In recent years social media has become an important source for people seeking online health and nutrition information. This is mainly because of it’s easy access, convenient availability and time efficiency.
By the time we are adults most of us are fairly health conscious and know what we should and should not be eating. The Australian Dietary Guidelines is a reputable source which provides all age groups with the recommended daily serves we should consume from the five food groups.
However, how do we determine what a good source is when we are constantly bombarded with facts from non-credible authors offering inaccurate or misleading advice?
It’s important to find sources you can trust and to know how to evaluate their content. A checklist like this one below will help you determine the credibility of the source and identify the fakes.
Credible source checklist:
- Look for websites that end in (.gov )
- Look at websites that have links to their sources
- Check the date of the blog or website, as regularly updated websites indicate a more authentic source
The CRAPP test can also provide a useful tool in determining its authenticity
What can a Dietitian or Nutritionist tell you that Wikipedia or Google can’t?
Well actually plenty!
By sourcing credible information from blogs and websites that have been published from qualified Nutritionist and Dietitians, you can be assured the information has been scientifically researched and not there to exploit or endorse a company or brand.
Tim Crow, an advanced accredited practising dietitian has written over 100 blogs that are scientifically researched and informative. Tim understands a lot of people may find the science behind nutrition and the body to be quite complex and scientific. His blogs provide credible evidenced based nutrition knowledge in plain language.
Crow quotes, “The information you read here is based on the whole field of nutrition science, not just selective areas that support a particular way of thinking”.
Sometimes our curious minds want to know more, mine especially. So for more detailed information try one of these credible websites listed below.
Websites that are evidence based:
- National Health & Research council A helpful website offering current research, health topics and the Australian dietary guidelines
- The eat for health. gov. au A website offering easy to follow advice, and nutrition tips on good eating, along with guidelines and recommended daily serves.
- Nutrition Australia A non-profit, community based organisation offering the latest in scientifically researched nutrition information, current food and health trends.
So what’s the take home message?
Don’t be afraid to dig deeper and research more on a food topic or diet that is of interest to you.
Ask yourself, why is a certain food or trend such as gluten free so popular at the moment? Is it being promoted as healthy, or as a means for profit?
Now that I’ve provided you with the credible tools like the CRAPP test and reputable websites to help identify the fakes out there.You can now focus on more important things like eating a wide variety of foods from the five food groups.
With these key elements in mind, do you know of any other reputable nutrition bloggers that you would recommend?