As I read the news this morning, I am again shocked but not surprised.


The Washington Post has an article about how registered dietitians are being paid to post videos that promote diet soda, sugar, and supplements on Instagram and TikTok!!



Nutrition Information on Social Media – Be Savvy


Nutrition information on social media can be as diverse as your favorite smoothie bowl toppings.


How can you tell if it’s factual or just a bunch of empty calories?


Here are some tips to help you decipher the truth:


Paid Advertising


In social media posts about artificial sweeteners or other nutritional information, if there is a claim of paid advertising, look to see who paid for it.


Also, a responsible professional will add disclaimers to their posts.


Peer-Reviewed Research


Reliable nutrition info often cites scientific studies.


Check if the post references peer-reviewed research articles to back its claims.


Beware of Quick Fixes


If any post or account promises miraculous weight loss or instant health gains, be skeptical!


Real nutrition is about long-term habits, not magic bullets.


Too Good to Be True? It Probably Is


If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, it usually is.


Sustainable health takes effort and time.


Spot Unrealistic Claims


Red flags include:

  • “100% detox”
  • “Cure-all”
  • “Guaranteed results”.


Nutrition is a complex field; there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.


Fact-Check with Multiple Sources


Cross-reference information from various trusted sources to get a balanced perspective.


Personalize Your Journey


Remember, what works for one person may not work for another.


Tailor your nutrition choices to your unique needs and goals.


Look for Disclaimers


Trustworthy sources often include disclaimers about the general nature of the information provided.


Seek Guidance from a Certified Health Coach


Not everything on social media is true.


It’s so difficult to know – especially when professionals are sponsored and sending the wrong message.


If you’d like health support, or find a post confusing about a health topic, reach out!


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