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Is livestrong.com a legit site for truth about food/diet/nutrition/disease, etc.?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 12, 2011 at 8:08 PM

What are your thoughts?

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on October 15, 2011
at 03:23 AM

I myself have added foods to their database and the process is pretty legit; you have to upload a picture or link to their website for the nutrition info and then it goes under review.

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I use Livestrong too and love the ability to have friends and groups and comment on each other foods. ONE IMPORTANT POINT, THEIR FOOD LIST IS A WIKI. ANYONE CAN ADD FOODS. There is a lot of bad information there, if you don't have any idea what the food should be, I would look it up somewhere else before adding it to my Food Diary.

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on October 13, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Yeh, I didn't know about official name too :)

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on October 13, 2011
at 01:26 PM

their food list is unbelievably thorough, the rest is shite.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:28 AM

Thanks for teaching me "content farm."

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on October 13, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Smart. Yup it's basically people with big fat opinions who will occasionally throw you a couple of references, pertinent or otherwise. Their article on the amazing benefits of soy oil? Uhh.

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on October 12, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Livestrong.com reps were at my last Personal Training conference. Basically, you need ZERO credentials to work for them. The only qualification is a willingness to write articles for next to nothing.

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on October 12, 2011
at 10:48 PM

This is exactly true.

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on October 12, 2011
at 10:19 PM

Livestrong.com is a content farm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_farm

Basically, content farms are all about hiring freelance writers who can write articles that will rank higher on search result pages, thus making it more likely someone will click on the site and give them ad revenue. Such sites rely on manipulating search engine results in order to get more page views, as opposed to generating quality content in order to gain more visitor due positive word-of-mouth promotion.

Personally, I block such sites so I can't even accidently visit one and give them more ad revenue. It's possible their content could be helpful and accurate, but on average it is not going to be as good as sites who actually focus on providing quality content. Content farm articles generally contain lots of key words, but lack content of any value. I wouldn't waste my time with them if I were you.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on October 13, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Smart. Yup it's basically people with big fat opinions who will occasionally throw you a couple of references, pertinent or otherwise. Their article on the amazing benefits of soy oil? Uhh.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2011
at 10:48 PM

This is exactly true.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Yeh, I didn't know about official name too :)

Cdee7454bccdc4ac14ec23b9657eb573

(1229)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:28 AM

Thanks for teaching me "content farm."

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(19469)

on October 12, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Livestrong.com reps were at my last Personal Training conference. Basically, you need ZERO credentials to work for them. The only qualification is a willingness to write articles for next to nothing.

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:54 AM

I use Livestrong to track calories only as they have a pretty extensive food list. Sometimes the articles on food/diseases are helpful but I wouldn't rely on them.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 13, 2011
at 01:26 PM

their food list is unbelievably thorough, the rest is shite.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I use Livestrong too and love the ability to have friends and groups and comment on each other foods. ONE IMPORTANT POINT, THEIR FOOD LIST IS A WIKI. ANYONE CAN ADD FOODS. There is a lot of bad information there, if you don't have any idea what the food should be, I would look it up somewhere else before adding it to my Food Diary.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on October 15, 2011
at 03:23 AM

I myself have added foods to their database and the process is pretty legit; you have to upload a picture or link to their website for the nutrition info and then it goes under review.

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on October 12, 2011
at 10:54 PM

No. It caters to CW and the diet-heart hypothesis.

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on October 12, 2011
at 08:12 PM

I wouldn't say it's illegitimate. It's just a mishmash of pretty disparate opinions without any coherent message. You get a better researched (and more coherent) collection of information just reading paleohacks.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:45 AM

You can read user reviews,their quires,responses and ratings about livestrong.com in any forums,blogs,websites etc..so that you can know more details about the site. I didn't used the site.You can also do a whois search in the www.whoisxy.com and know the owner,technical,administrative contact details etc..you can use the phone number or email id which you get in whois search and try to contact the person and clarify your doubts.

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Here's the scoop from inside the world of fitness publishing (I work for a health magazine, and these are the rumblings): LIVESTRONG.com is a work in progress. The quality of content is remarkably better than it used to be because they hired former Men's Health fitness editor Adam Bornstein at the beginning of 2011. (Dude is ON it -- check out his Twitter, @bornfitness.) Since then, there's been a pretty drastic culling of questionable content, and it sounds like further improvements are on the way -- they just relaunched the site at the end of September. Plenty of iffy stuff still exists on the site, absolutely, but you can only get to most of that through the back door of search-engine channels (as mentioned earlier). If you go to the home page and navigate from there, on the other hand, the quality of content and resources increases dramatically.

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:14 AM

No. No. No. And errrr more No. A some one pointed out already its a CW farm, there are many great sites on the interwebs for paleo information.

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on October 12, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Their articles often contradict each other, rendering the site useless IMO. They also parrot conventional wisdom. They're just there to generate click revenue.

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