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Why Medical Advice Seems to Change So Frequently | The Incidental Economist

The Incidental Economist is run by physicians, and, thus, I frequently disagree with their self-serving analyses that often give doctors the benefit of the doubt. This column, however, is quite good…and honest. This paragraph about the garbage that masquerades as nutrition research is particularly good. Don’t believe everything you read; most of it is dreck designed to sell a product or advance an agenda. And neither of those things are wrong, as long as there is transparency and integrity in the communication. Absent those two things, it’s just a sales pitch dressed up to be serious. Putting Britney Spears in a lab coat doesn’t make her smart.

Read this to whet your appetite for an essay that I’ll be writing for The Russells, the CrossFit blog, in January. It’ll be a helluva Happy New Year to our “friends” in the nutrition industry.

But nowhere is this recommendation whiplash more disorienting than in nutrition. Recommendations pushing low-fat diets may have led to an increase in carbohydrate consumption, which many experts now believe may have made the obesity epidemic worse. Coffee was considered a potential carcinogen, until overwhelming evidence led to its recognition as part of a healthy diet. You were told you should never miss breakfast, you should drink more water and you should use natural sweeteners like honey. Except none of those things are well supported by science.

Source: Why Medical Advice Seems to Change So Frequently | The Incidental Economist