Guidelines for Communicating the Emerging Science of Dietary Components for Health

Consumers’ appetites for food and nutrition news seem nearly insatiable. In recent years, scientific evidence has revealed that bioactive dietary components may benefit health in ways that extend beyond meeting basic nutritional needs. Communications about dietary components for health promotion hold promise to profoundly affect public knowledge, behavior, and well-being. The following documents outline seven key principles that can assist nutrition communicators in translating research findings into understandable and actionable messages for consumers.

We hope you will refer to the Guidelines for Communicating the Emerging Science of Dietary Components for Health and Quick Reference Checklist often while enhancing public understanding of the exciting and emerging science of dietary components for health—helping consumers enjoy health-promoting foods as part of an overall healthful lifestyle and leading them to better health.