Can you Trust your Magazine’s Nutrition Information?

Nutrition Accuracy in Popular Magazines

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has been tracking the quality of nutrition information provided in consumer magazines for the last 20 years. The most recent report indicates that Consumer Reports scored excellent and Men’s Fitness rated poor. How did your magazine score?

Magazine Rated EXCELLENT (90-100%)
Consumer Reports

Magazines Rated GOOD (80-89%)
Glamour
Ladies’ Home Journal
Shape
Child
Parents
Cooking Light
Fitness
Woman’s Day
Good Housekeeping
Redbook
Self
Health
Runner’s World
Better Homes and Gardens
Prevention

Magazines Rated FAIR (70-79%)
Men’s Health
Reader’s Digest
Cosmopolitan
Muscle and Fitness

Magazine Rated POOR (69% and below)
Men’s Fitness

If you plan to change your eating habits based on a magazine article, consider the source. You can find trusted sources of nutrition information here. If you are considering drastic changes, check with your doctor or dietitian first.

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One response to “Can you Trust your Magazine’s Nutrition Information?

  1. Mamacita Chilena

    I think mags like Men’s Health, and Cosmo mostly report on trendy diets and what not…which in the end never end up being what they say they are. Maybe that is what’s behind the low scoring. Fortunately I know better than to take nutrition advice from Cosmo, but it’s too bad for lots of young girls who don’t know better.

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