8 Foods You Should Never Eat
(Ridder, 2015, Newsmax)
This article was written by Karen Ridder, who has no credentials after her name. This lowers the validity of the article. If it were written by a registered dietitian, dietetic technician, registered nurse, medical doctor, or nurse practitioner, then that would make this article more of a valid nutritional source. This article was found on Newsmax.com, a website that does not primarily focus on nutrition. Examples of sources that would be reputable for nutritional information consist of government, health agency, professional health organizations, journals, or college university websites (DeBruyne, 2014, p. 35). I would recommend these sources for a patient looking for nutritional information. While Ridder embeds links to her sources in the article, they are only mediocre as far as reliability goes. Some of the links that she embeds are WebMD, Medline Plus, The Journal of Marketing Research, and Authority Nutrition.
The article is not very well written because it only provides a list of foods that should never be eaten, without including a lot of background information or explanation as to why those foods shouldn't be eaten. It would be more beneficial and motivational for a patient trying to lose weight to be given a list of nutrient dense foods to include in the diet, rather than telling them what they cannot include. There are some valid nutritional points made in this article, such as picking whole wheat bread rather than white bread, "it will have more fiber and leave you feeling fuller longer"(Ridder, 2015, Newsmax). However, there is just not enough detail about the other foods listed in the article. For example, she discourages eating cheese because of the fat content but does not bring up the fact that cheese is a good source of protein in small amounts. Overall I would not recommend this as a valid source of nutritional information for a patient.
DeBruyne, L.K., & Pinna, K. (2014). Nutrition for health and health care (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Ridder, K. (2015, September 10). 8 Foods You Should Never Eat While Trying to Lose Weight. Retrieved April 02, 2016, from http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/lose-weight-foods-avoid/2015/09/10/id/682161/