That’s a big promise in a headline, isn’t it? Well, thanks to one of our favourite articles from last year, The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right from Grub Street, it’s possible.
The article makes a great point upfront: “Really, we know how we should eat, but that understanding is continually undermined by hyperbolic headlines, internet echo chambers, and predatory profiteers all too happy to peddle purposefully addictive junk food and nutrition-limiting fad diets. Eating well remains difficult not because it’s complicated but because the choices are hard even when they’re clear.”
If you really can’t commit to reading it all, here’s the bottom line: “Focus on foods, not nutrients. A diet may be higher or lower in total fat, or total carbohydrate, or total protein, and still be optimal. But a diet cannot be optimal if it is not made up mostly of some balanced combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water. If you get the foods right, the nutrients sort themselves out. But if you focus on nutrients rather than foods, you quickly learn that there is more than one way to eat badly…”
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.