Nutrition advice from the web and social media is becoming more and more common. It is a convenient way to learn about healthy eating, but its getting harder to figure what’s legitimate and what’s not. So how can you tell fact from fiction? Here are some questions to ask yourself when you come across nutrition advice online:
1. Does the post or article promise a “miracle cure” or “quick fix” with a particular diet or food item? These phrases usually indicate that the information being presented is not scientifically proven. Some other words to watch out for are “cleanse”, “detoxify” and “purify”. If the nutrition claims sound too good to be true, they probably are.
2. Is the website or organization giving nutrition advice a credible source? Are the claims being made by a registered dietitian or another health care professional specializing in nutrition? If not, then you may want to think twice before following their advice.
3. Is the post or article meant to help the reader make healthier food choices or are they trying to sell a product. Do more research before falling for a good sales pitch!
It is sometimes hard to tell which of the countless nutrition claims are based on scientific evidence and which are just fads. Filter the info you come across on the web with the questions above. If you’d like to improve your health with nutrition, don’t consult Dr. Internet – see a Registered Dietitian for the most up to date, evidence based information about healthy eating!