May 2017 Issue

Cutting Through the Online Nutrition Hype

The Internet puts massive amounts of nutrition information at our fingertips, but not all of it is reliable. Here’s our plan for separating the helpful from the hype.

What do we do when we have a nutrition question? Search the Internet, of course. In a 2016 study, 85 percent of people surveyed used the Internet to search for health and/or nutrition information. But not all the information online is reliable. “Conflicts of interest and biases can impact how information is presented,” says Timothy Caulfield, a professor and researcher at the University of Alberta, who studies health and science in pop culture and media. “We need to be cautious about how we learn online.”

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