What are the sources of nutrition information?

Trusted organizations active in nutrition policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Information Center. UU. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So who can you trust? Well, a reliable source of nutrition information is the government. The government's nutritional recommendations are prepared by expert committees that analyze the most recent scientific studies.

This information is then distributed among the country's population to help citizens design a healthy lifestyle. Potentially toxic components in foods or products The best way to minimize exposure to any toxin is to eat a variety of foods from different sources in moderate amounts. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect information on demographic characteristics, sources of nutrition information, and basic knowledge about nutrition. Preliminary test questions included demographic information, an open question about all of the participants' sources of nutrition information, and an assessment of basic nutrition knowledge.

Interestingly, almost half of the participants (46.9%) perceived nutritional information from friends and colleagues as the least reliable source of nutritional information. When comparing the averages, participants who consulted health professionals for nutritional information (10.5 versus 9.6, p %3D 0.0) and those who used online resources (9.7 versus 8.8, p %3D 0.0) scored higher in evaluating nutrition knowledge, compared to those who did not use those resources. Association between sources of nutritional information and nutritional knowledge, based on logistic regression modelsb. Nutrition education, such as reading and interpreting nutrition fact boards, should preferably be provided to adolescents before they reach adulthood, where they have more freedom to make their own decisions than in earlier stages of life.

Figure 11 illustrates the various sources of nutrition information and the extent to which study participants used them when searching for information about nutrition. The pattern of fine moles indicates the proportion of study participants who scored high in the assessment of basic knowledge about nutrition, while the pattern of thick moles indicates the proportion of participants who scored low in the evaluation of basic knowledge about nutrition. In this study, conducted with young adults in the metropolis of Accra, health professionals were considered to be the most reliable source of nutritional information and related to greater knowledge about nutrition, but only a few participants consulted them. It is important to know the sources of nutritional information used in different communities and demographic groups, since the sources of information most frequently visited in a society can be used as an effective tool to disseminate accurate nutritional information to the masses.

Although approximately half of the participants scored highly in the assessment of basic nutrition knowledge, more than half (62.5%) of the participants in this study were unaware of the composition of the nutrition information panel. There is a myriad of information on nutrition available from different sources and whose credibility varies, but a young person's search for nutritional information depends in part on the social context. None of the other sources of nutrition information identified were related to the level of knowledge about nutrition. Data on nutrition information acquisition behaviors are needed to develop community-specific interventions that can promote a life of good nutritional habits and, therefore, good health.

Online resources were the most used source (92.7%) for searching for nutrition information among study participants, and health professionals were considered to be the most reliable source of nutritional information...