What are confounding factors (and how does it skew our opinions about stuff)

Many people try to warn us about our diets.

But:

In almost every case, they use confounding factors as a crutch to prove that they have a superior diet than ours. This “confounding factors logical fallacy” uses a loose association to confirm a diet’s benefits.

Confounding bias occurs when our results mislead us to think that one testing variable causes an outcome… but it was really a third test variable that caused a result…

And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, correlation is not causation.

This is an excellent short video showing a confounding factors example. We see why drinking coffee might have nothing to do with developing lung cancer:

This video goes broader and more into the weeds of broader logical fallacy – selection bias:

Punchline: I am SUPER leery of epidemiological, statistical or association study results when choosing the right diet for me. Instead, I dig hard to find scientific, randomized controlled studies that skip any confounding factors or selection biases.