17 Diet and Nutrition Memes to Share With Your Fact-Denying Friends

So many of us identify ourselves with what we eat.

Or more specifically, what we don’t eat.

Problem is the majority of diets, nutrition “cures” and “dangers” on social media are wrong (and stupid).

As a result we’re spending record amounts of money and time on health products and “hacks” that aren’t even healthier.

Fortunately I’ve come across many health experts on my new Instagram and Facebook page who are challenging this misinformation in an entertaining way… with nutrition memes!

Here’s an opportunity for you to consider the facts, or to share this with someone who should.

1. “Skinny” Foods Don’t Make You Healthier (Or Skinnier)

“Skinny” and “Detox” Foods Don’t Make You Healthier

Source: Physiqonomics


2. Organic Is Not Healthier

organic junk food is still junk food

Source: Dr. Spencer

If there are any benefits of organic food, being healthier is not one of them.

In fact, organic is such a powerful marketing label that you can buy organic alcohol and organic cigarettes.

3. There Are No Fat-Burning Foods

There Are No Fat-Burning Foods

Source: AWorkoutRoutine

When we talk about fat-burning, we’re referring to an increase in metabolic rate (the energy you burn at rest).

It’s true that caffeine can increase your metabolic rate in the short-term. In fact, even 500 ml of water can increase metabolic rate for half an hour (1, 2).

But these increases are so small and short-lived that they are biologically insignificant. In other words, the effect on losing weight is so minor that it’s unnoticeable.

I truly wish we could burn fat without any effort on our part, but fat loss doesn’t work like that.

4. Vaccinate

why you should vaccinate

Source: We Love GMO and Vaccines

“Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history.” – Carl Sagan.

5. Coconut Oil Is Fattening and Not Very Healthy

coconut oil is fattening

Source: Exposing Nutritional Quackery 

Coconut oil is 100% fat and bursting with calories.

One tablespoon (13.6 grams) is 117 calories, which is equal to the calories in three oreo cookies, or half a Mars bar (3).

The health benefits of coconut oil have also been blown way out of proportion.

6. Sugar Is Not The Problem… It’s The Sugar + Fat Combo

Sugar Is Not The Problem… It’s The Sugar + Fat Combo

Source: Physiqonomics

When someone claims they’ve “quit sugar” they usually list foods such as ice cream, chocolate and cookies as examples.

But these foods are not just high in sugar. They’re also extremely high in fat (and therefore calories), which is why they are unhealthy in large amounts.

For example, 58% of the calories in Oreos come from carbs, but 38% come from fat (and 4% from protein) (4).

So fat is responsible for almost as many calories as the sugar. To only blame the sugar in junk food and not the fat is plain wrong.

7. Aspartame and Other “Toxic” Ingredients Are Safe

Aspartame and Other “Toxic” Ingredients Are Safe

Source: Fitness Reloaded

Water is toxic too if you drink crazy large amounts.

In fact, people die from water intoxication (5, 6).

Always remember, the dose makes the poison.

8. All Diets Work In The Exact Same Way- They Cut Your Calorie Intake

All Diets Work In The Exact Same Way- They Cut Your Calorie Intake

Source: Myolean Fitness

The diets above all have completely different rules and restrictions, yet they can all work for weight loss.

This is because ultimately they all do the same thing… help you cut your total calorie intake, which is what weight loss comes down to.

The superior diet is the one you can stick to long term.

9. You Cannot Make Your Body More Alkaline

You Can not Make Your Body More Alkaline

When people talk about becoming more alkaline, they’re referring to a diet that lowers the pH of your blood (making it more alkaline).

However, your body tightly regulates blood pH through your lungs and kidneys. Even small lasting changes will make you terribly sick and can even be fatal.

But this is actually a good thing… If our diet could significantly influence blood pH, we’d all be dead.

10. Vinegar Will Not Cure Your Belly Fat

Vinegar Will Not Cure Your Belly Fat

Source: Dr. Spencer

Vinegar is extremely acidic.

It’s good for burning off warts, not body fat.

