Surfing the Internet for Nutrition and Dietetic Information
The Food and Nutrition Science Alliance published in the Food Facts Asia, 2nd quarter, 1999, a reminder to those who rely on cyberspace for nutrition information and advice. While it is truly encouraging to consult the internet because of its accessibility, ease and fast service, users are reminded to be discerning in differentiating fact from fiction. Careful scrutiny and a healthy dose of skepticism are necessary.
Below are useful reminders, referred to as "10 Red Flags of Junk Science". Be careful of information that contains:
- Recommendations that promise a quick fix.
- Dire warnings of danger from a single product or regimen.
- Claims that sound too good to be true.
- Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex study.
- Recommendations based on a single study.
- Dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations.
- Lists of "good" and "bad" foods.
- Recommendations based on studies published without peer review.
- Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups.