Need instant nutrition information? E-nutrition advice is just a few mouse clicks away. How do you know what is trustworthy when search engines list legitimate and less reliable sites side-by-side?
Media savvy doesn’t apply just to magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, and books. Exercise the same healthy skepticism you would with any resource. To judge nutrition cyber-advice:
- Identify the website sponsor and the sites it links to. Suffixes offer a clue to the source: .org (associations), .edu (educational institutions), .gov (government), .com (commercial). To appear credible, any website may hyperlink to expert sites. Commercial (.com) sites, with a marketing focusing, may—or may not—offer credible information to educate consumers.
- Check for updates. Reliable sources are updated frequently.
(Less reliable sources may be too.)
- Ask for an expert critique. A registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) can give you a science-based perspective.
- Determine the website’s main objective; is it education or primarily advertising?
To findscience-based online advicequickly, use a gateway, linked to many responsible organizations and websites.
- U.S. Government: www.healthfinder.gov and www.nutrition.gov
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: www.eatright.org
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: 365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association (Wiley 2004), Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS