EVALUATING THE RESEARCH
Every day the public is bombarded with sound bites of diet and nutrition information that often misleads or misinforms, and doesn’t tell the whole story. These sound bites often lead to feelings of confusion, deprivation, guilt, and mistrust. As a health care provider, it’s important to be able to sort out the headlines. Understanding how to evaluate research is key. When you are unsure about the latest on a specific topic, consult with scientists that specialize in topics that you may not be familiar enough with. Contact me for my free “Science Guide”.
- Always look beyond the headline. Sometimes headlines are simply clickbait, and other times they may be reporting on studies that were poorly designed. Other times, the headline doesn’t even match the study results.
- Fact Check. Don’t share articles on social media until you have read them and fact-checked them.
- Find the original study.
- Consider the totality of the evidence. One study does not offer broad conclusions. Consider multiple studies on one topic, disease, diet intervention or ingredient. Other studies may be poorly designed (for instance, studies that conclude an ingredient causes cancer in mice may deliver massive amounts of the ingredient or substance in question, use tumor-prone rodents, or have poor controls).
I’ve provided nutrition lectures for university campuses, corporate health education, and Academy affiliates. If your organization needs a guest speaker, I can tailor a 45-60 minute nutrition lecture to fit your organization’s needs, on a variety of topics from feeding young children to proper nutrition for the older adult. Contact me for more information.
I am available to speak on a variety of topics including:
- Nutrition Controversies
- The Facts about Sugar and Moderation
- Dietary Quality and Sweeteners
- DASH Diet: Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
- Healthy Eating Habits for Children
- Book Chapters
- Journal Articles
- Books: Did you know that the DASH Diet provides the nutrients that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have deemed as deficient in most people?
- Chew the Facts™ My blog helps people decipher fact from myth so they can enjoy eating. Check out the “For Professionals” posts.
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Steven Blair, Professor, Dept of Exercise Science and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of South Carolina
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Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD
Rosanne was an incredible asset to our Digital Voices program and SXSW panel on food marketing claims.
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Heike Young, Senior Manager for Content & Research at Salesforce, Editor of Hypertension Cookbook For Dummies®
I can always turn to Rosanne for solid, sound information and inspiration.
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