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i recently received a comment on one of my posts talking about why the use of the term cheat meal can be potentially harmful and in this post i was using a donut as an example now here's the reply they said an article um based on a study proves that a bad diet is worse for your health than cigarettes okay and then provide a link to the study perhaps you shouldn't be advocating this message all right now his argument seems to be that we shouldn't be encouraging consumption of nutrient devoid foods in any capacity because it is worse for your health than cigarettes and i was like okay oh my god this is a bow claim and if that is actually the case if that is actually supported by assigned research we should think about changing our practical recommendations to the general public so i pulled up the study this one is um it was published in 2019 it is a systematic analysis for the global burden of disease study looking at 195 different countries impressive okay i read through the paper now i'm specifically looking for where it says one donut is worse for your health than smoking cigarettes okay i am not seeing this anywhere the findings do say high intake of sodium low intake of whole grains low intake of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for deaths and disability adjusted life years right okay now i'm looking for where it says eating the occasional donut means that your fruit and vegetable and otherwise nutrient-dense food consumption sucks um and i'm not seeing that here which is a bit odd given what this user said so i specifically asked this person what constitutes a bad diet what do they define in the study as in by diet of course he didn't actually directly answer that question and kept going on about how bad diet is so terrible for you and et cetera et cetera et cetera now you can assess the quality of someone's overall diet based on one food and isolation so if i consume one doughnut or two donuts in a day but everything else i eat is nutrient rich nutrient dense is that a bad diet versus a diet filled with nothing but donuts and chips and cookies and and pizza and deep-fried foods that's probably not going to be ideal but i'm not seeing anyone recommending that kind of diet i'm certainly not doing it restrictive diets are more likely to backfire in the long run if you have a more rigid mentality towards foods you are more likely to experience eating disorder symptoms and behaviors including binge eating neurosis obsession guilt anxiety depression and ironically he cites my own quote there's a lot more to health than nutrients alone and then says you got that part right though yeah i did but you didn't and finally he comes back with this gem stick to fitness let the professionals handle dietary advice now i don't like using appeal to authority to try to win arguments because it is a logical fallacy you should be relying on sound evidence to support your points and not resort to titles and qualifications things like that but since he went that route i am a certified sports nutritionist i have done my master's degree in the psychology of eating behavior studying exactly this type of thing not only that but i quite literally study this kind of stuff as part of my career if he wants to say let the professionals handle dietary advice yeah maybe maybe i agree in any case hopefully this gives you guys an idea of how sometimes people can even if they are citing research they might take a small kernel of truth from that and then inflate the conclusions or use it to support their biases even when the research doesn't actually say what they're saying so no i am not saying eat nothing but donuts all day long eating a donut does not mean that you are not eating fruits and vegetables you can do both and this is a classic example of missing the forest for the trees

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