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The truth or not the truth

January 31, 2013 - Kathie Evanoff
The Cleveland Clinic is on Facebook and their administrators post healthy suggestions nearly every day.

While many of their suggestions are helpful, they don’t always pertain to me or the issues affecting my health. Regardless, they are interesting whether I can relate to them or not. But recently they posted an informational piece that I found interesting because it not only made sense, but it touched on the problem of what is the right thing to do when it comes to deciding how we should or shouldn’t be eating.

So many new diets are introduced each year and so many people, whether they are dieticians or medical doctors, try to jump on the bandwagon and come up with THE one reason why so many Americans are suffering with issues of weight.

This article written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, is very clear, not only by explaining why we shouldn’t get caught up in some of the fads and bad nutritional advice, but explains how to tell the difference with five easy warning signs.

These warning signs are basically: * Don’t follow any advice that isn’t backed by science. * Don’t fall for claims that describe food as a cure for anything. * Make sure the expert giving out this information is educated about their topic. * Don’t fall for diets that eliminate an entire food group. * Be wary of diet programs that sell products and supplements but have no science to back their claims.

For more details about these warning signs and for information about Kirkpatrick’s blogs and nutritional information, become a fan of the Cleveland Clinic on Facebook. You also can see diet and nutrition videos from the Cleveland Clinic on YouTube by searching Kristin Kirkpatrick.


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