A Healthy Diet – According to the Internet

There’s an abundant amount of information out there regarding making healthy food choices.  I have decided to compile a list of foods you should absolutely include in your diet and a list of foods it is imperative you avoid, complete with references so you know I’m not just making this up.  Your confusion ends here!  This is the ultimate guide to healthy eating according to the internet.

Foods you should include in your diet for optimal health:

Foods you must NEVER eat:

So there you have it, the best diet according to the internet.  I hope the internet has been as helpful for you as it has been for me.  Happy eating!

20 thoughts on “A Healthy Diet – According to the Internet

  1. omg, I LOVE this. It’s so clever how you listed all of the same foods on each end. You make a good point about how conflicting nutrition info can be. I say we are all bio-individual. One food may be okay for one person and but not for their friend. i say we just not worry so much about it and listen to our own body instead.

  2. There is a lot of junk science in those links above, especially the ones making the more absurd claims. I couldn’t even get past the first page of “The Myth that Vegetables are Good For You”, thanks to this line: “And what do we have today? The pursuit of romance is called sexual harrassment or stalking”. The author just completely discredited anything else he might have to say, since he can’t even figure out the difference between harassment and healthy dating. Then you go to his bio page and find out he’s actually a software developer with a B.A. in music. Ugh.

    That may be an extreme example, but the differences between the well-researched links, which include references to peer-reviewed scientific studies, and the junk science or just plain “this is what I believe so I’m going to make stuff up to support my claim” links, which include no references or references to junk science or doctors behind fad diets, are stark. Unfortunately, a lot of people believe everything they read.

  3. Very creative post! It shows how confusing things can be for people just trying to get their health sorted out. There’s a point when we have to take some time to think about things, use logic, and common sense. Even so, the media really knows how to make things seem complicated.

  4. This post is brilliant! It’s all so ridiculous, isn’t it? I’m certified through IIN as a health coach, and after learning about soooo many dietary theories (and naturally, every one of them was correct!), I became more confused about how to eat healthy than I had ever been. Joshua Rosenthal (the founder) asked us if we were good and confused. When the students confirmed that they were, he said, “Good! Now maybe you can learn to listen to your own bodies, and not to the experts.” To thine own self be true, Period.

  5. Shebolt brings up an important point here: CONSIDER THE SOURCE!

    I’m far more likely, for example, to trust that wine and chocolate and coffee are good for my heart (oh please, let it be so!) if my online source is the Cleveland Clinic or the Heart and Stroke Foundation or other credible resources than if it’s from some snake oil sales site (or that “software developer with a BA in music”).

    But sadly, there remain websites hosted by snake oil salesmen with the letters M.D. after their names, shilling their own “miracle supplements”, fad diets, best-selling books, or questionable magical quackery.

    And don’t even get me started on Dr. Oz….

    As in all things, “Follow The Money” – and buyer beware.

  6. It seems strange that people look for someone to tell them what is healthy and what is not, like it is a clear-cut black and white issue. What really matters is how your body reacts to certain foods, what your preferences are and how you feel. Sometimes it seems the desperate quest for total “healthiness” is unhealthy itself!

  7. This is awesome! There is too much unfounded information out there and it gets overwhelming, I have decided to declare war on the former-call-center-agents-who-now-give-medical-advice-online-advice-since-attending-a-seminar-to-sell-(weight loss product name here.) Or as I call it, the SBC/Isagenix syndrome.

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