Pedlars of fake food news: Are Gwyneth Paltrow and a Canadian mother of one who claims to cure arthritis by an all-beef diet 'putting us all at risk'? Carrot juice that cures cancer, deadly sweeteners in a can of Coke, and a girl who claims the key to beating arthritis is a steak-only diet. Fake news, all of it. Yet in the largely unregulated world of social media, such extraordinary claims about diet are rife, and are regularly shared - and believed - by millions of internet-users. Last week, in the first of our two-part exposé on health news fakery, we revealed how lives are being put at risk by fake news about vaccines, cholesterol-lowering statins and the risks of mobile phones and plastic bottles.
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