We all know that it’s important to be active and eat right. But what does it mean exactly to “eat right”? It’s tempting to turn to science for the answer, but browse the interwebs and you’ll see conflicting studies everywhere — fat’s good, fat’s bad; sugar’s poison, sugar’s fine — and it’s hard to know that to think.
Recently, a study from a team of German researchers came out touting chocolate’s positive effect on weight loss. It was going to be published in the International Archives of Medicine. Media outlets around the world picked it up: “Chocolate Helps You Lose Weight!”
Seems straightforward, right? Well, the "scientist" who wrote it, John Bohannon, is actually a journalist who conducted a majorly flawed study in order to prove how blindly most of us trust every study we see.
Now, chocolate may actually help with weight loss. Delicious foods can be good for you. But if you're going to rely on a study to inform your eating decisions, it's important to click through the grabby headline and examine how the study was done. How big was it? How many people were studied? What did scientists control for? Who funded it?
Below are some of the foods we all love — think avocados, coffee, and red wine — and a slightly more in-depth look at the recent studies that give us an excuse to enjoy them, as always, in moderation. (Everything in moderation.)