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World's Top Nutrition Experts Fight Over What Makes A Healthy Diet

A paleo diet steak
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What qualifies as a healthy diet depends on who you ask

 
Nearly everyone agrees -  people need better information on healthy eating. Yet nearly no one agrees on what constitutes a healthy diet, and that includes the experts. As STAT reports, a two-day gathering of  21 of the world's top nutrition scientists quickly devolved into a food fight.  Experts argued the merits of the Mediterranean diet versus going Paleo, and if vegetarianism was the healthiest course. And that was just the beginning.
 
 

“Ninety minutes into the meeting, we were still trying to agree what the hell a vegetable was,” said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. “That was a dark moment.”... “We need to stop treating dietary science like a pingpong ball,” Katz pleaded.

 
 
Top nutritionists in food fight over principles of healthy eating