How to Spot Bad Nutrition Advice

Fad diets, celebrity “miracle” weight loss diets and cures, supplements that will change your life…

Let’s face it! You’re exposed to an overwhelming amount of nutrition advice – on the Internet, in magazines, on television, and even from well-meaning family and friends.

But how do you know which is good advice and which is bad advice?

A recent article posted at provides a great list of signs that can help you spot when someone is giving you bad nutrition advice. The following is a summary.

They recommend eliminating an entire food group. Unless you have an allergy or intolerance, eliminating a single food group will not be helpful – and you may miss out on a lot of important nutrients.

They claim that a single food can “cure” you. There is no single “magic” food that can cure an illness or make you lose weight.

They promise a quick fix. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss – slow and steady wins the race!

They’re too focused on selling. If they’re more focused on trying to get you to buy their products than providing you with sound nutrition advice, be wary.

Their “evidence” is based on opinions, antidotes and/or testimonials. Good nutrition advice is supported by sound scientific evidence.

They’re not qualified to provide nutrition advice. It’s important to know the background and credentials of the person giving you nutrition advice. Be aware, the titles “nutritionist” and “nutrition expert” are not regulated – that means anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” or “nutrition expert”. While some are educated and truly qualified, many are not. The most reliable source of nutrition information is a licensed professional – a Registered Dietitian (look for the initials RD, PDt or DtP behind their name) or a doctor with specific training in nutrition.

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