Lets take a quick look at what evidence based nutrition practices are. Evidence based means that there are several studies backing up the nutrition practices or guidelines. What this does not mean is drawing conclusions from a single study and applying it to the general public. Research is designed to be tested by several different parties to confirm the results. Health guidelines and recommendations should be based on several studies rather than one.
Nutrition is a relatively new science and therefore nutrition research is still new. Always be careful of anything you hear on TV or find on the internet. The media tends to take one study and exaggerate its findings, or emphasize misleading results.
The China Study is a great example of a large scale study; including 367 variables, 65 counties in China, and 6,500 adults. This is evidence based research that can be applied to a larger population. A single study containing twenty men of varying ages cannot be appropriately applied to women or any other population.
My tip to my clients is to seek out qualified sources and practitioners. The best thing you can do is schedule a session with a health care practitioner that has your best interest in mind.
Here are five sources you can trust:
Now find your team, and get to work.