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How To Find Credible Nutrition Information On The Web

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Nutrition facts or fallacy – Teri offers her tips to help you identify credible online nutrition information from the not-so-credible.


In today’s digitally-connected world, it seems that “Dr Google” is usually our first port of call, when it comes to seeking advice or information about health and nutrition. But with bloggers and so-called nutrition experts so readily publishing information on the internet, it can be tricky to know what nutrition information is accurate and reliable, and what isn’t. So here are a few easy rules to help you identify the credible online nutrition info, from the junk!

Tip 1. Check the author’s credentials

Before reading the actual content of an article or web page, scan the page until you find the author.  If an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) has written the content (or at least been quoted in the article), this is your first tick of approval that the information will be credible and backed by scientific evidence.

Tip 2. What is the URL?

Scan the website link and look for addresses ending in “org”, “edu” or “gov”. Whilst many companies or commercial organisations will sponsor reputable scientific studies, you can rest assured that if the information is coming from a government or university source, it is unlikely to be skewed by commercial interests.

Tip 3. Check for accuracy

When it comes to nutrition accuracy, the key is to check whether the website and associated content is backed by scientific research. Ask yourself questions such as “does this organisation have a medical/scientific advisory group who backs up the research?” “Has a health professional (ideally an Accredited Practicing Dietitian) reviewed the nutrition information?” Just because a web page has a catchy nutrition heading, doesn’t necessarily mean it is accurate!

Tip 4. A different perspective

Like most scientific subjects, when it comes to nutrition topics, there is often conflicting evidence. For every scientific publication and professional opinion on any nutrition topic, there are often areas that need further research. Beware of websites that only present one opinion. A nutritionally sound source of information will, ideally, present different perspectives on the one nutrition topic.

How To Find Credible Nutrition Information On The Web
Teri Lichtenstein
Accredited Nutritionist (AN), Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist