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Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind the Headlines

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

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3 weeks

Weekly study

2 hours


100% online


This course is free for 3 weeks, from the moment you start.

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About : 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.

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.

Advantages :

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.

Structure & Modules : What are you going to learn over 3 weeks?

Week 1: What's behind a headline

  • How do we interpret headlines?
  • How do journalists produce their news?
  • How is scientific credibility established?

Week 2: Influence and interpretation

  • What bias do readers bring?
  • The statistics behind a headline
  • How do you read a scientific paper?

Week 3: Trust

  • How do you find reliable information
  • How do you check if an article is credible?
  • How is a scientific study published?

Partners : Where can you find this course?

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