In a study of the 100 most popular online health articles of 2018, researchers found that three-quarters of the top 10 most-shared pieces contained misleading or false information. In other words, their writers took data out of context, exaggerated research findings, and misinterpreted results, or purposely overstated them. Whether due to poor reporting or outright bias, the majority of the most popular health articles on the Web were deemed unreliable. Only three of the articles studied were found to be highly credible.
You won’t find Onnit on this list.
Onnit is a fitness lifestyle brand dedicated to helping its followers and customers find the path to total human optimization—being the best they can be by improving every aspect of health, performance, and wellness.
To that end, we believe in providing the best educational content possible, so that consumers can make informed decisions about how to train, eat, and live to reach their goals. We strive to uphold the highest standards, double- and triple-checking that every article we post on our blog is factually correct, wholly accurate, and trustworthy.
Earning Your Trust
We scrutinize every article we post, vetting it through a team of professionals—experts in exercise, nutrition, and wellness—including medical doctors, PhDs, elite trainers, and registered dietitians. We also present both sides to every argument, posting only the best information we find on a topic so that you, the reader, are empowered to ultimately decide what you believe about it.
Transparency is one of Onnit’s founding principles and core values. We always show you our hand. When one of our supplements is studied in a clinical trial, we publish the results, whether we agree with them or not. In that same vein, when our articles take an unpopular stand or make a controversial point, we back it up with the most recent and scientifically sound research available. We expect you to be skeptical, and we welcome your scrutiny.
Of course, scientific information is always subject to review and change. We can’t promise that what we advocate today will be accurate tomorrow, but we never want to be on the wrong side of history. If necessary, we’ll adjust our position based on new information, to ensure that both Onnit and its followers stay up to date.
Onnit’s blog and information products are written, reviewed, edited, and fact-checked by a growing team of individuals who are at the top of their fields.
Hyson is the former Fitness Director for Men’s Fitness and Muscle&Fitness magazines, and has authored two books on exercise—101 Best Workouts Of All Time, and the Men’s Health Encyclopedia of Muscle. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Hyson has covered fitness and nutrition topics for more than 15 years.
A former assistant professor of exercise science at Wingate University in North Carolina, Kreipke is a doctor of exercise science with a focus in sports nutrition. He has worked as a strength coach to college-, Olympic-level, and professional athletes, and co-authored multiple scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Ehrhardt is a strength and conditioning coach and a Sports Dietitian. In 2016, she joined EXOS, Onnit’s partner in sports nutrition and an industry leader in athletic performance. With EXOS, she helped support a corporate wellness program for a Fortune 100 company and assisted with the nutrition needs for athletes of all levels. Ehrhardt currently runs the nutrition program for Onnit Sports Performance, and assists in product development.
Dan Engle, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and neurologist. He graduated medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, and finished his residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After residency, he completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR.
Engle's current practice combines functional medicine with integrative psychiatry to enhance the foundations of regenerative health and peak performance training. Before completing his medical degree, Engle was a collegiate soccer player for St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. Visit him at drdanengle.com, and follow him on Instagram, @drdanengle.
We employ some of the most trusted and well-respected writers in the health industry, many of whom have published best-selling books, won journalism awards, and written articles for major health and wellness brands, including Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health. Sources they cite are carefully checked by our editors and scientific advisers, so look for verifications such as “CSCS-,” “PhD-,” and “RD-approved” at the top of articles, indicating that the article content has met the satisfaction of our advisory board.
Sources and Citations
We cite only the most credible scientific research, taken from the leading peer-reviewed academic journals. That means double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. When discussing how foods, nutrients, or diets act on the body, we reference in vivo studies whenever possible—that is, research done on live human beings, not cells in test tubes. That helps to ensure that our conclusions are relevant to real people living in the real world.
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