I think we're all in agreement that there's a lot of nutribabble out there. Knowing who to trust and where to turn to for good, solid, evidence backed advice is something I've talked about a lot on the blog and is one of the reasons I keep writing and sharing.
I'm not a nutrition expert. I'm not a doctor. I'm not a personal trainer or even a health coach. I'm just a normal girl. I want to eat healthily and know the facts. And I've been sucked in before with theories and phoney diets based on poor science. So I'd prefer that not to happen again!
So over the last couple of years I have slowly started to build a group of people that I follow on social media (and get to meet in person sometimes!) that I know I can turn to and trust to be well informed and share good advice and nutrition science with me.
In fact I wrote a whole blog post about the difference between nutritionists, dietitians, nutritional therapists and lots of other health practitioners in a previous blog post here.
And some of those people and organisations that I now choose to follow create everyone's favourite resource: infographics.
Now as previously stated, I do not have a science degree. Science and maths have always been weaknesses for me. Even though I love the theories and principles behind healthy living, I can feel my eyes glaze over and my brain wander off when I start to get even close to scientific terminology about nutrition and the gut when I'm reading and researching.
Infographics are my total saviour.
Because they turn sometimes quite complicated principles, into something I can actually visualise and maybe even get closer to understanding!
I've seen a lot of infographics floating around and would love for you to share more with me which help me and also the other readers of the blog turn complication principles into understandable science for the lay people among us.
Here are my top 5!
1. EUFIC infographics
I love it when people get in touch when they've discovered my blog and one of those was Dr Nina McGrath, Food Safety Projects Manager at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC).
Nina told me about the EUFIC's series of infographics which you can find on their website.
The infographics available from the EUFIC are really wide ranging, covering topics like caffeine, allergens, behaviour change, and energy balance and many others. They're beautifully put together with clear, colourful graphics.
I particularly love this one which explains the difference between correlation vs. causation. It's a topic that Angry Chef Anthony Warner covers in his book and is really important when we assess how some health bloggers look at changes they make to their diet, and then think that change has a particular outcome, even when perhaps the two are not related.
I chose this graphic about dietary fats because it's something that I think a lot of people worry about and are confused by. I recently did an online course called Food As Medicine and high/low fat diets were covered and where the fear came from. I think this infographic sums up the facts really nicely.
2. The Rooted Project infographics
I am so obsessed with The Rooted Project's infographics and always screen-shot them when I see them shared.
Some of you will remember I've actually used one of these infographics before to describe myself on the Dunning-Kruger curve - where I fell on a spectrum and where so many other health bloggers also fall down too thinking they can easily explain extremely complicated nutrition science.
I love this infographic about free sugars. Everyone uses the phrase 'refined sugar' and I absolutely used to subscribe to that too. But free sugars is a much better way to look at it. Swapping out your 'refined' white sugar and replacing it with a whole bag of dates or maple syrup is not going to instantly make you more healthy, and this infographic perfectly summarises that!
Remember to check out The Rooted Project's Facebook page which always has their latest infographics in their photo section, as well as a series on nutrition myth-busting.
3. Food Matters infographics
I can't remember how I discovered Food Matters but I'm glad I did - it's a whole wealth of resources including articles, recipes and videos all about eating well for life.
I love this graphic about how the gut works for simplifying the ridiculously complicated organ that is our digestive system.
4. Eatwell Guide
It's so easy to go searching on the internet for information about what's healthiest to eat and just click through on the links that come up first on your Google results page. But they're not necessarily the best, most scientifically backed advice.
If I'm looking for evidence to back up something I'm saying or researching on the blog one of the first places I will go is actually the NHS website, the Food Standards Agency or the brilliant little set of resources which are the BDA (British Dietitians Association) Food Facts Sheets.
This infographic is so clean and clear and is used across all three of these organisations. The advice here is nothing drastic or extreme, which is exactly as it should be! I love how visual a representation this is of how many fruit and veg to stick on your plate every day too.
5. ISAPP infographics
This meant vinegar, wines and beers and soy sauce among other things. It was a random list and I was always confused that in some circles these fermented foods were touted as healthy. As we all know now I've since walked away from this theory, which means these products are back on the menu.
Discovering this infographic about fermented foods from the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (who knew there was such a thing!!) was such a lovely little find with evidence backed, plain English explanations of what fermented food really is, what the supposed health benefits are and actually where the living cultures aren't any more thanks to the production process.
What do you think of my selection? Have you spotted any other really useful infographics that you think I should know about that help with a healthier diet and lifestyle? Look forward to hearing from you and learning more!