Why do food recommendations keep changing?

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I’ve heard the same frustrations from hundreds of people:

“First they said eggs were good, then they were bad, now they’re good again, so which is it?”

“I heard fat was bad, now they say it’s good, is that true?”

“I’ve been told to avoid fat and meat and focus on grains my whole life, now they say that’s why we’re all fat. How am I supposed to know what I should be eating?

It seems like the science of nutrition changes all the time. While our understanding of what we eat has evolved a bit over the years, for the most part it’s actually been pretty consistent. What has changed quite frequently is what gets reported to the public. A mixture of bad journalism, biased researchers, and special interest groups has thrown a lot of noise into a subject that actually has some pretty simple advice. See how our recommendations have been shaped (often to our detriment) and some simple tips to get back on track.

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Fighting Fat with Fat


Dietary fat has historically had a bad reputation in our society, but we research is showing more and more that refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other processed carbohydrates are the real source of weight gain and a ton of unhealthy side-effects. Learn how adding fat back into your diet can actually make you thin (and improve your health).

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