Nutrition info: How do you know what’s true?

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Hi lovely people! Do you ever get confused about nutrition? I know I do! It’s easy to find nutrition information on the internet – but how do you know what is actually true information, when there’s so much marketing and misinformation out there? For example, many registered dietitian and nutrition programs STILL teach that ‘good nutrition’ is having lean meats, eggs and dairy every day – which, if you have read The China Study or watched Forks Over Knives, you know this is simply NOT true.

As a biology undergraduate student who’s extremely passionate about plant based nutrition and wellness, it pisses me off that there is so much wrong nutrition information out there. I have researched multiple graduate degrees in nutrition, but have a hard time choosing one because I want one that aligns with my truth of plant based veganism.

My point here is this: take every piece of nutritional advice or information with a grain of salt! Do your OWN research using academic research articles and use critical thinking and discernment to determine what is true. It’s also essential to be aware of corporate influences on research. Research studies have to be funded by someone, since they usually require a lot of money to carry out, and often times that ‘someone’ is a big corporation such as the dairy industry or the national beef council. Be a knowledgeable, conscious consumer and stay aware of these things. This also applies to nutritional advice you read from other peoples’ blogs or Instagrams (including mine)! I have learned a great deal about nutrition and holistic wellbeing because of my fascination with achieving optimal health, but am not (yet 😉 ) certified in Nutrition. My number one check is always: are they properly educated in nutrition? Do I trust the education this person has about nutrition? If not, be discerning about what they say/post and do not assume everything they say is sound advice. This rule can be applied to any type of professional whose information or advice you are considering: are they educated and knowledgeable? Do they have experience in this field and know what they’re talking about? If not, seek other, more reliable resources.

The one thing all nutrition experts agree on is that more vegetables is definitely good for everyone. Not surprising – veggies contain a high amount of fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants and are low in calories! Across the board, loading up on veggies, fruits, legumes and whole plant foods will do your body right.

Becoming more conscious consumers is our responsibility, and knowledge is the first step to doing that. Do your background research and read up on scientifically grounded nutrition so you can tell what is and isn’t good advice. Check out this thorough and well-researched article (by scientific researchers and educators!) for more information.

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