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Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines

Learn how to find reliable, scientific information about food and nutrition and identify the truth behind food headlines.

Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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Rebuild your trust in nutrition science and look beyond the media headlines

Due to conflicting messages from the media, it’s becoming harder to know what to believe when it comes to following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

On this course, you’ll compare how nutrition and health topics are handled by the media and science.

You’ll be encouraged to think critically about the information behind media headlines and come to your own conclusions about what’s good for you.

You’ll explore the psychology of why we’re easily influenced by headlines and learn about different types of biases, like confirmatory and availability bias.

You’ll also learn how to find reliable information online and identify unreliable health studies.

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What topics will you cover?

• How to analyse a headline by understanding the biases that we, as readers, bring to our understanding of food and nutrition stories.

• Become familiar with the journalist’s perspective, the agenda behind the story and the hooks used to make readers interested.

• Discover how to find out about the original science the story is based on and understand how to interpret the results of the research.

• Learn about the regulations surrounding food and nutrition and where to find reliable sources of information.

• Understand the processes of publishing scientific articles

• Use tools that help identify unreliable sources of information.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Interpret why the media is so interested in reporting about food & nutrition, why the 'advice' changes so rapidly and the part we play in that, as readers.
  • Explore the hierarchy of scientific evidence and judge for yourself whether you believe an example headline.
  • Explore the biases you bring to what you read and gain a perspective into journalists' agendas which influence how they present scientific evidence.
  • Identify how to find the original research, how to interpret scientific terms and make sense of statistics.
  • Discuss where to obtain the information you can trust about food & nutrition and use tools that help identify unreliable studies.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who is losing trust in media headlines about how what we eat affects our health and who wants to get to the truth.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Jing Guo is a Registered Nutritionist. She has great experience in teaching Food Science and Nutrition and has led several research projects including different types of studies.

I am a consumer researcher at Technical University of Munich. My research focuses on cognitive aspects and cultural influences on food choices and nutrition behavior.

Dr Miriam Clegg is a Lecturer and Researcher in Nutritional Sciences and a Registered Nutritionist. She researches appetite and nutritional health across the life-course.

I am a Senior Manager at the European Food Information Council. My role is creating science-based content on nutrition and health whilst leading communication activities for EU research projects.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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