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10 Tips to Detect Nutrition Misinformation Online

May 3, 2024

Carolyn Kleffman, MS. Nutrition Intern at Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. Christine B. Tenekjian, MPH, RDN at Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center.

Protecting ourselves from nutrition misinformation online can be difficult. Testimonials and paid content creators can be very convincing and push products on consumers. Below, you will find strategies to help you determine if information is trustworthy and beneficial for your health.

10 Tips to Detect Nutrition Misinformation Online. Strategies to help you determine if information is beneficial for your health.

Testimonials and Claims

“I have been using this supplement for ten days and lost 15 lbs, not to mention all my acne is gone! I even grew 2 inches of hair! My skin and nails look the best in years.” – Paid product promoter.

“I can be your coach and help you completely reverse your diabetes. I even monitor your lab work to customize your supplement and meal regimen. Hurry because my rates are going to increase next month. Lock in your deal at $49.99/month. Direct message me for more information.” – A content creator with no credentials related to healthcare

“I have been drinking 10 cups of this elixir and eating 5 lbs of raspberries daily, and I have never felt better. My liver is completely detoxed. Message me to become a member and sell this miracle product to those you love!” -A multilevel marketing salesperson.

Nutrition Misinformation Is Everywhere

Have you seen content like this online? We all have!

Nowadays, it’s hard to know who to trust online with the never-ending barrage of information flooding our newsfeeds. Not only can misinformation drain our pockets, but it can also cause us physical harm. A product or regimen may seem exciting and benign, but the ingredients may interact with our medications! Furthermore, a program could tell us to do the opposite of what our medical team may recommend.

How to Detect False Nutrition Information

So, how do we detect misinformation online and protect ourselves? Here are ten questions we can ask ourselves to determine if something is legitimate and helpful.

  1. Is this product/program promising miracle results?
  2. Is this product/program claiming to be a quick fix?
  3. Is the content creator a healthcare professional? Even if they are, ask yourself the same questions above.
  4. Is the product or program costly? Why is it on my newsfeed?
  5. Does the video or post contain the phrase “paid promotion?”
  6. How arduous is the workout plan, and is it feasible and safe for me to perform?
  7. Does the content make me feel uncomfortable? Am I confused?
  8. What would my medical provider or dietitian think of this product/program?
  9. Could this potentially harm my mental or physical health?
  10. What does the BBB and Consumer Report say about this product/company?

When in Doubt, Ask a Professional

If the questions above need to indicate whether or not the information is misinformation, take the content to your medical provider or dietitian and ask for their insight. Testing a product and program is more beneficial than spending your money and time on it.

Lastly, establishing a relationship and maintaining contact with your medical team is important. Hence, you receive the best, most evidence-based care possible.

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