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30. You Can Trust the Advice of Nutrition Experts

If you want legal advice, you seek the expertise of a lawyer. If you need a knee operation, you should visit an orthopedic surgeon. If you want nutrition advice, to whom should you turn? Of course you want to speak with a credible expert who has training in the field of nutrition. So, who are these people and where do you find them?


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32. You Can Obtain Accurate Nutrition Information on the Internet

Mark Twain once said,“Be careful about reading health books.You could die of a misprint.” If he was alive today, he probably would have included websites that dole out health advice.More than 60 percent of American adult Internet users have surfed millions of websites looking for health and medical information.

Don’t assume that a slick website is a sound website. Although many websites, such as Shape Up America! ( and the Tufts Health & Nutrition Newsletter ( provide credible, reliable, up-to-date nutrition information, many, many others do not. Remember, anyone with computer skills can put up a website. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) of United States has developed.

10 questions that you should consider when viewing a nutrition- or health-related website


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33. Quack watchers

Consumers beware. The snake oil salespeople of yesteryear never left the building. They just left the oil behind and moved on to selling nutrition supplements and other products that are not based on science. These skilled salespeople introduce health fears into your mind and then try to sell services and products to allay these newly created fears. They make unrealistic promises and guarantees.

To avoid falling for one of their shady schemes, you should be leery of infomercials, magazine ads, and websites that try to convince you that:

Most Americans are not adequately nourished.


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34. Two Points of View

Does Food Advertising Contribute to an Unhealthy Diet? The United States food industry spends billions of dollars per year to market and advertise products; in fact, the Federal Trade Commission found that in 2006, $1.6 billion was spent on marketing to children and adolescents alone. Unfortunately, most of that amount is used to promote highly processed, highly packaged foods and much of it involves cross-promotional campaigns that tie products to movies, television shows, and animated characters.


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35. Matter for review



  • Be a Nutrition Sleuth
  • Spotting a Bogus Weight-Loss Product
  • When a miraculous weight-loss product sounds a little too good to be true, it probably is! Identify the signs of a bogus product at
  • Get Real!
  • Find Online Information You Can Use
  • Don’t know where to begin to find credible nutrition information on the Internet?
  • Visit  for a reliable starting point.

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