The “Best Diet” – a sand trap

There is No Best Diet

If you enjoy good health and high health resiliency, then you likely will do well on a wide variety of dietary patterns. The Mediterranean Dietary Pattern, for example, is a good choice for those who are well and have no evidence of having any difficulties with tolerating different foods or evidence of or risk for metabolic problems.

For the many who aren’t in the peak of health, you need to find your own path. You may need to re-do this repeatedly for different stages and circumstances of your life. The Mediterranean Diet may still be a good choice, but that can’t be taken for granted.

There never will be a “best diet”.

In fact, the very discussion that we can use research to find “the best diet” to advise to individuals has a destructive effect and takes us down the wrong path.

If you encounter this concept, please consider calling it out as nonsense, so we can move the conversation on to useful things.

Why do we have nonsense like that in the field of nutrition???

The field of nutrition is chock full of non-science attitudes, practices, beliefs, etc. that you never find in other areas of medicine!

Imagine if anyone (let alone most of the major players in the field) were proposing a “best treatment for breast cancer”.

What if there were recommendations for a specific combination of amount and type of exercise that was supposed to be best for everyone, in detail no less?

We don’t talk about a best treatment of high blood pressure!

In all other fields of medicine, the need for an individualized approach is considered the foundation of good care. Research points the way to which interventions are most promising to try first, but then the individual’s response to that treatment is assessed and the plan is changed if the outcome is not good.

Author: Dr Deanne Roberts MD

Now retired from my medical practice. Website focusing on my interests of P4 Medicine*, Metabolic Health and Nutrition in Vancouver. * P4 Medicine = Personalized, Participatory, Preventive and Predictive

3 thoughts

  1. Welcome back! I missed your postings. I see you have a new name for your blog. Interesting that you changed it from “It’s the Satiety” to “Your Blooming Health.” I’d be interested in learning the rationale for the change.

    BTW, while there may not be a “Best” diet, there are certainly a few that are REALLY bad. E.g. “My Plate.”

    1. Hi Howard,

      Nice to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. I have had the Your Blooming Health blog for some time. It is a blog for my practice in general, while It’s The Satiety was primarily oriented to the topic of weight control, appetite and, well, satiety. I dropped that name because people told me they found it confusing. The name was chosen because I think that satiety is the nut to crack in terms of obesity and weight control.
      I am working on a new web site which is an app with an associated mobile-oriented web site. Theoretically this could be ready for submission within a week or so, and then be a couple of weeks or so before it is approved and available. Will have my head buried in that project for the next while.
      Best regards, Deanne

  2. “Why do we have nonsense like that in the field of nutrition???”

    That one is easy to answer. It’s because “researchers” in the field of nutrition are much more concerned about publishing something that is Politically Correct enough to get addition grant funding from the traditional sources (Monsanto, Pfizer, Grain Foods Foundation, et. al.) than they are about finding what actually works (or doesn’t work). And, there is only one significant variable common to all of the nutritional studies I have reviewed to date. I covered that variable in depth on my blog.

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