Editorial Policy

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. This editorial policy covers text, images, videos, interactive tools and other material ("content") contained on eatright.org, eatrightPRO.org and eatrightSTORE.org ("eatright websites").

eatright.org websites strictly adhere to policies that ensure editorial integrity and independence. Online visitors can be confident that editorial decisions are not influenced by outside interests, political or commercial pressures, private or industry sponsors, advertisers, donors, partners or collaborators or any personal interests.

How Content Is Developed

Topics on eatright websites are selected for relevance to the health and wellness of the general public and content decisions are based on the editors' judgment of potential interest to visitors, timeliness of the topic and quality of research and writing. Content is developed solely by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and adheres to the positions of the Academy. The Academy does not promote or endorse the services of individual practitioners or members.

Conflict of Interest

Content of the eatright websites is science-based and is not influenced by private or industry sponsors, advertisers, donors, partners or collaborators. As such, content contributors of the eatright websites are required to disclose any relationships that may present a potential conflict of interest or perception of conflict of interest. If you believe a piece of content, author or reviewer has been influenced by a conflict of interest, please email [email protected].

Ethical Standards

All published material on Academy websites adhere to the principles of the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics, from which the following principles apply to writers and reviewers who hold credentials from the Commission on Dietetic Registration:

  • Principle #1: The dietetics practitioner practices dietetics based on scientific principles and current information.
  • Principle #3: The dietetics practitioner presents substantiated information and interprets controversial information without personal bias, recognizing that legitimate differences of opinion exist.
  • Principle #6: The dietetics practitioner provides sufficient information to enable clients and others to make their own informed decisions.
  • Principle #12: The dietetics practitioner is alert to situations that might cause a conflict of interest or have the appearance of a conflict. The dietetics practitioner provides full disclosure when a real or potential conflict of interest arises.

The following incidents are violations of our ethical guidelines: if a writer or reviewer has relevant financial or professional interests in a subject covered that could suggest the appearance of a conflict of interest as determined by the editors; if a writer or reviewer intentionally misinterprets data to benefit one party; if a writer or reviewer otherwise falsifies data or plagiarizes content.

Expert Review

The eatright websites strive to present accurate, science-based information that is relevant to its audience. All nutrition information and public education content is reviewed by subject experts including registered dietitian nutritionists.

Content is updated when pertinent new research emerges that may affect information presented on eatright websites. Additionally, all content is reviewed on an annual basis to make sure it is up to date and accurate. The date on which a piece of content was last reviewed is displayed at the end of an article or page.

Submitting Feedback

The editorial staff of the eatright websites welcomes and reviews feedback from readers. While all feedback is considered by the editorial staff and our practice reviewers, we may not respond to each communication received. In the event of an inaccuracy or inconsistency, the staff makes every effort to quickly address and correct errors. Readers can send their feedback to [email protected].

Sponsorship and Advertising

The eatright websites solidly adhere to editorial integrity and independence. Content is not influenced by outside interests, political or commercial pressures, private or industry sponsors, advertisers, donors, partners or collaborators or any personal interests. The eatright websites do not accept advertising on its websites. Learn more about the Academy's Sponsorship Program.

Copyright Policy

All content on the eatright websites is copyrighted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and may be used only for non-commercial purposes. No content may be reprinted, copied or electronically reproduced or used in a commercial setting — except where specifically noted — without prior expressed permission by the Academy.

Reprint Policy

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics grants permission to reprint full articles as pieces which are included in publications, materials or initiatives that are free of charge, as long as the content remains unaltered, credited to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and refers the audience to visit www.eatright.org for more information. Our materials are free of charge if these guidelines are met.

For reprint permission on public and personal websites, blogs and other publicly-available sites, we grant permission to use up to 50 words from our articles with clear attribution, linking to www.eatright.org for the full article.

To obtain permission to reprint any Academy articles in accordance with our policy, please complete the permission application and email [email protected].

Linking to Our Content

While the Academy welcomes links to eatright websites from other websites, eatright websites do not engage in systematic link reciprocity. Links may be in the form of text only; use of the eatright logo or other Academy marks or graphics is strictly prohibited.

If you need text to describe our sites, please use the following: "The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' award-winning eatright.org brings consumers the latest science-based nutrition information."

Disclaimer

The advice found on eatright websites should not replace consultation with a health care professional. (See Terms of Service.)

Content on the eatright websites is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained in these sites is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The services provided on these sites are here to educate users on nutrition- and health-related topics that may affect their daily lives. These sites and their services do not constitute the practice of any health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Seek the advice of a qualified health care provider for any questions regarding personal health or medical conditions. Never disregard, avoid or delay in obtaining medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on eatright websites. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. If you are in the United States and are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

Privacy Policy

For Public Content

While the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does collect statistical data for research purposes and uses cookies for identification, we never collect personally identifiable information (PII) nor do we collect IP addresses of visitors to publicly accessible content.

For Members-Only Content

To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on the Academy's websites, members and other users are asked to voluntarily register and/or provide their member login, as well as provide some limited PII. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

These guidelines are not inclusive or exhaustive and are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.