Nutrition is a topic of interest to almost everyone. The information that is available to the general public has dramatically expanded over the years. It is impossible to listen to the radio, watch TV, read a magazine, surf the internet, and even talk with friends and relatives without being bombarded with nutrition information and opinions. Unfortunately, along with the good there is a significant amount of misinformation from all of these sources. Having been a dietitian/nutritionist for over 40 years, the fads and trends come and go – and then often come again. What was once good for you is now bad for you and what was bad for you may now be acceptable – at least for the time being. Beware, however:
- Not all sources of nutrition information are reputable or accurate.
- Be especially careful to check the facts if the information is endorsing or selling a product.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Anyone with health issues must be very careful – just because it is food, doesn’t mean it is harmless.
- While herbal supplements have become very popular, there isn’t good research to support claims, nor is there governmental oversight to ensure safety and truthfulness of claims. Many can actually be detrimental to health at the worst and ineffective at the least. Testing has shown that many products have little or no content of the nutrient that is supposed to be the main ingredient.