Much current nutrition research aims to clarify possible links between eating and getting various diseases. Is diet really responsible for cancer? For multiple sclerosis? Hard to tell, because it's really hard to know what people really eat.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast, right? Not so much, according to a recent review that soundly critiques research on the topic. Breakfast skippers are not more prone to obesity or heart disease, and well-nourished kids will not have lower IQs without breakfast.
Anyone who has been paying attention recognizes that governmental dietary advice seems to change pretty often.
In a well-written and lucid presentation, Gary Taubes takes on the confusion inherent in the current status of nutrition research. He explains why, after literally thousands of studies we still don t understand exactly what the best diets are, or what in our environment really triggers obesity and diabetes.