Why Everything We Think We Know About Nutrition Seems To Be Wrong | First We Feast

Why Everything We Think We Know About Nutrition Seems To Be Wrong

There’s been an onslaught of nutrition and diet studies, but are they completely bogus?

Written by Janaki Jitchotvisut | May 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm | 6 Comments

Photos: Flickr/USDA, Flickr/Lotzman Katzman

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee made headlines in February when it announced its conclusion that the cholesterol we consume in food plays a relatively insignificant role in our blood cholesterol levels. That was—and is—a huge deal, because it reverses things our society has regarded as basic facts for decades.

With this huge reversal, as well as new nutritional studies coming out every week that seem to contradict each other, it’s natural to wonder if we really know anything about nutrition at all.

Dr. David Allison of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health is extremely skeptical of nutritional advice from all sources. He recently spoke to the Washington Post about several reasons why so many things we think we know seem to be wrong.

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