Keep It Simple…But Not TOO Simple

The traditional approach in nutrition research and dietary counseling has been reductionist….vitamins, minerals, nutrients. However, it can be challenging to translate new knowledge generated from a reductionist paradigm in the real-world in which we eat snacks, meals….FOOD! This reality is demonstrated clearly in how, at different periods in time, dietary fat and sugar have been either heralded or demonized.

In a recent article at Undark, a number of nutrition experts weigh in on the historical consequences of oversimplifying nutrition and dietary recommendations, and the importance of acknowledging the inherent complexity of our diets. While there are some who advocate for a precision or personalized medicine approach to eating, until that potential is realized (…if it ever is…), the suggestion to “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” remains sage advice.

GB

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s