- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 2:00PM
There are a lot of contradictory ideas when it comes to health and wellness.
Nutrition writer and founding editor of Healthy Food Guide, Niki Bezzant decided to uncover who you can actually trust, especially when it comes to New Zealand wellness gurus and online social influences.
"There are so many of these people, that's partly why I wrote this, and that's partly why I wrote this," she told Stace & Flynny.
"It's actually quite confusing if you do follow a lot of these people, one will be saying one thing, and one will be saying something else, so it's very tricky."
Niki also says that a lot of the problem stems from the lack of regulation of product endorsements on social media platforms and that just because someone seems to be an expert, doesn't necessarily make them so.
"There's also some really important stuff around qualifications," she explained.
"The term 'clinical nutritionist' actually means nothing at all. It sounds very medical but it's actually meaningless. You can call yourself a nutritionist having done no training."
Instead, Niki suggests that when looking for health tips we should keep our eyes peeled for registered nutritionists or registered dietitians as those are the people who actually have degrees to back up their knowledge.
So the next time you're scrolling through Instagram and come across a new miracle diet trend, think twice and check with a professional.
Listen to what Niki had to say:
Read Niki Bezzant's article: Wellness Warriors – who can we trust for nutrition advice?