What’s more, it’s puzzling how many people consume vinegar yet eat to try and make their body alkaline…

11. Again, Your Diet Worked Because It Cut Calories

Again, Your Diet Worked Because It Cut Calories

Source: Ben Carpenter

This fact is just so hard for people to accept, so it was worth repeating.

For example, you didn’t lose 20 lbs on the ketogenic diet just because you stopped eating “fattening” carbs. Carbs are not inherently fattening.

You lost 20 lbs because that new eating pattern helped you consistently eat fewer overall calories than you used to.


12. Lemon Water Is Tasty… Not Magical

Lemon Water Is Tasty… Not Magical

Source: Fitness Reloaded

Lemon water is claimed to have various health benefits.

It’s not uncommon to experience better energy levels and maybe even weight loss if you begin to drink a lot of lemon water.

But the benefits come from the fact that you’re drinking more water… it has nothing to do with the lemon.

13. GMOs Are Not Dangerous

GMOs Are Not Dangerous

It’s true, your pet is a genetically modified organism (GMO).

The point though is that GMO foods are not dangerous. Zero people have died from GMOs, ever.

Much like organic, the war against genetically modified foods is a marketing exercise more than anything else.

Because do you know what sells better than sex? Fear.

14. Juicing Is Not Healthier

Juicing Is Not Healthier

Fruit juice will never be superior to whole fruit.

The exception is if your juice is multiple serves of vegetables and only a dash of fruit… because let’s face it you won’t eat the vegetables otherwise.

Where possible always eat your calories rather than drink them.

15. Your Bulletproof Coffee Is Not Healthier

why bulletproof coffee is bad for you

Source: Diet vs Disease

Coffee is delicious.

Butter is delicious.

But just because two things are delicious, doesn’t mean you should combine them.

The exception is vegemite and avocado.

16. One Last Time…

One more time calories and weight loss

Source: Sohee Fit

17. Nutrition: It’s a Science, Not An Opinion

Nutrition It’s a Science, Not An Opinion

Share these nutrition memes with someone who doesn’t realize nutrition is a science, not an opinion.


  1. This is the best thing I’ve read on nutrition info on ages! Actually laughed out loud at the fat burning food list. Saved this for when I want a laugh

  2. Burr Leonard says:

    This is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for speaking truth to flimflam!

  3. Linda Hoffa says:

    Great fun lil post!

  4. Oh how I like the vast majority of what you say, but Many GMO foods have glyphosate in them and glypohosate is a known human carcinogen (California July 2017) and it can mutate genes.

    • I’m quite disgusted just about whole of this article. Are you getting paid by Monsanto? Is it your opinion that Glyphosate that is sprayed all over our food is good for our body and fed to livestock we eat. Do we eat dogs? What example is that. I have always thought you research inderpendant studies and can trust them. You should know also how excess sugar and carbs are very inflammatory, causing a lot of deceases.
      Absolute rubbish!!! You should at least try to keep within “Diet v Decease” as its connected!

      • Panyan1960 says:

        Helga, I think it is you that is misinformed! Some people DO eat dogs! This is a balanced article and does not go into the specifics about GMO or what is sprayed on any of your food. He is simply pointing out what is bandied about creating food fads and yo-yo dieting!
        He is not advocating “excess sugar and carbs” as you would appear to suggest, in fact he simply highlighted that combining sugar and fat was the problem. Of course there are people who suffer from particular conditions such as coeliac for whom consuming gluten is dangerous, etc. People need to use common sense and this article is full of it!
        By the way, Glyphosate was mentioned as a known carcinogenic, did you know that burnt toast or anything even slightly burnt was the same? Not to mention how much more so if you smoke! Or what about the fumes from vehicles? They have a greater effect on us than the minute amount of glyphosate that might be in our food!

