Last Updated on October 20, 2019 by Michael Joseph
Welcome to Nutrition Advance.
My name is Michael Joseph (@nutradvance) and I just wanted to explain what this website is about, how to use it, and our trustworthy content policy.
Firstly, the aim of this website is to analyze various foods and topics of nutritional interest in a nuanced, balanced, and evidence-based manner.
In other words; we look at both sides of the issue – the postives and the negatives.
The truth is that no food (and no diet) is solely good or bad, and we have to examine the potential positive and negative effects they can have.
We don’t advocate for any particular way of eating and promote the “no one-size diet fits all” approach.
In every article, you will find numerical links to supporting studies in parentheses (1) like this. I encourage you to click through to the studies if you wish to learn more or see evidence via the primary literature.
Wherever possible, these supporting references will be to the highest quality evidence; systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and randomized controlled trials.
Nutrition Advance has no products to sell, we accept no money from industry, and we are not sponsored in any way or form.
About Michael Joseph
Nutrition is both my professional interest and my personal passion.
I work as a nutrition educator and hold a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education. Over my years of working in community education programs, I’ve seen first-hand how useful information presented in the right way can be.
The aim of this website is the same: provide accurate, reliable and trustworthy to allow people to make informed decisions.
Trustworthy Content Policy
In our commitment to provide trustworthy content, we have a strict focus on backing up all claims with the highest quality of scientific evidence.
Evidence will always be provided for all nutrition facts and claims via references to peer-reviewed studies.
Wherever possible, we strive to look at the highest level of evidence from systematic reviews and double-blind randomized controlled trials.
Why is the quality of evidence important?
First, because many claims about nutrition use evidence that has been taken out of context.
For example, a small trial using cell cultures or mice might show that certain compounds extracted from fruit can have a beneficial effect in fighting a certain health condition.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that the whole fruit has the same benefits as a high-strength extract.
Furthermore, just because a trial shows something in cells or mice does not mean that we would see the same effect in human trials.
Therefore, focusing on randomized controlled trials—studies that actually test a theory on human participants—are the most accurate evidence for determining cause and effect.
Systematic reviews are also very reliable as they aggregate, examine, and communicate the totality of the evidence.
We encourage feedback on our articles.
Is there something useful that we could add to make it more informative? Is there something you feel isn’t quite right?
Leave a comment or contact us – debate is very much welcomed.