Q is for Quackery

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Randi Karlinsky MS, RDN, LDN, CHC, NASM-CPT

As we continue through the alphabet, the letter “Q” seems to be getting more and more difficult to write about. We have already discussed the CoQ10 and Quercetin, so instead of finding some obscure nutrient that starts with the letter Q (if another one even exists), we are going to discuss the term “quackery” within the scope of nutrition.

According to the dictionary, quackery is defined as the “dishonest practices and claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically medicine.” Unfortunately we see a LOT of this in the nutrition field. Nutrition quackery is all over the internet where many try to provide nutrition advice without the proper education and the credentials necessary to do so. Every time I log online, there’s a new diet or product that claims to be “the next big thing in weight loss because it works!” Sadly, I am here to tell you that if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.

There are plenty of resources out there that provide accurate evidenced-based information, especially on the topic of nutrition. In order to determine if a site or author is legit or not, check their credentials. If they are a Registered Dietitian like myself, you can trust what they have written is accurate. If they don’t have these credentials, dig a little deeper to see what kind of background they do have. However, there are very few credentials outside of RDN that grant someone the expertise to provide nutrition recommendations, especially personalized.

Keep in mind, LifeStart’s RDs are always available to answer your questions, so don’t be shy! We will guide you to sources we know and trust to make sure you don’t get sucked into the deep hole of false claims made by those who practice nutrition quackery!