Confused by the latest dietary advice? Here’s why not to be | Oliver Burkeman

Far from throwing anything into doubt, new studies add weight to what you already knew

It’s been a rollercoaster few months in the world of nutrition science – which is saying something, given the wildly contradictory claims emanating from that field as a matter of course. (You know the sort of thing: will fish oil or dark chocolate or a daily glass of wine keep you healthy to 100, or drive you to an early grave?) Now, a big US study has found that low-carb diets could shorten life expectancy by up to four years. Meanwhile, there’s a crisis with PrediMed, the landmark study purporting to show that a “Mediterranean” diet – fish, nuts and vegetables, slathered in olive oil – could cut heart disease risk by a third. It turns out it wasn’t properly randomised, throwing that finding into doubt.

Is this “the end of nutrition science” as we know it, as vox.com speculated in June? And more urgently, since it’s late morning as I write this, what the hell am I supposed to have for lunch?

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Source: theguardian
Confused by the latest dietary advice? Here’s why not to be | Oliver Burkeman