"Fake News" is Very Real in the Health/Fitness World
Over the past 10 - 15 years a number of websites, books, documentaries, TV personalities, and even some lone “gurus” on social media have popped up on the scene challenging many of the long time conventional beliefs on food and diet. Some have even developed a cult like following while also being labeled “quacks” by those who oppose their viewpoint. While we believe encouraging people to question the food they eat and being more aware of what they put in their bodies is a positive consequence of these movements, it is equally important to beware of those pushing a radical agenda to sell a product or simply passing along misinformation. So much contradictory information only serves to confuse and frustrate people looking to improve their health. In order to clear up confusion and decipher between what is truth and what are erroneous claims in the form of anecdotes and personal beliefs consider the following 3 questions:
1. Are the claims backed by references from peer-reviewed journals such as pub med? (Articles shared from other gurus are not considered legitimate sources)
2. Have the claims been studied, verified, and reproducible? (If not it’s an opinion and considered pseudoscience)
3. Are the claims bold and based on bad evidence such as personal experience? (“Because it worked for me” is not good enough to make it a fact)
By the way just because a click bait link starts with Harvard study....doesn’t mean it passes the above criteria. Beware of sensationalizing headlines!