We use common sense criteria to debunk myths and filter the information on this site. Here are a few examples.
- Consider the source. Is it coming from an individual or organization that has credibility in the nutrition science space? Does this individual or organization have any special interests (e.g., the Gatorade Sports Science Institute), and are they declared? Does the source have an established track record and position in the nutrition science field? Are they trying to sell you a product, service, diet plan, philosophy, etc.? Are they making their point at the expense of others in the field?
- Content is king. What is the nature of the content? Does it start with a sensational headline, a list of the top ten things you should or shouldn’t eat, or use hyperbole to make its point? Are there any references to real data, peer reviewed science, or an established field of study? Are scientific elements referenced, or is it entirely opinion? Is there reference to a “study” but no original sources provided?
- Establish reliable relationships with sources that can be trusted. Pay attention to what they are saying. Establish the context of their work (medicine, nutrition, diet, policy, etc.). Truly effective food system change is about establishing and reestablishing relationships with primary sources of real-whole-natural food and those who have knowledge about food (farmers, chefs, nutrition scientists, doctors, public health advocates, etc.).
- Mythology, marketing, and flimflam. Is the source promoting the idea that all calories are the same or “everything in moderation” thinking? The energy balance hypothesis? One size fits all diets? Is there something being sold? Who sponsors the site or information? Are there obvious conflicts of interest clouding their perspectives?
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