What You Should Eat. Well, What Aaron Eats.

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I spend a lot of time writing and talking about what isn’t true. Over the past few months, we’ve had lots of episodes talking about how many nutrition recommendations aren’t supported by science. I’ve argued that what many people are telling you may be inaccurate. In response, lots of you have asked me what nutrition recommendations should say.

The truth is that it’s much easier to tell you what not to do, than to tell you what to do. But we don’t avoid the hard questions. Recently I shared my nutrition recommendations over at the Upshot at the New York Times, and they were surprisingly popular. So I’m going to share them with you, here on Healthcare Triage

You should go read that piece, which all of this is based on. References and links can be found there: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/upshot/simple-rules-for-healthy-eating.html

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19 thoughts on “What You Should Eat. Well, What Aaron Eats.

  1. I was enjoying the videos until I watched this one. When a doctor recommends the foods that are the leading cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes (i.e. animal products, and alcohol), I move on. Even the FDA recommends NO ONE take raw milk. How can an educated physician miss this?

  2. Can you give a bit more info whether bread is healthy or not? At point 3 I guess you were referring only to "pre-made" bread

  3. About a month ago, I cut out cereal and pasta from my diet and started cooking more of my own meals from mostly unprocessed foods. I am still eating bread, but less of it. I've found that I'm getting less frequent bouts of heartburn. I used to have to take a tums before bed and even during the night. Now, I rarely have to take any at all. I feel that even though I'm not losing a significant amount of weight, I feel healthier. The diet he talks about is working for me even if I'm not following it exactly and I think everyone should try it.

  4. The best and simplest grocery shopping tip I have read is to only shop the peripheries of grocery stores. That way, you end up mostly with unprocessed items. And it saves time!

  5. Love your network/channel but I do have a few comments related to your discussion regarding effectiveness of the three diets over time (12 months I think is your reference point). As I am sure you know nutrition intake is nearly impossible to accurately determine. Almost all of these studies use self-report and/or food diaries to determine macronutrient intake. We know that participants reduce engagement and commitment to the careful recording of all intake over time. In addition, many Americans are unclear on serving size estimations.

    I guess I said all of that to say this…..Until science develops a more rigorous and accurate method of dietary data collection (except in metabolism labs {very short studies) or feeding studies (food provided but not feasible for long periods of time) we should have no confidence on macronutrient effects in longitudinal studies. Certainly people can develop new patterns of behavior but likely less adherent to assigned diet over a longer time period.

  6. Unprocessed? What are you qualifying as unprocessed food? Please tell me you're not trying to advocate unpasteurized milk or eggs. 'Cause those are pretty bad in terms of food waste and foodborne illness. I hope I'm misinterpreting, but can you clarify?

  7. I don't buy any junk food. If it's not in the house there's no temptation. But if I'm at your house, all bets are off.

  8. Thanks for these great recommendations, Aaron. I understand your rationale for not demonizing any food group or nutrient, but I'd also be very interested to hear your take on a whole foods plant based diet, as recommended by doctors like Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, John McDougal, Neal Barnard, etc. Their arguments are very convincing to me!

  9. I know this is an old video, but thanks for the advice. The only things I might add to this is the saying "Vegetables and Fruit, not Fruit and Vegetables," since a lot of whole, unprocessed fruit is still almost candy, and "Don't neglect dark, leafy greens." Without making any specific recommendation for amount or frequency, but it is really easy to just eat heartier veggies like potatoes, corn, carrots, beans and broccoli and think we're getting ends meet on our veggies. Leaves are unique, especially the dark ones (iceberg and the like are just water).

  10. In addition to what you said! Some Doctors recommend Vegetarian or Vegan (at lease to a high degree like 90% or more) kind of diets especially for patients with Vascular Disease (like Heart & Stroke), minimize Red meats! Please comment?

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