There are some objective truths about diet and nutrition. But most of what you read on the Internet is more like religion.
I want to appreciate when someone gets it right, I really do. But when they follow up the rightness with a healthy scoop of FAIL … well, thanks for nothing, guys.
Once upon a time we all knew the Earth was flat.
Once upon a time we all knew disease was caused by “bad humours”.
Today we all know that the way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise.
Imagine the things we’ll all know tomorrow.
Hot dog wrapped in bacon, grilled and served inside another grilled hot dog. Genius. Except for one thing …
The American Heart Association recommends that you, “Aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.” It’s in bold on their site.
Don’t they know that will kill you?
I don’t call this a paleo blog for the same reason I don’t claim to “eat paleo”: I’m not a good rule follower.
If you’ve been on the internet for more than three minutes you’ve already learned that people will argue about anything. And some people put the most energy into fighting people who almost agree with them.
I’m one of those people who almost agrees with paleo, but I’m not strict about it. Here’s why.
OMG if I eat steak I’m gonna DIE!
Or, like something like that. I guess. According to Medical News Today.
Two new studies conclude that low protein intake may hold the key to a long and healthy life, at least until old age.
How’s that? Low protein is good for a long life, until I’m actually old. Can you explain that?
Is 50° hot? Hah, I fooled you! I was talking about Celsius. That would be 122° Fahrenheit. That is hot.
But wait a second … what if I’m talking about what temperature to bake a cake? Well than that’s not nearly hot enough.
Okay, enough games. Let’s say we’re talking about a summer afternoon and it’s 30° C, which is 86° F. Is that hot?
Unless you majored in math or finance, odds are your formal education in statistics started and ended with the definitions of mean, median and mode somewhere in junior high. So it shouldn’t be surprising that most people are really bad at evaluating statistics from studies written for academic journals.
That includes the people who write the stories reporting those studies to the rest of us.
You know what’s even worse than spending six months of your life crunching statistics on human mortality? Getting your study picked up by the national press and nobody reads it because you called it “Low Protein Intake Is Associated with a Major Reduction in IGF-1, Cancer, and Overall Mortality in the 65 and Younger but Not Older Population“.