There is a lot of controversy in nutrition and it often seems like people can’t agree on anything, but there are a few exceptions to this.
1. Added Sugar is a Disaster
We all know that added sugar is bad. Some think sugar is a simple matter of “empty” calories, while others believe it to cause diseases that kill millions of people each year. It is definitely true that added sugar contains empty calories.There are other, much more serious dangers of sugar that are now reaching mainstream attention.
2. There is no Perfect Diet For Everyone
We are all unique… and subtle differences in genetics, body type, culture and environment can affect which type of diet we should eat. Some people do best on a low-cdiet arb while others may do fine on a vegetarian high-crab diet. The fact is, what works for one person may not work for the next.
To figure out what you should do, a little self experimentation may be needed. Try a few different things until you find something that you enjoy and that you think you can stick to. Different strokes for different folks. The best diet for YOU is the one you get results with and that you can stick to in the long term.
3. Eating Vegetables Will Improve Your Health
Vegetables are good for you.
They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and an endless variety of trace nutrients that science has just begun to uncover. In observational studies, eating vegetables is associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease.
4. It is Critical to Avoid a Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is a unique vitamin. It actually functions as a steroid hormone in the body. The skin makes Vitamin D when it is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. This is how we got most of our daily requirement throughout evolution.
However, today a large part of the world is deficient in this critical nutrient. In many places, the sun simply isn’t available throughout most of the year. Even where there is sun, people tend to stay inside a lot and use sunscreen when they go out, but sunscreen effectively blocks Vitamin D generation in the skin.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to get enough Vitamin D from the diet. If getting more sun is not an option; taking a Vitamin D3 supplement or a tablespoon of cod fish liver oil each day is the best way to prevent/reverse a deficiency.
5. Supplements Can Never Fully Replace Real Foods
“Nutritionism” is the idea that foods are nothing more than the sum of their individual nutrients. It is a trap that many nutrition enthusiasts tend to fall into BUT it’s simply not true.The vitamins and minerals, the ones you can also get from a cheap multivitamin, are just a small part of the total amount of nutrients in foods.Therefore, supplements… at least the supplements we have today, are NOT able to replace the nutrients you get from real foods.Now I will admit that supplements can be beneficial, especially for nutrients that are generally lacking in the diet like Vitamin D and Magnesium.
But no amount of supplements will ever make up for a bad diet. Not a chance.