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”. Follow me and ask me a question on Any Question®.
- 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).