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Health claims in nutrition books can be a ‘volcano of nonsense.’ A new website is fighting back.

Many nutrition books make health claims and dietary recommendations that aren’t backed up by scientific evidence — even when the authors say that they’re science-based. The website Red Pen Reviews aims to evaluate their accuracy.

Founded by Seattle's Stephan Guyenet, Red Pen Reviews' staff all have advanced degrees in nutritional science or a closely related field, and score each book on scientific accuracy, accuracy of its references, and the healthfulness of what the book is promoting.

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