I always do research when sharing information here in this blog and in my weekly newsletter. Having access to the internet definitely makes it easier to do. But can we trust everything we read? In researching different foods, supplements and treatments I often find conflicting information. It is challenging to know which is true and which is not. I have several sites run by people I trust that I usually go to when I am finding a lot of conflicting information.
But when you read about health research in the paper or online, how do you decide whether to believe it or not? It is dangerous to believe something that is inaccurate as it can damage your health.
Recently Chris Kresser (one of those trusted sources) shared this excerpt from the NY Times about the sugar industry:
“The documents show that in 1968 a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, funded a research project on animals to shed light on the connection between sugar and heart health. But when the research pointed to a mechanism by which sugar might promote not only heart disease but also bladder cancer, the industry group ended the study and never published the results.
The sugar industry has long insisted that sugar has no unique role in promoting obesity, diabetes or heart disease, though numerous studies by independent researchers have concluded otherwise.”
I’ve written about this in the past. Unfortunately the bulk of medical and health research is funded by Big Pharma or Big Food and when the research goes against some cherished cash cow of theirs, chances are you’ll never see it!
I remember not that long ago there were commercials on TV saying “corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference.” Problem is your body most certainly can because it metabolizes each differently. I actually had one person comment on a blog about the benefits of choosing organic produce in order to avoid pesticides who told me eating more vegetables and fruits, even those full of glyphosate, is healthier than not eating veggies at all! Really? Eating non-organic GE foods (the prime candidates for Roundup spraying) is associated with higher glyphosate levels in your body. A study of close to 4,500 people in the U.S. also found that those who “often or always” ate organic had about 65% lower levels of pesticide residues compared to those who ate the least amount of organic produce.
All I want to say in this post is this – take what you read with a grain of salt. More than ever I believe getting back to basics and focusing on quality is of the utmost importance. Information changes almost daily. Today coffee is a health food and tomorrow we are being told it will kill us.
So rather than get stressed out – keep it real. Choose the cleanest, properly raised/grown, one-ingredient foods in a form closest to how God created them and you will be far healthier than most people.
Do you believe all the health research you read about?
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