The traditional approach in nutrition research and dietary counseling has been reductionist….vitamins, minerals, nutrients. However, it can be challenging to translate new knowledge generated from a reductionist paradigm in the real-world in which we eat snacks, meals….FOOD! This reality is demonstrated clearly in how, at different periods in time, dietary fat and sugar have been either heralded or demonized.
In a recent article at Undark, a number of nutrition experts weigh in on the historical consequences of oversimplifying nutrition and dietary recommendations, and the importance of acknowledging the inherent complexity of our diets. While there are some who advocate for a precision or personalized medicine approach to eating, until that potential is realized (…if it ever is…), the suggestion to “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” remains sage advice.