Why eating healthy is so confusing [Infographic]

9 reasons that "healthy eating" isn't as straightforward as we would like it to be.

by Dean Carlson


I get it. There seems to be so much conflicting evidence and expert opinion how what the "best way" is to eat. But a lot of time it boils down the scientific process and the nature of discovery. We use the best information we have available at the time, and when new data comes in we analyze what it means and whether we need to "pivot" on recommendations. 


Are eggs good for you, or killers? What about coconut oil? Someone told me if I eat too much broccoli I'll turn green. (Wait, I actually think that was my 12 year old trying to get out of it.)

You get the point. What was once "settled science" now has proved to be not as clear as we thought. And while that is aggravating, it is the nature of how science should work.

Isn't nutrition science just one big mess?

It can certainly seem that way. One study says one thing, one says another. 

And people who really want to do the right thing when it comes to nutrition and fitness are stuck in the middle, dazed and confused.

It's not as bad as you think

You see, science doesn't happen in a moment in time. Competing theories, the ones that make sense and the ones that don't, ALL have to be considered, studied, and tested, sometimes over hundreds of years, before we find out who the "winner" is.

Nutrition science hasn't even been around very long, in the grand scheme of things. Macronutrients (fat, protein and carbs) weren't even discovered until the mid-1800's. Vitamins? The 1900s.

And it's really been in only the last 20 years that we have had to investigate first world nutrition problems - a lot of available, tasty, and highly processed foods - and very little movement.

It will get better.

Nutrition science will mature; the scientific method is at work. 

In the meantime, take a look at this infographic that shows us 9 reasons why nutrition science can be so maddening.

And why the media (sometimes? often?) doesn't get it right.

So while it may not make you any happier, at least we have some very good reasons why nutrition science can be so confusing at times. And why listening to the media about it is not always the best tactic.

Print out or download this infographic, and next time a study comes out that makes you want to binge eat ho-ho's, pull it out as a reminder that it's not as bad as it seems. You can also share it with your friends that are feeling the same frustration, I bet they'll appreciate it.

How should I eat?

Eating better and getting more active can be overwhelming at times. At The Grateful Plate, we help make it less confusing so you are confident you are headed in the right direction.

The women and men in our coaching programs get the education, support, and guidance they need to take what can be confusing subjects and fit them more easily into their crazy lives, for a lifetime.

Coach Dean

Former Fat Boy Turned Health and Fitness Junkie. Award Winning Fitness Business Owner and Trainer. World Class Nutrition Coach. Truth Teller. Scholar. Opinionated. Humble and Willing To Tell You About It. Tell Dean He Is Full Of It On Any Of His Social Media Profiles. He Will Probably Agree.

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