The Wild Wild West of Nutrition on the Web

I agree with fellow dietitian Julie Upton who wrote…

“The Internet is still the Wild Wild West when it comes to finding nutrition information that is credible and stands up to serious scientific scrutiny.  That’s why it’s so hard to find reliable information — how can you be sure that what you are reading is accurate and unbiased.”

So true.  Nutrition blogs are popping up daily, but not all provide reliable, science-based information.  That’s one of the reasons I wanted to create the Nutrition Blog Network, a collection of blogs written by Registered Dietitians.  It will be a site that you can turn to for trusted advice from nutrition experts.  

bannerStay tuned, it’s still in development.  But I’ll let you know when it’s ready to launch (soon after the first of the year).  And if you’re a dietitian blogger, I’ll let you know how you can join the network.   I think it will be a valuable destination — providing a one-stop for nutrition news you can trust.

And speaking of nutrition news you can trust…I was thrilled when Cooking Light mentioned Nutrition Unplugged as a trusted source of nutrition information.

“If you find the right sources (among plenty of bad ones), the web can be a good place to learn more about healthful eating.  Our favorite, smart, entertaining, and informative blog:  Blogger Janet Helm is a Registered Dietitian and appeals to consumers, moms, foodies, science junkies, and anyone interested in knowing more about what they’re eating.”

Wow!  Truly appreciated the shout out from Cooking Light editors (and Registered Dietitians) Kathy Kitchens Downie and Mary Creel.   I was also happy to be included in’s list of best nutrition blogs written by Julie Upton:

“When I want to know what’s trendy in nutrition, this is where I head.  Fried chicken is the new pork belly?  Registered Dietitian Janet Helm is often the first to report on new brand offerings, top chefs and the restaurant world.”

To all of you, dear readers, thanks for making a regular visit.  Hope you’ll keep coming back, and hope you’ll support the other RD bloggers in the Nutrition Blog Network. 


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  • Thanks for doing this Janet – finally internet users will have a fighting chance at knowing how to make healthy eating choices!

  • Emma Stirling

    Wonderful work Janet and congrats on the Cooking Light mention. I hope that the network is open to dietitians like us in Australia with internationally recognised qualifications or maybe those who are International members of ADA as a criteria? Would be great for global consistencies and info sharing. I better hurry up and launch my blog!

  • Hey,
    Just stumbled upon your blog…
    A nutrition blog network for blogging dietitians- that’s a great idea!
    Good job- I’ll definitely keep an eye out for that!

  • Congrats on the shout out! And I like this idea. I’m not a registered dietitian, but I am a health buff and a nutrition blogger, and it definitely takes time finding credible sources for my articles.

  • Thanks so much for leading the way on this Janet! I am impressed with so many RD’s starting their own blog following FNCE. Shows the power of influence and the importance of connecting at meetings like FNCE! Happy Blogging!

  • Janet-
    Congrats on all of your success with your blog! You are leading the way by showing the importance of technology-and technology done well! Nutrition Unplugged is getting the recognition it so deserves!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Janet

    Thanks to all. Really appreciate your comments.
    Will let you know as soon as we’re ready to launch Nutrition Blog Network.
    And yes, Emma, international RDs will meet the established criteria. So hope you will start your blog and join the network!
    I’ve created an advisory board of RD bloggers to help with some of the administrative decisions, including criteria, categories of blogs, etc. All bloggers will need to submit an application and be approved before joining (for example, the focus should be on education vs. self-promotion, must be registered dietitian).
    So stay tuned for how to apply.
    And thanks for your support!

  • I found you today b/c of Cooking Light.. now you are on my RSS feed 🙂

  • Diana, Robin, Wendy, Sybil, Emma: Thanks for the kind words. Rest assured, Janet and her team — myself included — are working hard to get the network up and running!

  • “Registered” dieticians and “Certified” nutritionists are some of the worst people to get nutritional information from. Why do I say that?
    Basically, they might mean well, but they’re only repeating information that was fed to them in nutrition school. And because it’s taught in school, it MUST BE factual! LOL
    Quite the contrary! Nutritional schools are heavily funded by the food industry, and these corporations have a heavy hand in what gets taught in these schools. They don’t want their processed foods to be badmouthed, after all! And these nutritionists, after they graduate, continue to get their information from the same disreputable sources, never suspecting that they are being lied to for the sake of profit.

  • Janet

    Forgive me, but you don’t know what you’re talking about. And I find it quite ironic that you’re taking shots at academic institutions, when you’re the one trying to sell something (what is antioxidants for health and longevity?). I call that bias. Health advice should be based on scientific evidence, not a motivation to try and sell a supplement or superjuice. Striking out at nutrition professionals is a cheap shot and couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes the only way to elevate your claims is to cut down the professionals who criticize you. I would look closer at your phrase”lied to for the sake of profit.” I have a feeling that is what’s happening with you.

  • You go, Janet! You deserve all the accolades, and more. You are the voice of reason!

  • Janet, I am excited to use the Nutrition Blog Network! I’m a dietetic intern, and am constantly challenged to keep high standards as I research online nutrition information for my preceptors and various projects. I respect what you’ve done with your blog here, and look forward to a network of RD blogs. Thank you.

  • Just discovered your blog after starting my own. I’m very excited to follow yours and look forward to the Nutrition Blog Network. Thanks for creating such an amazing website and providing a place for people to get accurate diet and nutrition information and reviews. Keep up the good work!

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