In Episode #225 I sit down with Alan Flanagan, PhD to discuss the health implications of consuming dairy.
“What we’re seeing in [the online conversation about dairy] is a real urge to portray this food group in the most negative light possible.”
Misinformation is an ongoing occurrence in online nutrition conversations. The capacity to spread misinformation to huge audiences is only a few clicks away, and many laypeople aren’t equipped to accurately evaluate these claims. Similarly, there are many instances where ideology may influence people to ignore the evidence. Dr Alan Flanagan joins me today to discuss this in the context of dairy.
Alan Flanagan, PhD is a researcher and science-based nutrition educator. He is also the founder of Alinea Nutrition, an online education hub dedicated to providing impartial, science-based nutrition analysis. With an extensive nutrition background and a PhD focus on meal timing and behaviours, Dr Flanagan is very well positioned to shine a light on the nutrition landscape.
“We have more than sufficient information to act — the barrier is because of these wider social, economic, political, and other determinants that are influencing what’s on someone’s plate.”
In this episode, we have a broader conversation about misinformation and public health before specifically examining dairy. We discuss whether you can trust industry-funded studies, the representation of dairy on social media, and how much information we actually have.
Specifically, we cover:
- Intro [0:00]
- Why we’re discussing Dairy [2:32]
- Social Media & Industry Funding [13:22]
- Cardiovascular Disease [23:40]
- Dairy Compared to What? [35:58]
- The PURE Study [52:48]
- Metabolic Health [1:02:33]
- Blood Glucose [1:10:32]
- Weight Gain [1:15:56]
- Inflammation [1:21:19]
- Cancer [1:29:24]
- Acne [1:38:23]
- Bone Health [1:43:45]
- Bringing it all Together [1:58:50]
- Outro [2:02:03]
Despite my personal diet choices, I believe it is important to also consider foods with an objective, nutrition-focused lens. There are strong ethical and environmental reasons to exclude animal products from your diet, but developing a cohesive understanding means people can be healthier and feel more empowered in their food choices. Dr Alan Flanagan provides an excellent space to do so in today’s episode.
To connect with Dr Alan Flanagan, you can do so via his Instagram. You can also learn more about Alinea Nutrition at https://www.alineanutrition.com/. Listen to his past appearance on the podcast at Episode #159, where we discuss keeping your heart healthy through diet.
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More about Alan Flanagan, PhD
Alan is currently a PhD candidate in nutrition at the University of Surrey, having completed his Masters degree in nutrition science at the same institution. Alan is the founder of Alinea Nutrition, an online education hub dedicated to providing impartial, science-based nutrition analysis. Alan is also Research Communication Officer for Sigma Nutrition, creating educational resources for nutrition science. Originally a lawyer by background in Dublin, Ireland, Alan spent a decade practicing as a barrister before moving into science.
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