It can be hard to tease out fact from fiction when we are constantly surrounded by messages in regards to nutrition. Some health and nutrition claims are false and are not backed up by research. Here are some tips to help you differentiate between a credible source and fictitious claims.
1 – If the person is promising a quick fix, it is definitely not to be trusted. Making changes to your health requires a lot of commitment and time by adopting healthy eating habits and exercising regularly.
2- They provide information based on their life stories rather than research studies. Or, there has only been one study published on the topic. One study is not enough to make conclusive decisions or to provide credible nutrition information.
3- What are the person’s qualifications? Unqualified people can call themselves nutritionists because this title is not protected in Ontario. As such, it is important to seek out information regarding credentials. If the person is a registered dietitian, it means that they must comply with the College of Dietitians Regulatory Body and they have the necessary qualifications to provide you with credible and evidence-based nutrition advice.
Stephanie Aboueid, RD