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Traditional media is still the main source for food-related news for many yet it can be confusing when we read attention-grabbing headlines, conflicting advice or seemingly broad generalisations.

This week, we looked behind the headlines to understand how news articles often draw on scientific studies, the techniques journalists use to attract our interest and why the key message can vary drastically between different publications.

Just as newspapers differ, science publications do too. In Step 1.11, you explored how scientific credibility is established and the strengths and limitations of different types of studies. So next time you read an attention-grabbing headline, you can evaluate how strong the scientific evidence is for yourself.

You had an opportunity to practice this in Step 1.13. How did you get on? Please let us know in the discussion area below.

Week 2

In Week 2, the Educator team will revisit this paper and share their own analysis of the study and subsequent headline. You’ll also consider the biases we bring as readers and learn how to read a full scientific paper.

You can continue onto Week 2 now if you are ready.

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Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines

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