new trend seems smart and worht trying, what new trend is total garbage, and on and on. Over the years, my philosophy when it comes to all things relating to food, health, and wellness has sort of summed up into a neat and tidy little concept: keep it real, and keep it simple.
I love reading the newest studies as much as anyone else (hell, probably a lot more, given my passion for research), but working in the research world taught me a few valuable lessons that have helped to guide my philosophy on nutrition and wellness:
1. Research is inherently niche focused.
Researchers have to develop grants and studies that are hyper specific to get funding and complete thier research in a reasonable amount of time. This usually means the type of sweeping conclusions we want to draw from individual studies is not possible. You can’t look at one single study on the influence of eating a high fat diet versus a typical, low fat diet on the memory outcomes in rats and draw sweeping conclusions about what this means about the impact of a high fat diet on human health. Each individual study is one tiny peice of a HUGE puzzle that is human health, and these individual studies make up hundreds of facets on these larger concepts.
2. Research has to be funded somehow, and it’s not always unbiased.