Consider the Source 0
Posted on 4, March 2018
in Category Tips
March is National Nutrition Month and I want to share some of my reasons why I hope you will consider where you get your nutrition information.
The advice to “consider the source” is perhaps one of the best critical thinking tools I recommend when someone starts to say the phrase “I read that…” or “I heard that….” Thanks to nearly unlimited access to the Internet, nutrition information is more accessible than ever. However, this is a double-edged sword in that anyone can create a website and offer diet advice, no credentialing needed. Have you taken the time to browse a blogger’s “about me” page to view their credentials before heeding their advice? This blog post is about helping you decide why it is a worthy investment to take the time to determine if your source of nutrition information is credible.
I do believe there are well-meaning bloggers who truly do want to help people. However, much of the nutrition information found in nutrition blogs is misinformed at best. Many times you’ll see blogs based on one particular diet, such as Paleo, Ketogenic or Veganism and the advice is based on the experience of the author. Just because someone has a passion or interest in nutrition, does not make him/her a nutrition expert.
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists are the nutrition experts. In order to achieve this credential, one must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a 900+ hour internship and pass a board exam, along with maintain continuing education within their field. They are the men and women that are certified to offer Medical Nutrition Therapy. There are also Registered Dietetic Technicians that work alongside dietitians have an Associate’s Degree and have completed an internship as well.
Physicians and other health professionals may have taken one nutrition course in school, but typically don’t have formal nutrition training. Personal trainers and health coaches may have one chapter in their certification course devoted to nutrition and should not be offering nutrition recommendations. There are certifications in nutrition coaching, which allows individuals to make general nutrition guidance, but these vary widely in credibility. And there is not a certification that allows individuals to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy; only a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist may do so.
Looking for a nutrition blog from credible sources? There are hundreds of blogs written by dietitians. The Nutrition Blog Network catalogs those blogs here. http://www.nutritionblognetwork.com/directory/
Looking for credible nutrition information?
American Heart Association
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
International Food Information Council (IFIC)
The Mayo Clinic
The Nutrition Source: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health