To Trust or Not to Trust: Navigating Through Nutrition Information Online By: Krizia Tatangelo

Have you ever used the internet to learn more about nutrition? Or unintentionally came across nutrition information whether through a friend’s Facebook post, a blog or an advertisement?

The quantity of nutrition information available online continues to increase, however the quality and credibility of the information we encounter will vary. Therefore, it’s important we are able to separate the facts from fiction.

How to determine the reliability of a website or resource online?
Ask yourself the following questions:

 Does the website promise a quick fix or a miracle cure?
 Is there a reason I should mistrust the person, organization or company of the website?
 Are they trying to sell something, rather than educate me on how to make better food choices?
 Are the writers of the website unqualified to be giving nutrition information?
 Do the facts sound too good to be true?
 Is the information supported by scientific evidence, or are the facts a person’s opinion?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the website(s) may not be best source of information.

If you are unsure of the quality of the resources online, or have further questions, speak to a Registered Dietitian. Dietitians are experts in nutrition, who are more than happy to provide you accurate as well as individualized nutrition information.

Reliable Websites on Nutrition:
www.dietitians.ca

www.eatrightontario.ca

www.healthycanadians.gc.ca

February 21, 2017