Defining nutrition isn’t hard, but it’s also not easy. Nutrition, at its core, is the way that we fuel our bodies with food. To look at food as solely fuel, however, would ignore the cultural implications that many foods hold across the globe.
Further, one’s desire to lose weight goes hand-in-hand with nutrition, but this doesn’t mean that nutrition is synonymous with weight-loss. In addition to losing and maintaining weight, the opposite effect is possible: Properly fueling your body can also allow you to gain muscle and overall size. Losing and gaining weight both involve a nutritional plan, but these plans will be fairly different in contents and scope. It’s fair to say that one’s interpretation of the term “nutrition” varies on a case-by-case basis, but some of our nutritional beliefs are flat out incorrect.
To root out the things we’ve all got wrong about nutrition, we reached out to medical professionals as well as dietary experts.
Rene Ficek is a Registered Dietitian who is also the Lead Dietitian Nutritionist at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE). Ficek oversees various aspects of menu development, ensuring each SSHE meal complies with USDA and FDA “healthy regulation guidelines.” In addition, she educates management staff on specialized “diets,” researches and implements new nutrition guidelines, and provides nutrition education to clients.
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Berghoff, MD, of OrthoArizona — Arizona Orthopaedic Associates touches on a common misconception regarding bone health. Dr. Berghoff is a senior faculty member for the Banner Orthopedic Residency Program and President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Alliance. He specializes in arthroscopy, total joint surgery (including minimally invasive techniques), fracture care, and sports injuries.
Bo Martinsen, MD, an omega-3 expert and co-founder of Omega3 Innovations, weighs in on some common misconceptions people have about getting their omega-3s from various food sources.
Robert Davidson, PhD, is the Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program at Logan University, and he’ll tell you whether or not those juices you’ve been buying so frequently are as healthy as you think.
Jonah Soolman, RD, LDN, ACSM EP-C, NSCA-CPT, of Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC, and James (Jim) Lebret, MD, an internal medicine physician at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in NYC also provided their stances on what we as consumers, diners, and eaters misunderstand about nutrition.
Together, these experts of the human body and how it interacts with food have provided us with a good list of things we’ve got wrong about nutrition. Here Are 15 Ways You've Got Nutrition Twisted.