In this mini episode of the Foodcast, you learn the answer to the age-old question, does eating bacon give you jet lag?
According to a recent study, certain types of fat in the diet cause your cells to get out of sync. This is similar to what happens when you experience jet lag. It’s a cool theory. But, how significant is this study in the annals of nutrition research? And what has the media done this time to cause fear uncertainty and doubt about what we eat? Find out in this episode. Also, find out how The Brady Bunch and Jimmy Buffet are involved.
01:30 Does Eating Bacon Cause Jet Lag?
- Original Study
- What you may have heard in the media, social or otherwise:
06:00 Concluding Remarks
Before I get labeled as a “cherry-picker” because I only find these discrepancies when they support my viewpoint, I present this other example that counters my fat-friendly dietary advice.
A recent article in Time Magazine reported that a new study added another nail to the coffin on the notion that low-fat foods, specifically dairy, are better for weight management and various vital signs than their high fat counterparts. According to the report, researchers found that people who had higher levels of three different byproducts of full-fat dairy had, on average, a 46% lower risk of getting diabetes during the study period than those with lower levels.
Hooray for our side.
But us you dig into the actual study, you find that subjects were never actually tested or queried for the type of dairy or other foods they consumed. The investigators based their conclusion on what was in the subject’s blood. Unlike testing for drug use, blood tests aren’t reliable indicators of the specific foods people ate.
Here is yet another example of minor hyperbole from scientists snowballing into a media avalanche of misreporting.
This happens all the time. Even in cases when the misreporting happens to support my point of view. For more on the Time Magazine snafu, see this article from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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