These skeptics are using science to fight a wave of bad nutrition advice on the Internet

These skeptics are using science to fight a wave of bad nutrition advice on the Internet

Finding health information online is easy. Cutting through the clutter and getting facts is very difficult. There’s a cacophony of voices, each saying something different. The confusion worsens when charlatans provide false hope and bad advice.

But there is a glimmer of hope. Scientists and researchers are working to debunk the most egregious health myths and educate Americans with evidence-based, factual information. Let’s call them skeptics, myth-busters or debunkers. In any case, this group is collectively using science to fight back against the pseudoscience (like fad diets and quack cancer cures). What advice do they offer so we find better information online? I spoke to four myth-busters to find out.

Food for Thought from USDA Nutrition Teammates

Food for Thought from USDA Nutrition Teammates

Frequent family meals have consistently been associated with better health outcomes in children. It should come as no surprise that USDA nutrition employees were one of the first groups within our Department to formally convene around our new USDA Strategic Goals. That’s why USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) hosted a first-of-its-kind USDA Intra-Departmental Nutrition Workshop Series. More than 70 staff from across the Department participated, with the goal of maximizing USDA nutrition-relevant agencies’ individual and collective abilities to ensure data-driven approaches to provide Americans with safe, nutritious, and secure food.

Letter: A food science perspective on veganism

Letter: A food science perspective on veganism

I am a graduate student in nutritional science at Iowa State. Following Edan Lambert’s response to your opinion piece “Hays: Eat Less Meat,” I would like to offer the food science and human nutrition perspective. Your claims are worrisome and misleading, so I would like to fill in some missing details.

What’s new in food and nutrition for 2018

What’s new in food and nutrition for 2018

In many respects, the world of nutrition doesn’t change as much as some headlines would have you believe. Vegetables have always been good for you, and there are very, very few paradigm shifts of the “everything you thought you knew about nutrition is wrong” sort. Very few. That said, here are six interesting shifts that may change how you shop and eat in 201

What Is the Health and Nutritional Value of Mushrooms?

What Is the Health and Nutritional Value of Mushrooms?

Mushrooms may lack the deep green or brilliant red hues consumers have come to associate with nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, but they are a “powerhouse of nutrition” and not a white food to be avoided, said Angela Lemond, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.