Health and Human Development - Nutritional information and misinformation
Nutritional information and misinformation
Companies keen to make a profit can be quite misleading in their
advertising. The extent to which people believe the claims determines their
sales. Weight-loss products are a common topic of misleading advertising,
but the overweight often prefer to try even an expensive possible cure
rather than increase their exercise or reduce their food intake.
Advertising on the Internet, under the guise of a professional paper, is
another source of misinformation. Articles are followed by information
about how to purchase the dietary supplements.
Government controlled bodies often produce food selection models to
influence food choice to promote health. In recent years in the Western
world, it appears that many of these messages have been heard as lower fat
and low-salt products are becoming more popular.
Understanding the nutrition message requires knowledge. There are many in
the community who do not know which authorities to believe.
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