Home > Diet and nutrition > News Updated 07 November 2013 Do food blogs have nutritionally balanced recipes? An analysis of popular food blogs found that sponsored blogs may affect the nutritional value of the recipes posted. 0 iStock Related Food addiction: myth or reality? Healthy grilling tips for braais 30 ways to green your kitchen Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting More people are cooking at home, and more people are finding their recipes online via food blogs. The photos of dishes posted on the blogs, however, may attract potential cooks more than the nutritional value of the recipes. In addition, many food companies sponsor these sites, so the recipes become advertisements for their products. This has the potential to change the healthfulness of the recipes.Researchers in Massachusetts investigated whether food blogs provided nutritionally balanced recipes for the public or not. According to lead author Elizabeth Schneider, MS, RD, Nutrition Department, Simmons College, Boston, "We identified six food blogs that were very popular. It is really surprising that these blogs may have more than 2 million visits per month. This large reach makes the food blog an important component for nutrition education."How the research was doneTheir final sample included 96 recipes for entrees, which were then classified according to their main ingredient. Not surprisingly, the vegetarian entrees were lower in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Overall, the sampled recipes were acceptable in calories but excessive in saturated fat and sodium. This creates an opportunity for nutrition educators and dietitians to educate clients, partner with bloggers, or begin their own food blogs that post healthier recipes.The authors point out that multiple opportunities exist for a dietitian's presence online and that it is the responsibility of food and nutrition professionals to recognise these opportunities and continue to come up with ways to inform the public on the nutritional value of recipes as consumers use online search more than ever."It's exciting to live in an online generation and I believe there is a need for dietitians to have a spot in the food blogging culture," concludes Schneider. "Wouldn't it be great to find a 'dietitian approved' icon next to healthy online recipes, giving the public peace of mind knowing that the recipes are nutritious?" EurekAlert More in Diet and nutrition Mediterranean diet may help prevent macular degeneration More: Diet and nutritionNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Surfing through selfies linked to low self-esteem Lifestyle SEE: 8 places to go hiking in South Africa this summer Medical SEE: 10 medical discoveries that changed the world Medical Girls and boys have different autism profiles News Health24 Health Challenge: Week 16 Lifestyle Legal marijuana unlikely to tempt more kids From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.