It’s easier to fall for pseudoscientific diets than those backed by science

Science doesn’t come with a black and white answer. This opens up a vacuum for those peddling fast and easy ‘cures’.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

Demonising one group of food – such as sugar – can never be good.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

Why is it so easy to fall for pseudoscientific diets?

Because we want to believe that food can make us well, says Dr Giles Yeo, principal research associate and group leader at Cambridge University’s Metabolic Research Labs.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham interviewed Yeo.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We evolved in an environment where we didn’t have enough food.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

We’re trying to understand why some people get fat and others don’t.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

There’s a big genetic drive to your bodyweight.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

The alkaline diet makes absolutely no sense.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

The notion of a ‘superfood’ is nonsense.

Dr Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : It’s easier to fall for pseudoscientific diets than those backed by science


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