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September 12, 2017

What the Health, a documentary released earlier this year, has been increasingly buzzing in the social media world.

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Unfortunately, it mixes facts with half-truths with outright inaccuracies. Its message isn’t scientifically or medically sound.

Even more unfortunately, it’s too complicated and lengthy to explain why in a blog post or other brief format.

This the heart of the problem when it comes to health information.

As is often the case with these types of exposés, the documentary is certainly captivating, with dramatic reenactments and snazzy editing. But there’s simply too much scientific literature on the topics to present them in any real way in 90 minutes. Plus, doing so would make the film less dramatic and therefore less marketable.

Take, for instance, the film’s crusade against eggs.

The notion that eggs are incredibly unhealthy due to their cholesterol content has been debunked. Our recent dietary guidelines reflect this. And the supposed deleterious effects of saturated...

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