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Sponsored: Food Fears vs Food Facts

Sponsored: Food Fears vs Food Facts

There's a lot of information as well as misinformation about food and nutrition these days. It can definitely get confusing. 

Here are tips to sort out the science from the pseudoscience:

  • Who? Who's writing or making claims?... does the person have a university degree or advanced training in an area?  Are they a Registered Dietitian, do they have a PhD in nutrition science or are they a well-intentioned but misinformed blogger with a no education or training? 
  • Why? What's in it for the person? Are they making money through affiliate links? Selling supplements?  Check the "store" or "services" on their websites and see what they sell. Red flags include detox kits, cleanses and supplements. 
  • What? What's their connection to food or nutrition? Who pays them and why are they promoting certain products? And do they disclose these relationships?
  • How? Are they promoting 'food as medicine'? Do they make claims that food or supplements can cure diseases or do they encourage you to seek appropriate medical advice? 

Bottom Line: Before you buy supplements or believe claims about specific foods or a diet; make sure you know you're getting advice from a good source!

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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