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Ask HN: Where do you find reliable information on diet?


I'd like to start eating better. I'm curious what websites/blogs/podcasts do you read or listen to for reliable information on what to eat and how to eat?

I'm looking for a science-based source that I can trust, something similar to the Huberman Lab Podcast or examine.com.

Thank you.

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Ask HN: Where do you find reliable information on diet?

@przeor 8 days

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check this out, very useful for diet and preparing healthy food at home https://thermomix.vorwerk.com/thermomix/

Some scientists were probably working on it, as it works as a harm in many cases


@VoodooJuJu 7 days

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>I'm looking for a science-based source

Science is the last place I'd look if I wanted information about diet. Some of the worst, least reproducible stuff comes out of the nutritional science world. You can find studies for and against every diet and class of food.

The best place to start is tradition. What have you and your ancestors traditionally eaten? From there, make changes based on how you personally react to certain foods. From here, you can now very carefully look over some scientific studies to somewhat corroborate the effectiveness of your traditional diet.

But this is not nearly enough. As you do this, you have to be mindful of frequency; seasonality. Maybe your tribe kills a mammoth and you eat nothing but steaks, fat, high meat, and jerky for a month. Maybe your hunters come up short for the next month, so you live on foraged berries and rationed pemmican. In winter storms, the last thing you want to do is venture out into the crippling blizzard, so you subsist on stored tubers, or maybe you just starve for a week (you'll be fine). Maybe this kind of randomness is what your body is adapted for. Maybe this is your ideal diet.

Maybe Jews, Christians, and Muslims discovered the benefits of randomness in their diets and that's why they codified the practice of fasting in their books. And maybe there actually is some modern valid science to corroborate these ancient traditions.


@qnsi 8 days

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What is your goal with better eating? Better health or weight loss?

if better health, please know that nutrition science is very hard to do and most of it is of low quality. Eat medditarian diet minus the wine which is best science based advice

if weight loss, its even harder. I read probably about 20 books about it. Weight loss trials work pretty bad and I didnt find any hacks in research papers. What worked for me (losing 10kgs) was following Stephen Guyenets ideas:

I eat 3 meals a day at specific time everyday. No snacking.

Second part is based on science of appetite. Eat food low in caloric density. Our organism treats 100g of carrot the same as of bread. You will feel similar satiety but eat way more calories with calory denser food. This is a basis of Volumetrics diet

I could write way more, but Im on a mobile. Please write what is your goal with healthy eating and I can try to find some sources.



@cyounkins 8 days

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Led by Dr. Greger, a real MD who has dedicated his life to nutrition science and informing the public. He unobtrusively charges for early access to content that is released for free a month or two after and accepts donations. He does not sell/brand/endorse any products except a couple books he wrote.

The videos are very detailed, directly covering the scientific papers. He cites all references.


@netizen-936824 7 days

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They have a diet app and tons of great info. Just about everything they do is evidence based


@no-dr-onboard 8 days

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https://examine.com is a goldmine for straight up linked research on supplements and nutritional information.

It's been a while but from what I can see they moved over to a more paid model that packages information up based on goals.


@ntide 8 days

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There is only 1 book you need, my friend: https://pedietbook.com/

Ted Naiman (the author) is a practicing medical doctor, and there are loads of podcasts of him discussing his protein-to-energy ratio approach to dieting.


@alecst 8 days

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Tricky. In a book called “Ending Medical Reversal” the authors talk about how difficult it is to run a controlled study on diet all, and how the effect sizes are really small.

That’s not to say it doesn’t matter — just that it’s hard to get a good clean signal without confounding variables.

Everyone has their opinions. I think the best way to move forward is to get a lay of the land by reading PubMed, some popular books on diet, and just follow your interests. It’s a nuanced and complex topic, and it’ll take time to make sense of it all.


@reducesuffering 8 days

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Dr. Rhonda Patrick is excellent at combing through the latest academic research and distilling it into just enough actionable detail for a general audience. She also includes fitness related aspects to health like research involving exercise, sleep, and saunas. I have found her very credible. She will mention that she has no affiliation with specific products or industry, and I don't think I've ever seen her be sponsored by anything.




She is very up HN-ers alley with her views on fasting, sleep, exercise, drugs, supplements, reading nutrition science papers, etc.


@chadykamar 8 days

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