If you depend on the medical establishment alone to help you understand how to eat healthy, you may come up short. It is well known from recent research that physicians don’t receive many hours of training on nutrition.
“In 2004, the authors surveyed all 126 US medical schools on this topic and 106 of them (84%) responded, making it the most comprehensive survey of its kind. The findings? In 17 of the medical schools, students were getting less than 10 hours of nutrition education during their entire four years and in over half of the schools, they were receiving no more than 20 hours.” – www.sarahbesthealth.com/
“[In 2010,] Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill asked nutrition educators from more than 100 medical schools to describe the nutrition instruction offered to their students. While the researchers learned that almost all schools require exposure to nutrition, only about a quarter offered the recommended 25 hours of instruction, a decrease from six years earlier, when almost 40 percent of schools met the minimum recommendations. In addition, four schools offered nutrition optionally, and one school offered nothing at all. And while a majority of medical schools tended to intersperse lectures on nutrition in standard, required courses, like biochemistry or physiology, only a quarter of the schools managed to have a single course dedicated to the topic.” – www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/
Doctors can help you, don’t get me wrong. They are the authority when it comes to all things medical. They are a Godsend, but don’t assume that they know it all when it comes to nutrition. Do your own research!!! I suggest that you talk to your doctor and make sure that you know if you have any medical issues that can be affected by what you eat. Keep an open mind about alternative therapies and things like going Vegan or Vegetarian.