Science in its purest form should be able to answer hypotheses and prove or disprove them. Research should be well designed, free of bias or conflicts of interest. Today’s competing nutrition paradigms leaves scientists, practitioners and consumers confused. Is meat harmful or healthful? Is coconut oil dangerous? Should everyone be plant based? Is keto the best diet for humans? Is sugar as bad as we think? Nutrition science is inherently difficult to do, relies disproportionately on epidemiology, and unduly influenced by industry and nutritionism (reductionism focused on individual nutrients rather than foods). Being alert to the challenges of nutrition science allows a more sober and accurate reading of the data to help inform our patients and policy.
- Participants will be able to identify the key challenges of clinical interventions in nutrition science.
- Participants will be able to identify the limitations of nutritional epidemiology.
- Participants will be able to describe how the food industry corrupts nutrition science and infuses doubt and confusion.