Information Overload

Access to information is great, but do you ever just feel overwhelmed by it, suffocated even? An online search for nutrition, healthy diet, or meal plan pulls up millions of results each. Think getting more specific will help you out? An inquiry for diabetes nutrition also gives you more than 150 million links.

Recently on social media I have spotted an article entitled “5 Foods to Never Eat” shared a multitude of times. I cringe when I see such things. Why? Because I am afraid that the people sharing it are believing it. Clinging to it as the absolute truth. Articles such as this abound and are circulating across social media platforms rapidly.

The very next day you might see one of those “foods never to eat” on another list, “5 of the Greatest Foods Ever.” The point is, conflicting nutrition information is EVERYWHERE. So, what is one to do?

Check the credentials of the author. Are they experts in the field on which they are writing? A medical doctor may be extremely educated in their area of specialty, but most have received no formal nutrition education. Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. Nutrition is in fact a science, not an opinion.

Make sure the information is science-based. Exaggerated health articles are rampant on the Internet. They draw people in with ludicrous, eye-catching titles but leave the reader with inaccurate even downright dangerous information.

Finally, is the information or advice practical? Don’t buy into the never do this, always do that, lose 50 pounds in a week with this one simple habit! Move on from absurd, outrageous claims and find a reputable source for accurate information.

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