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8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims

Separate the Food Fact from the Fiction


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  • Some great ideas and view points
  • Really appreciate the level-headedness of this piece, particularly the advice to check Snopes before forwarding alarming for articles and taking a moment to note that "results show" is often the result of a single, short study.
  • I am not dieting I am changing my lifestyle for ever.
    So many good points.
  • Fad diets don't work because when you go off the diet, you gain the weight back. Fad diets are not sustainable.
    Also, as stated about forwarding emails, it also applies to FaceBook. Check your facts first!
    "Forget about fad diets" and yet this site has sponsors such as BMI Smart touting a "fat binder" product!?!?!?!

    Come on now people....really?!?!?!?
    Good article, does the author realize that this web site often has long winded articles featuring "Super Foods" and "Toxic foods", now and then? There seem to be a lot of young people asking questions on the message board Forums that still believe there is some big "Secret" weight loss "thing" out there, though.
  • Amen! This is good old fashion common sense-- eat more of the good stuff and less of the bad. Trying to restrict certain foods just doesn't work on its own long-term.
  • Article was ok. No Flamingkitten mines said 8.
  • TRACYM59
    Reading comments, I find it interesting that the warning about fad diets and pop-nutrition misinformation is still clutched as if they were universal truths. Exampe: the notion that there are "no healthy grains" is a recent entry into food mythology. Evidence that humans have been eating grains, including, goes far back in history, including paleolithic man. Grains contain many nutrients that are required for a healthy diet. Like many other food myths, the grains are bad mythology will become another faded memory in pop culture.
  • Did anyone else notice that the title says 10 but only 8 points are listed?
  • Some good points and some mis-information, as usual. There is no such thing as a 'healthy grain'.
  • Even health claims from the FDA shouldn't be taken too seriously. Their executives aren't nutrtionists, they're business execs who used to work for corporations like Monsanto and ConAgra and Pfizer (and still get major income from their shares of stock in said companies). I don't particularly trust them to tell me what's good for my body.

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