Enlarge / Various seeds and dried fruit mixture. Seeds and dried fruits are a source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Currently, healthy eating includes both foods as an integral part. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) (credit: Getty | Roberto Machado Noa )

As a new year dawns and we try to recover from a 2016 hangover, many of us will be reassessing our diets, health, and waistlines. It’s an annual tradition that naturally follows indulgent holiday feasting. But, after many spent the year stress-eating, our 2017 resolutions may be our firmest yet... maybe.

So, what did we learn from researchers in 2016 that we could apply to our totally firm 2017 diet and health resolutions? Plenty. Some of it is even useful.

Like any year, 2016 served up a heaping pile of low-quality nutrition studies and forehead-slapping dietary advice and headlines. Federal dietary guidelines, meanwhile, got their five-year reboot and remained largely unchanged. Yet, there were some illuminating revelations to keep in mind as we chew over our diet choices. Most notable of those is the extent to which the food industry has been messing with our minds—and our research. Plus, 2016 saw some scientific insights into why dieting doesn’t reliably pan out.

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