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Tuesday
Jun022015

The 5 Most Unproductive Health Messages We Inherit

The health and fitness field certainly has no shortage of conflicting opinions.

Published studies with various (and sometimes questionable) funding sources, research and development in the food and pharmaceutical industries, not to mention the endless number of bloggers, commercials, and gimmicks all play a role in the whirlwind of wellness confusion.

While it might feel more comfortable to ignore it all and resort back to long-held viewpoints, the longevity of a health message doesn’t necessarily determine its accuracy.

The power of repetition is mighty - whether it's in the media culture or around our kitchen tables. We all have familiar, standard messages that we either grew up with or we've heard so often that we've accepted them as truth.

Here are five common concepts that are surprisingly unproductive for your health. 

 

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Saturday
Aug092014

5 Facts Behind the Low Fat Fallacy

All of you reading today likely qualify as part of the “low-fat” generation. For decades, we’ve seen everything from restaurant offerings to cereal labels tout their “low fat” content as a selling point and personal reassurance that our “choice” would be a healthy one. Far from a mere marketing premise, however, the low fat message was, in fact, a larger shift in our culture’s mindset that would remake our food environment and even influence our health industry for nearly two full generations. The low fat experiment was originally set in motion with the USDA’s landmark Dietary Goals for the United States” issued by the McGovern commission in the late 1970s. In very recent years, however, the tide has been turning as more studies suggest that traditional dietary fats don’t pose the danger we’ve thought! Understandably, we might be skeptical about such a fundamental message being turned on its ear. Where did that original low-fat recommendation come from anyway – and why should we follow a far different call now? Just as we can observe the trajectory of new research findings, we can also return to the original study with a critical eye for where its assertions may have misdirected our culture’s low-fat fixation. Let me share my understanding of that initial research and offer 5 illuminating facts that can put the low-fat fallacy into proper nutritional perspective.

 

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