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Tips for finding reliable information online

Short article with tips on how to judge the trustworthiness of news sources.
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Do you know how to find reliable information online?

We’ve all heard of fake news. But when it comes to food and health stories, which sources can we trust? Sometimes articles refer to scientific studies, and then misrepresent the science. This is very common when reporting on risk and how likely it is that a particular food item or ingredient will make you ill. Unfortunately, the reporting of dietary advice in UK newspapers has been found to be unsatisfactory in terms of not meeting the recommended levels of evidence to substantiate the claims they contain. This study provides more information: Reporting of dietary advice in UK national newspapers found to be unsatisfactory.

This infographic provides a few tips on how to judge the trustworthiness of a news item.


Do you know of any reliable sources of information about food and the food system? If so, please share them with other Learners in the comments section below.

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