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Diet Studies

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

No surprise! Just read an article in the NYT's about the issues with studies on diets:

Or go to nytimes.com and search on "Why Diet Research Is So Spectacularly Thin". I wasn't surprised to learn this as it's been pretty obvious for years. What did surprise me is the disparity in funding between diet studies and drugs.....diet studies are in the hundreds of thousands while drug studies are in the several million dollar range. And as the article points out what/how we eat is a very good predictor of health or illness.

the concluding paragraph is particularly strong:
"No other factor approaches the importance of diet for public health. To reduce the human toll of chronic disease, we must upgrade the quality of nutrition research. The financial investment required will yield huge returns in medical cost savings."

It may not be as sexy as research on drugs, but the payback would be enormous. Just think, a healthier happier population!
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    140 days ago
  • _BABE_
    emoticon Great read...thanks!
    140 days ago
    Nutrition research is so vitally important. But: not going to generate a whole lot of profit for a commercial enterprise . . .
    140 days ago
    142 days ago
    thanks for the information
    143 days ago
    Read, study, and learn everything possible about good nutrition. We are all responsible for the food choices we make.
    143 days ago
    yes diet plays a huge factor in our heath Hugs
    143 days ago
    As far as I'm concerned that last paragraph says it all!! Great blog!! emoticon
    143 days ago
    Companies make so much money on 'diet foods' it would be hard for them to drop the profits for healthy eating and life style.
    143 days ago
    I agree! We need to do more research and education in the US on diet and how to stop this obesity epidemic. It is costing so much in money, lost labor, lost productivity, lost opportunity, too-early loss of life, and reduction in quality of life. I'm afraid that it's going to be a difficult problem to correct because eating habits are learned at home, overeating is often an addiction, and most likely parents must be treated before they can be good role models for children. I hope we can somehow get a hold on this. I'm obese myself, so I'm not judging, just worried about this difficult problem, and I applaud you for handling this issue so well in your own life.
    143 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Good article and I agree. We do need more research into nutrition and how to upgrade our food system. I find that there are way too many chemicals and preservatives in our food. Trying to eat healthy can get quite expensive. It would seem that food companies would try to figure out a way to go back to the days where preservatives and chemicals were unheard of.

    Organic is the first step, then grass feed cattle, free range chickens and so on. USA should take a lesson from Canada when it comes to fresh food. Pesticides are highly regulated in Canada. It takes significant time, money and research to bring a pesticide to market. Most pesticides undergo 10 years of research and development and cost approximately $250 million before they are ready for sale.

    With all the political bickering going on, I think we should step back and work on problems that we face with our foods and how they are processed.
    144 days ago
    And I wonder how many big Pharma dollars are invested in these studies! Yes, and Big Agri, too! IN the meantime, all we can do is look out for ourselves -- READ READ READ labels, know your food sources, whole foods vs. processed.
    144 days ago
    Only if the funding does not come from Big Agri and other food related industries. You cannot imagine how upset they all became when our federal food guide was updated earlier this year and they were not allowed input!
    144 days ago
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