It can be challenging to know who to trust when it comes to getting smart about food and nutrition. It can feel like the rules change all the time, and that people are shouting something from the left of you that contradicts the people who are shouting from the right of you. It’s vital that you have your lexicon of trusted resources about such an important topic.
So, a short list of people you can almost always trust to a degree include doctors, trainers, and athletes. And a short list of people that you don’t want to believe are people who are just selling stuff and have no research behind their products other than economic incentives for their benefit.
When it comes to food and nutrition, doctors and researchers are going to be the ultimate resource. And even though their information might not be perfect, at least it will provide you some primary documents and some essential science. Doctors go through training to be called doctors. They have explicit knowledge about how food and nutrition affect the human body, and they can relay that to you. If you research food on government websites, that’s a good chance for you to get up-to-date if sometimes dull information.
Another category of people who you can trust about food and nutrition would be trainers. The best trainers in the world have firsthand knowledge of what food they eat and what foods they suggest to the people that their training, and then they see the results firsthand. Though it might not be quite so science-based as with doctors, trainers, like the employees at Training in the Bay, can be a little bit more realistic about what a specific individual needs to obtain a specific athletic goal.
And that idea leads you to athletes. If you see the best athletes in the world, you know that whatever they are eating has created the body that they use. Now, there is a lot of anecdotal information in the dietary suggestions of athletes, but at the very least it won’t make you sick as long as you take the appropriate precautions. Extreme athletes have extreme diets. Well-rounded athletes have well-balanced diets. Find out where you are in the mix.
People Selling Stuff
Now we get to the category of people you don’t want to trust. If you see advertisements that promise a lot of nutritional gains at a low cost or with a shallow effort on your part, make sure you check their background. Especially if a particular supplement is not regulated by the FDA, people can sell pretty much anything and promise you pretty much anything. Any shortcut or quick fix is not going to work and even has the potential to cause damage. Avoid charlatans and snake oil at all costs.