I love this article by Gina Kolata in the New York Times. The media are quick to publish the latest health research findings, and to reduce those studies to blanket statements that send people running off after the latest solution to health woes. Let's face it; everyone's looking for a quick fix. The problem is that research is complicated, and it's pretty tricky drawing a straight line between individual foods, nutrients or behaviours to specific health outcomes. Things are never as simple as we'd like them to be. The good news? Relax. What the research does consistently show is that the best approach is to step back and take a "big picture," long term approach to the way you eat and the way you live your life. Don't obsess over individual foods or nutrients. Eat mostly good stuff; lots of rainbows for sure. Keep the crap to a minimum. Get moving regularly, doing something that makes you happy. That's what works.
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