FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Websites: How reliable are they?


 

The article provides good advice for any website, but especially medical or nutrition websites.  They often seem to promote misinformation that sometimes borders on the absurd or at the least,  unsubstantiated by sound research.

Who can you believe? The term “nutritionist” is not legally defined and is used by a wide variety of people from those who seek a PhD from a non-accredited school to health food store representatives with no formal training. Registered Dietitians (RD) are nutritional professionals who have completed a a four year college degree and additionally  have met established criteria to certify them to provide nutrition counseling. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Medical Association and the American Institute for Cancer Research are non -profit organizations that provide reliable sources of nutrition information.

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Dangerous Supplements

Some diet supplements can cause serious harm. This is not surprising due to the fact that the FDA does not require any supplement  be tested for safety or efficacy until a problem occurs.  An internet search showed that this particular product was sold by many online supplement suppliers. Buyer beware!!!

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