News reports about what's healthy to eat are ever-changing. And it's
difficult, even for the journalists who present the information, to research
all of the claims.
Newspaper medical writer Dorsey Griffith says, "I can totally understand
consumer confusion about nutrition. We are being inundated with information
about various food groups. And that's because there's been an explosion
in food science."
Broadcasters also face the daunting task of remaining credible
information that often seems to contradict itself. Diana Penna, a television health reporter, points out, "There's so
much out there. So many studies happening. What's good. What's bad. It's
tough because you have to go through things and sometimes you look at
things and say, if it's too good to be true, it probably is."
We talked with an expert to find out what's true and clear up some of
the nutrition confusion
starting with the controversy over eggs.
Professor Dana Wu Wassmer, a Registered Dietitian, explains "Eggs
don't raise our cholesterol level as much as we thought. So now the recommendation
is you can have one egg a day without destroying your cholesterol level."
"Moderation is what we say to red wine. And yes, there seem to be
some benefits to drinking moderate amounts of red wine. We definitely
need a little fat in our diet. Currently, we're consuming too much, but
we cannot eliminate it totally."
The common denominator in most health information is that it usually doesn't
come from the medical community. And the best advice, would probably come
from your doctor.