YouTube: Is It a Reliable Source of Nutrition Information on COVID-19 Pandemic?

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HEALTHCARE, vol.10, no.10, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/healthcare10101911
  • Journal Name: HEALTHCARE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: YouTube, 2019 novel corona virus, COVID-19, nutrition, misinformation, INTERNET
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Data on the nutrition-related misinformation about COVID-19 are limited. This study analysed the quality and accuracy of the nutrition information available on YouTube about current COVID-19 pandemic as well as assessed the content of the videos. YouTube was searched using the terms "nutrition and COVID-19" in Turkish on 1 February 2021. Videos were filtered according to relevancy, and the first 280 videos were analysed. A total of 218 videos were reviewed and classified as "misleading" or "relevant" depending on the information provided. The transparency, utility, reliability, and accuracy of video contents were assessed. The videos attracted a cumulative 6,258,694 views. There were 178 (81.7%) fully relevant and 40 (18.3%) misleading videos. Approximately 80% of the videos shared by health professionals were relevant videos. Government organisations only shared relevant videos. Relevant videos had higher reliability, accuracy, and quality than misleading videos. The nutrition-related content of COVID-19 videos is suboptimal on YouTube. As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, and nutrition could improve immunity, health professionals and educational and government organisations need to engage more in the spread of nutrition-related COVID-19 information to Internet platforms based on nutrition guidelines and the latest scientific evidence. This will be a practical and immediately implementable public health strategy to effectively spread the right information.