Fraud and Nutrition Misinformation

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Find resources and information for spotting suspicious health claims and links for checking out food and nutrition myths and misinformation. Includes resources specific to weight loss diets and products.



Nutrition Information on the Internet

Consumer Corner: Online Health Information

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Useful collection of guidelines and information designed to help Internet users learn how to evaluate health claims and products.


Consumer Protection: Health and Fitness

Federal Trade Commission.

Offers information to help consumers recognize fraudulent claims or ads about products and services related to health and fitness.


Evaluating Internet Health Information

NIH. National Library of Medicine.

A tutorial for learning how to evaluate health information found on the internet.


National Council Against Health Fraud

National Council Against Health Fraud.

Private nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems.


Quackwatch logo Quackwatch

Quackwatch.

Nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.


Weight Loss Diets and Products

Weight Loss Products, Programs, and Diets

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.

Offers analysis of weight loss products and plans; examples of ineffective products are given.


Weight-loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends (PDF | 1.5 Mb)

Federal Trade Commission.

September 2002 report analyzing current trends in weight loss advertising.