A recent article on the weight loss benefits of eating breakfast says
That doesn’t mean particular breakfasts can’t help some people control their appetites, or bring other benefits like energy. Schlundt’s study was tiny. But it shows how easy it is to simplify the complexities and limitations of nutrition science and cherry-pick the findings.
The point of the article is that choosing a single study to prove a point is easy. When you’re looking at a “fact” a single data point is not enough. The reason peer review is so important in science is that being able to repeat a study is critical.
I’ve become more skeptical through experience. Whenever I read a survey or study, I have a number of stock questions I ask before accepting the findings.
Was the study peer reviewed? Can the results be repeated and verified? What was the breadth of the study? How many subjects were tested? And, perhaps most importantly, who paid for the research?
Unless you can answer these questions satisfactorily the study is best treated as either very preliminary or unverified.
The Dynamic Duo have pulled together a humber of experts to look at the 15 Nutrition Myths You Want to Know.
Amongst the myths they debunk are
- When should you eat protein after a workout and is there a limit to how much protein your body can process?
- What sort of cardio will help you get shredded
- Are there any “magic” foods?
- Does the time you eat matter?