Food and pseudoscience

Science and Pseudoscience in Adult Nutrition Research and Practice:

In recent years, nutrition research and practice have lagged behind many other biological and medical fields. In part, this lag is due to many pseudoscientific beliefs and practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific methods. … My purpose here is to definitively (wherever possible) or tentatively (where the data are incomplete or nonexistent) answer a series of key questions about adult human nutrition using relevant rigorous scientific principles and methods. The data clearly show that much current advice about dietary pyramids, food supplements, megavitamins, and weight loss regimens is frequently unproven, erroneous, or even harmful and is often based on pseudoscience or derivative incorrect professorial opinion.

Beliefs prosper when evidence is weak or difficult to interpret. Food and nutrition hit many needs from enjoyment of intake to the efforts for better health. Another axis is that of guilt and envy and hubris. The motivations are of a strength that they can easily bend perceptions.

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