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How to Avoid Fake News: Nutrition Edition

by | Mar 29, 2017 | Eat Healthier

With so much noise and fake nutrition news online, how’s a guy like you supposed to tell the goods from the fakery? Take those “healthy” $4 energy bars at the convenience store: They claim to provide fuel for workouts, when in fact they aren’t all that different from candy bars full of sugar.

So what’s a guy to do? How about next time you’re in a rush, have these ingredients at hand so you can take our awesome Healthiest, Easiest Grab & Go Snack for Men. Don’t worry you can still get some M&M’s in there too!

Amongst these so called “healthy” foods, a lot of us guys get duped into buying supplements that claim to be our magic bullet to shredding fat and looking awesome. But come on, Superman didn’t get that way by sitting his ass on the couch all day.

So let’s cut through the BS of fake nutrition news and ask these three questions when you’re scanning through the web:

  • Is the website promising a “quick fix” or a “miracle cure?” Is it trying to sell something instead of educating you about better food choices? If there’s a price tag attached, there are probably strings attached, too. Words that should raise a red flag are “detoxify,” “purify,” and “cleanse.” Don’t worry, reliable sites do exist out there: we’re getting to that!
  • Does the information come from personal opinions rather than scientific evidence? Are “facts” provided that sound too good to be true? You know what they say: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These days, it can be hard to separate “alternative facts” and personal views from science-based objectivity.
  • Finally, if you’re reading benefits that the product will give you and the website has not listed where the information has come from, chances are that the claims are bogus… again, too good to be true? Move on!

So remember when we mentioned there are reliable sources out there?  Well not to toot our own horn but as a non-profit we do our best to give you info that is damn right legit. Check out our DontChangeMuch.ca blog for other great reliable advice. 

Adam Bisby
Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two who has been covering men’s health for more than 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines such as Explore, Reader’s Digest and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN and Toronto.com. Visit Adam’s website for more information on what he does.

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