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Nutrition Misinformation and Fraud

Find resources to help identify nutrition misinformation and fraudulent health claims, which provide false, incomplete, or misleading information about foods, nutrients, diets, supplements, or weight loss products. 

Evaluating Internet Health Information

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This tutorial from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) explains how to evaluate online health information, including nutrition topics. 

Nutrition Misinformation: How to Identify Fraud and Misleading Claims

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This fact sheet from Colorado State University (CSU) Extension shares methods for identifying reliable sources of nutrition information and recognizing questionable products and claims. 

Separating Nutritional Facts from Fiction Webinar

Seperating Nutritional Facts from Fiction screenshot of webinar

Join registered dietitians Courtney Thompson and James Cain as they answer popular questions about nutrition and how to find reputable, science-driven information about human nutrition, including diets, fats, carbs, supplements, and disease prevention. 

Understanding Misinformation

Health Fraud Product Database

Browse products with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) health fraud violations, including dietary supplements with suspicious health claims and foods with new or undeclared dietary ingredients. 

Finding and Evaluating Online Resources  
NIH, National Center for Complementary and Integration Health
Get information about finding credible health and dietary supplement information on the Internet, social media, and mobile apps (also in Spanish/Español).

Health Misinformation Reports and Publications  
HHS, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General
Explore reports and resources related to health misinformation, including the "Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation," which is available in English and Spanish/Español

Common Health Scams  
FDA, Consumer Advice
Discover how to identify common health scams for dietary supplements and other health products (also in Spanish/Español)

The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads 
 FDA, Consumer Advice
Use these tips for spotting false claims in weight loss product ads (also in Spanish/Español)

Is This Legit? Accessing Valid and Reliable Health Information 
NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Advance Addiction Science 
Teach high school students (grades 9-12) how to identify credible sources of health information using this lesson plan and worksheet.