Tip of the Day
Web of Confusion
People are resolving to start 2013 anew by losing weight. Many of us will be searching for tips on blogs and other social media sites for healthful eating advice and nutrition information. While there is plenty of reliable, consumer-friendly nutrition information available online, there is also much nutrition hype, fad diets, misleading reports and nutrition quackery.
Determine if a website, blog, or other social media platform providing the information is reliable by asking if the resource:
- Clearly identifies its purpose
- Identifies who runs the site
- Names the writers or maybe the editorial reviews or board, with their credentials and perhaps an affiliation
- Provides facts and cited sources, not just opinions
- Links to credible online sites
- Tells how any information you provide will be used
- Has an educational purpose, or only a hidden guise of sound nutrition advice
- Is free of advertising, including pop-up ads
- Has regular updates and postings.
To get the most accurate, credible and timely food and nutrition information, consult a registered dietitian.
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Reviewed November 2012