"Experts don't try to scare you. They want to inform you."

While this isn’t always the case, it is major observation I’ve made recently.

Especially in the field of health and wellness, the expertise of PhDs, physicians, RDs, and exercise physiologists is often dismissed in favor for the “knowledge” of those who are excellent at spinning their bias to create an emotional, visceral reaction to the information they share. Like, since when did we stop trusting the FDA or CDC, which are made up of leading experts in their respective fields, and start trusting self-proclaimed “detox experts” on Instagram with minimal academic training?

While unfortunate, this phenomenon is understandable. As humans, our feelings and emotions drive most of our decision making. We believe things because they “make sense” based on our emotional response.

Have you ever fallen victim to the “dihydrogen monoxide” prank? What would you do if you learned that dihydrogen monoxide was present in nearly everything you eat, but is absolutely toxic when consumed in large quantities, deadly when inhaled in even small amounts, and kills over 320,000 people every year? Based off of that information, it would “make sense” that dihydrogen monoxide is something that should be avoided at all costs. Except for dihydrogen monoxide = H2O. It’s water.

Just because something sounds scary doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Just because something “makes sense” doesn’t mean it’s accurate. In fact, chances are good that a lot of things will never make sense unless you have a PhD in Biochemistry. That’s okay. Let’s trust those who are experts.

Nutrition is a science, not a belief system.