Tina Ruggiero | Nutrition Expert, Cookbook Author and Spokesperson
Aug 26, 2008 by Tina Ruggiero
Sep 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm
As you’re an RD I can’t believe you don’t know who created these 6 Rules….it’s Michael Pollan. His books are highly recommended and for anyone in the business of helping people with nutrition and food it should be required reading!!
Sep 5, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Hi, Steve. Thanks for your posting and for the source of the six paragraphs. As an RD, my primary responsibility to my clients, the greater public and to my peers is to communicate sound, science-based findings. To that end, I read, sleep, eat and breath the scientific literature. Granted, I also read non peer-reviewed material, but I’m selective. Of course, I’ve read articles by Pollan (see my blog entry dated January 28, 2007 in response to a piece he wrote in the New York Times). Sometimes I agree with him, and there are other times I don’t. More important than reading the lay press, I “highly recommended” that those in the business of health and nutrition frequently go back to the original literature to better understand issues and formulate educated recommendations.
Dec 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm
I think looking only at “the science” and science-based findings is not the best approach, and problem with many of today’s nutritionists, RD’s, and others in the nutrition field.
Though science is important, it’s not the end all, and things can be very good for you without looking at the science. I mean, wasn’t it science that told us that margarine was good for us, fat was bad for us, and that smoking was okay for us (even doctor’s used to advertise for cigarettes). And they went before Congress and said “we have the science & studies to prove it.” Ha…science..
So looking at scientific literature has been part of the problem here in the U.S. We need to relax, and take it all with a grain of salt.
And we all know many large food, pharmaceutical, and drug companies pay (whether directly or indirectly) for “studies.” Something the general population is not aware of. And I know first-hand of such ‘studies.’ So this so-called science, isn’t always the truth.
Man has survived thousands of years without looking at science to know what to eat. Eat real food that nature provides, (of course, with the least amount of pesticides and GMO’s) and you’ll live a generally healthy life. Simple, basic, and no science needed.