Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds Have you ever wondered why nutrition headlines contradict each other for one day to another? Do you know how to interpret the science behind these claims? Avoid falling victim to attention grabbing headlines by training your intuition, and developing your skills of interpreting nutrition research. Explore and debate the perspective and experiences of the journalist, the scientist, and you, the reader. Learn how to discover the truth behind food headlines.
Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines
Rebuild your trust in nutrition science and look beyond the media headlines
Please note this course runs without facilitation
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.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
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.
- Assess the biases you bring to what you read and gain a perspective into journalists' agendas which influence how they present scientific evidence.
- Develop an action plan for precision farming.
- Interpret scientific terms and make sense of statistics related to food and nutrition
- Identify where to find reliable information about food and 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.
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on this topic, you might also find of interest the following EIT Food courses on food, nutrition and science communication:
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