Saturday, July 01, 2006

Bad Science: The showbiz recipe for healthy eating

The Guardian

By Ben Goldacre

Last year I noticed that more and more of the lifestyle bunnies in the press and on the internet were showing off about being "RNutr" or "Registered Nutritionists". Registered with whom? Imagine a two-headed monster called "The Nutrition Society". On the one hand, they are a respectable and august research body, representing some of the sharpest academics in the country, doing research work on nutrition in both people and laboratories, publishing academic journals and so on. That's science. On the other hand, they "run" a "register", which I suspect is largely composed of commercial "nutritionists" making good money peddling lifestyle advice to the public.


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