Since I got myself into the world of health and nutrition, the issue of nutrition “facts” has puzzled me.

These days, too many people swear by whatever nutritional data they find and they feel totally obsessed by those details.

From the supposed healing power of hundreds of “super foods” to apple vinegar “secrets” to saturated fat statistics to the health benefit of ginger and coconut oil to literally millions of other nutritional information…  We are bombarded by data on a daily basis right?

The Internet, social media, TV, and even newspapers are inundated daily with analysis and calculations of why certain nutrients do this to your body and what foods affect your health in which ways. Discussing nutritional information has almost become a national sport, right?

I believe we can spend our entire lives trying to figure out which nutrition “facts” matters to us and which don’t, in order to make our choices healthy, and we may still fall short of achieving good health in the long run.

In fact, I think the most likely scenario is that your health and diet will fail over time by looking at nutritional data alone.

And I am not even talking about the joke called the world of mainstream nutrition. You can pretty much forget about the dietary information coming from the big food corporations and the likes. Their statistics is not only bias, but also their culture is 100 years behind the real world of natural health.

I am talking about the most credible data that comes out from the reliable sources in the natural health field, such as the website nutritionfacts.org and others.

Firstly, I should clarify that I am a huge supporter of Michael Greger and the work that he does. I have quoted his website in the past and I will keep quoting him in the future.

There is nothing wrong with nutritionfacts.org; I believe the data they put out is important and accurate.

The problem with nutrition research is that less informed people (which sadly is the majority of the public) can be misled by looking at those facts alone.

For instance, take this video posted by nutritionfacts.org talking about the effects of Aspartame and cancer. At one point in the video we discover that – according to their data – drinking alcohol is actually beneficial in reducing cancer risk from aspartame in men.

So, what do you think a normal man would think after watching this video? He could think that drinking alcohol and taking aspartame will balance out, when in reality, neither aspartame nor alcohol is good for you, biologically speaking that is.

This is the problem with nutritional data; it repetitively throws statistics and other information at you out of context, for whatever reason.

Nutrition facts, data, and research are important; but only when they support the right school of thought.

Have you ever wondered how wild animals distinguish between food and poison? They don’t have the so-called “dieticians” in white coats within their ranks to tell them what to eat; they choose according to their senses and their instincts.

If you don’t acquire the right philosophy of health to tell you what’s right from wrong and connect back to using your instincts, as well as your senses; simply finding out more nutritional “data” to add to the picture isn’t going help.

In fact, you could spend the rest your precious life deciphering nutritional information and still getting pretty much nowhere.

By contrast, the answers you are looking for will come clear as you align yourself with nature and focus on the key principles and philosophies that underlie health.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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