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To the editor:

I was very disappointed to read your articles on the supposed benefits of "juicing."Your main source of nutritional information, Cherie Calbom, you refer to as a "certified nutritionist." What that exactly means, I am not quite sure. The only "certified" nutrition expert - a registered dietitian - holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition or dietetics and is registered with the American Dietetic Association. I doubt seriously that Ms. Calbom holds these credentials.

In your articles, you lump the true experts into the same category as the "guru" nutritionist and give them a token rebuttal sentence. The information you do concentrate on is grossly inaccurate by scientific standards and promotes quackery and fraud.

One of the first tests to gauge the accuracy of any nutritional claim is to ask, "Does the person making these claims have something to sell?" I'd say someone who claims a blender isn't good enough and is selling a $1,200 juicer (or a book) is out to make a profit.

March is National Nutritional Month. It is a time to focus on reaffirming the basics of sound eating practices. Why is the Deseret News wasting our time reporting nutritional misinformation?

Marcia Whitaker