Can I trust nutrition information I get from newspapers and magazines?

Yes, but the better question is should you?

The nutritional information presented in most mainstream national newspapers and magazines has been taken from sources that are well researched and have at least some scientific backing. However to protect yourself, always look for where the information has come from, such as the experts names, websites, publications and journals that are listed as sources for the article and check these out for yourself before incorporating the advise into your health plan.

While it is fairly safe to assume that the authors in major national publications have indeed made use of reputable sources, that doesn’t mean the information is right for you. Always take into consideration what you already know about nutrition. Although there is a great deal of conflicting information about what constitutes healthy eating (to carb or not, how much protein or water is enough, the effects of sugar, etc), sound scientific study does eventually lead to generalizations that are good for almost everyone.

In 2009, the scientific community does not dicker about whether a high volume of fruits and vegetables are good for us. But yes, the current celebrity fruit or vegetable of choice may vary from source to source depending upon research. Although blueberries have been ousted by acai berries and noni juice as the top anti-oxidant provider, that doesn’t make blueberries any less good for you. And while eggs have garnered a bad rap in the past because of their high levels of cholesterol, science now confirms that it is good cholesterol and they should be eaten in moderation.

So always take the nutritional advise you read with a grain of salt. Something may be making the headlines because it is new and exciting, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw away all that you already know. A general rule of thumb is that if something doesn’t make sense to you or integrate well with what you already know, look into it more. There is no substitute for your own research and opinions.

Find trusted sources for this process such as medical websites, university health and scientific study departments, publications from industry experts, and a trusted local expert like a nutritionist, naturopathic doctor, or dietician. Take in all the information you can gather about a topic of interest and then sift through it distilling the information down to the golden nuggets of your own personal wisdom. Happy reading!