Nutrition tips: Online nutrition gossip — who should you trust?

Feeling confused by all the nutrition trends circulating online?

From detox cleanses, to trending raw food or keto diets, how can you tell what’s factual and what’s inaccurate?

1. Look for the “RD” Credentials

When you read a nutrition article online, look for the author’s-interviewee’s credentials.

In Canada, the title “RD” or “P. Dt”stand for Registered Dietitian/Professional Dietitianand is protected by law. Dietitians are regulated professionals who are committed to “evidenced-based practice.”

This means that any recommendation provided by RDs is based on the best available scientific evidence. Fancy articles with an extensive list of referenced studies does not always mean the information is accurate.

2. Ask regulated health professionals

Don’t just rely only on online sources, as this will only feed your confusion.

Although dietitians are in the best position to give nutrition advice, doctors or university researchers with additional nutritional science background, and government agencies tend to also be a reliable source.

3. Beware of “nutrition extremism”

“Wheat and gluten are the reasons why you’re not losing weight;” “Milk causes cancer and humans can’t digest it;” “Carbohydrates make you fat.”

You’ve probably heard these statements before, and they all have one thing in common: they are extreme.

When someone recommends that you should completely avoid a food group (like dairy or grains or red meats, etc.) without knowing your medical history, physical activity levels, or your nutrient requirements, then perhaps you should question that information.

Remember, nutrition is a complex science that is always evolving. New research comes out, adding to what we currently know and recommendations do change and adapt over time based on the latest research.

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Not sure where to find trusted nutrition information? Check out some of the links below:

• https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/



• French only: http://extenso.org/

• Melissa Kazan MSc, RD, is SportMedBC’s registered dietitian and sport nutritionist. She is from Fortius Sport and Health

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