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Stop falling for these nutrition ‘hacks’ on TikTok — only 2% of them are accurate, new study shows

TikTok has become a go-to app for finding useful information — from what skincare products to use to the best airport hacks to make travel less painful.

However, certain health and wellness tips should be taken with a grain of salt, according to new research.

A recent study organized by MyFitnessPal in conjunction with Dublin City University, has revealed that 57% of fans on the streaming platform are using it as their main source of nutrition information.

Keil warned that not all fitness TikTok influencers are trustworthy.

They have also concluded that just 2.1% of that info is actually accurate and regulated with public health codes.

Over 67,000 videos on the social media platform were tested for the study, with 2,000 people being observed.

...just because one wellness influencer has a high following, does not mean their claims are valid and authentic.

“Be cautious,” she forewarned, also expressing that people need to verify the information presented to them first before they dive right in and use the hacks.

“Being responsible consumers when scrolling means getting a second opinion and ensuring other health and nutrition professionals have similar recommendations,” Keil said.

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