Evaluating Online Health Claims and Information

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Advances in technology have many benefits including access to a vast amount of information our fingertips. However, we must take caution that the information we are receiving is correct, especially when it comes to health claims and information. Whether you are searching for information to help manage a health condition or you come across a health claim while scrolling through social media, it’s important to be sure that the information is safe and reliable. So, how can you do this?

Ask questions about the source, their intentions, where they get their information, and their sponsors. Just because a health or nutrition video or website looks professional doesn’t mean that it’s a credible source for health information. Below are a few questions you can ask yourself about websites, social media posts, or other sources of nutrition/health information on the internet.

1. Who is giving the information?

  • Who is in charge of the website or account that is sharing this information?
  • What is the purpose of sharing this information?
  • What action are they asking from you?

Know your websites. Website domains ending in .edu are usually run by universities, colleges, or educational institutions. Websites ending with .gov are owned and operated by the government. If you come across health websites ending with .org and .com as they can be owned and operated by anyone.

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2. Is the information credible?

  • Is the information based on research?
  • Is the information recent?
  • Are the claims too good to be true?

Pay attention if the information is not based on research or is out of date. Look for the most current information possible as research is always advancing.

3. Who benefits from giving this information?

  • Is there a sponsor paying someone to share this information?
  • What do the sponsor or the entity sharing the information stand to gain?
  • Are they asking for money?

Keep all of these questions in mind as you navigate health claims on the internet and don’t forget to do your research. Be sure to consult your medical care provider before trying new health products or practices.