Why it matters for journalists
Nutrition is one of the most important and well-read topics in health and lifestyle media, and quality reporting in this area is of enormous importance both to inform individual food choices as well as broader public policy. Misreporting of nutritional facts makes it harder for readers to make good decisions about what to eat, while also rendering ineffective the nutritional guidance which is being provided by credible public institutions around the world. Journalists can play a valuable role in the fight against obesity and malnutrition epidemics by accurately reporting nutrition facts.
Who are the experts?
There is no shortage of nutritional experts offering guidance to the general public. Unfortunately, not all of this advice is backed up by scientific evidence, and false dietary or nutritional claims can lead to widespread confusion among the general public.
One recurring problem in this area is the uncertainty that exists about who the relevant experts are in this area: and in particular, the confusion which exists about the difference between dietitians and nutritionists.