Influencer Dietitians Were Paid to Spread Misinformation

As you know, we recommend speaking to your doctor before changing your daily routine and health plans. That’s because so much of the information online is just wrong. It’s horrifying just how much incorrect information is peddled as the truth. As a supplement company, we acknowledge that Glucocil might not be right for everyone’s health needs; that’s why we recommend reviewing it with your doctor. When someone online tells you they know what’s best for you, it’s a red flag!

Back in July, we wrote about how the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can’t agree on the safety of aspartame. The WHO believes it might be linked to liver cancer, while the FDA maintains the belief that it is safe for human consumption. The WHO says someone who weighs 154 pounds would have to drink 14 cans of diet soda a day to be at risk, but the danger remains, according to them.

Experts disagreed on the topic. They mostly stressed that they didn’t want people who used aspartame to react to the news by switching to sugar, as sugar has so many known health risks. We broke down all sides of the argument clearly. We recommended caution in jumping to conclusions while reminding everyone that water is the safest drink.

Now, influencer dieticians are weighing in on TikTok. Using the hashtag #safetyofaspartame, dieticians are discrediting the WHO’s position because they were paid to do so by the food and beverage industry. Their videos say that the WHO’s concerns are nothing but clickbait based on bad research.

The WHO’s concerns aren’t proven yet. But the videos calling it nonsense aren’t truthful and are being paid for by the companies that make products containing aspartame. They are inaccurate and ignore science. The people in the videos are real nutritionists, but they are being paid by soda makers to make the videos.

The Washington Post found that 68 dieticians, with more than 10,000 followers, reached about 11 million viewers with paid content with misleading information. While some videos said they were paid for, most were unclear or unmarked.

When making dietary choices, it’s essential to do research about the impact of food. Get your information from sources that won’t benefit from the outcome of your decision. For instance, if you want to know how olives impact your body, look at a website that doesn’t sell olives or olive products! It sounds like common sense, but it’s easy to overlook. When something is written with authority, we tend to take the information at face value. Your personal doctor, who you know, trust and have a history with, is a great resource as well. You can get advice that is perfect for your medical needs and won’t be influenced by big business.

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