Does Nutrition Need to Be So Complicated?
It seems a lot of people these days are wondering when and why the human diet has become so confusing.
Why does nutrition seem to be more and more complicated as time goes on?
We are going to address this question and others you may have, such as:
- What are macronutrients and why are they called macronutrients?
- What are the 3 macronutrients?
- Can we simplify health and nutrition?
- What are the 3 nutrition types?
- Which of the 3 nutrition types are you?
Why Has the Human Diet Become So Confusing?
Why does nutrition need to be so complicated?
It actually doesn’t, and isn’t. It seems that way mostly because of the constant barrage of information washing over our brains on a constant basis. Many of the opinions are conflicting, and for several reasons, as I see it.
So how did nutrition become so complicated, seemingly?
Well, it’s complicated.
Just kidding. It’s not really complicated at all. Just a matter of connecting some dots.
A Perpetual Cycle of Hogwash
Firstly, many of the basic “facts” in regard to health and nutrition that we have been taught and have taken for granted all our lives have turned out not to be factual at all, and often, in fact, are complete inversions of truth.
Then you have all of the “experts” who have gathered all of their information from articles that appear in the first three spots on Page One of Google. And when all of these well-meaning people are regurgitating these “facts” as fast as the falsity of them is being discovered, it creates something of a torrential informational vortex of chaos.
Next, consider that G0ogle (I’ll just single them out…) tends to reward the false information, placing those articles higher and higher in the rankings for their authors’ diligence and vigilance in reporting everything that the search engines and their cohorts (those seemingly holding all the strings and calling all the shots) have decided are factual, whether or not they in fact are.
You also have doctors and others (who have been not so much educated as indoctrinated), taking what are essentially bribes from the pharmaceutical giants to push atrocious and often deadly products and advice on the innocent public.
If you are intrigued by this section, you will definitely want to go to our article that goes into how this works, in some depth:
Health and Nutrition Simplified
Can we simplify health and nutrition? Is there a simple model or outline that can break down the fundamentals of health and nutrition, without the chaos and confusion of all of the contradictions like a swarm of flies buzzing around our skull?
No, I’m sorry, there isn’t.
Just kidding again. Of course there is!
Let’s look first at fuel, and its 3 main elements.
Fuel: Macronutrients—What are macronutrients and why are they called macronutrients?
The three primary things that fuel our bodies are called macronutrients. (or macros). They are carbohydrates, fat and protein.
Unlike micronutrients (which include vitamins and minerals), the macronutrients that are carbs, fats and proteins are needed by our body daily, in quite large amounts. They provide energy, as well as being building blocks of cellular growth and repair, and are essential for immune function.
The confusing part has to do with finding the balance of these three things for optimal health, and people are different, so that balance will be different for different people. The rules for someone will be different for someone else.
The 3 Different Nutrition Types
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, there are 3 different nutrition types that we need to look at and find which one we fit in, and when we do learn what type we are, life becomes much simpler, because we aren’t painted with the same brush as everybody else, if you will.
The 3 different nutrition types are:
- Carb Type – People who function best on a diet primarily made up of carbohydrates.
- Protein Type – People who function best on a diet high in proteins and fats.
- Mixed Type – People who require a balance between the carbohydrate and protein types.
If you are trying to achieve weight loss, or muscle gain, or to recover from a certain condition, etc., you would want to temporarily adjust your consumption quantities of each macronutrient accordingly, until the desired result is achieved. You could also do this to discover which nutrition type you are. Here is an article specifically about this.
Vitamins and minerals. Eat a diet with a good balance of these (and not processed foods) in addition to finding your balance of the 3 macronutrients, along with staying active as much as possible, and there is little left to be concerned about, if you don’t already have any chronic health problems.
You may need to add supplements, once you learn what you might still be lacking from the food available to you (or foods you can’t eat or dislike).
Here is something to help you with this: Vitamins and Supplements Cheat Sheet – Supplement Chart
Why Nutrition Seems So Confusing (But Really Isn’t)
This video simply explains how to distinguish truth from fiction in regards to health and nutrition information, and the elements needed to establish something as fact.
(Today’s episode is brought to you by the number 3, clearly.)
There you have it. Health and nutrition simplified.
Well somewhat, anyway.
We have learned that the human diet doesn’t need to be as confusing as it definitely seems. Maybe now you feel like you have a place to start, where you can seek and sift the facts without feeling overwhelmed.
And for the other stuff, check us out deeper. I believe you will find some very interesting things!