    • I agree with everything but the GMO “meme”. For one thing, saying that a mix breed dog is a GMO, is flatly wrong. GMOs do not occur through breeding or in nature. GMOs are organisms that have been modified at the DNA level where genetic material from incompatible species can be combined or modified, like human and mice, or insect and plant. In the case of GMO corn, corn has been genetically modified to be resistant to the pesticide chemical in “Round Up”. Then this pesticide (herbicide) can be applied to corn crops to increase yields (by killing weeds). Then we eat the corn that has been sprayed with this pesticide that is a known carcinogen. Before GMO technology, this pesticide could not be used on corn or any other plant crop. Corn is a pervasive food in our diet. Think of all of the uses for corn oil. Perhaps you won’t hurt yourself by eating GMO foods, perhaps you won’t get enough of the carcinogen to kill you, perhaps some GMO foods are harmless, but we don’t really know what the long term ramifications to our bodies or the planet will be. We are throwing naturally impossible, artificially developed, genetic code out into the universe. Our environment has been changing and developing for millions of years under the natural order of life. Evolution takes time, it is self correcting, self balancing. GMOs are mutations at warp speed. We have no way of comprehending what changes we are causing to nature and we are doing it in the name of profit.

  5. Horrible article. Please be very careful if this is your source of information for nutrition. Skip this and do your own research.

    • Joe Leech, Dietitian says:

      Hi Clara, I’d like to confirm that my source of information is NOT memes from social media. I am constantly carrying out research and keeping up to date with anything new that gets published. This article was just something to share because many people are more interested in memes than scientific blocks of writing. Many people relate more easily to these images, with simple, straight to the point messages that are rooted in science. Thanks for questioning though! 🙂

      • Gloria Thormber says:

        I think the point is more that the thing we should be questioning in all that fad diet stuff is whether a correct and healthy ‘scientific’ measure of whether something is worth doing or not should be whether or not someone loses weight. I think losing weight as a generic marker is a ridiculous and harmful measure of health. The new science coming up on microbes/ how our body absorbs food also puts to question the value of calories at all. Calories are a generic measure of energy and they do not adequately take into account the way your body absorbs them. I defs agree that people should do their own research! It’s true that all these fad diet claims are wrong, but so are these memes. Nutrition is not an opinion but it’s not a one-size-fits all, simple right (science) or wrong (quackery) thing either.

  6. Joe,
    Although some of this informarion is accurate, please do not jump on the Instagram bandwagon where people regurgitate information without researching it and or truly thinking it through.
    I have come to value your content as professional and reliable, not trendy and flockish.
    I ask in a friendly way that you resist diluting your stellar reputation by getting caught up in the instagram addiction.
    With true respect.

    • Good article. It’s a about time that dieticians spoke up as lioidly as quacks, on a platform that is CLEARLY powerful enough to influence millions of people’s lifestyle choices.
      The number of people I see in my practice now, with orthorexia caused by fear mongering sensationalism, is SICKENING. I’ve had enough of spending most of a consultation trying to explain away the MASSIVE fears people now have, before actually being able helping them with the problem they presented with!!!
      As one patient so succinctly and honestly admitted, “I am so terrified of how bad all foods seem to be, that I prefer to do anything I can NOT to eat”.
      Well done on your article. The references to GMO are very accurate. Breeding is creating a combination of different genetic material at the DNA level. SPLICING IS NO DIFFERENT. Basic Microbiology 101 teaches that. Have you forgotten your training already? Or are you perhaps not qualified enough to give scientific comment in this arena?
      Overconsumption of ANYTHING harms. The author not once recommended overconsumption of ANYTHING. So, mentioning that EXCESS sugar is inflammatory, is the EXACT same sensationalist extrapolation of science into pseudoscience that the author is trying to contain.
      Science is complicated. But if you’ve learnt all the science behind it, it’s no longer scary.
      Leave public advice about nutrition to the experts…..

  7. In point #9 I think what you meant to say was that lowering the pH of your blood would make it more acidic rather than more alkaline.

  8. Chantal Guilbault says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one upset with the GMO point. It is irresponsible to not make the distinction between GMO created to resist pesticide and other types of genetic modification. I’ve been following you and always appreciate the points of view and information you give but if you’re claiming to educate you have to do it right. The topic of GMO is so controversial to just put that point in there is wrong, it’s just too big an issue. Just like Helga my first thought was there we go another one getting paid by Mosento. Very disappointing.

  9. I love this, had a great laugh!

  10. I completely agree with point that juicing Is not healthier! By the way i’m practice keto diet for weight loss, but I can’t stick it to long term! Thanks for sharing Joe, really very informative article, can you add something about Royal Jelly? You can check about it in my review btw!

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