When Can You Trust News Stories About Food? / by Garrek Stemo

We recently published an article on the health benefits of eating whole grain. The effects of whole grain on heart health has been known for quite a long time. The U.S. government (and other governments) has recommended eating whole grains for a long time, saying that it may reduce the risk of heart disease and may help with managing your weight. The scientific study that Holly Kenko used in its recent article confirms that whole grain consumption helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Basically, including whole grains in your diet is very important, but we all knew that. In this short English article I want to briefly talk about newspaper articles about food.

When you read articles about the benefits of a particular food, you have to be careful about being tricked. Sometimes a newspaper or magazine article will say that a food is good for you or has a health benefit, but it is in fact not true or exaggerated. Sometimes journalists don't read the entire scientific study, only part of it. Sometimes journalists don't understand the results of the study and write something incorrect. This happens a lot with scientific studies about food because it is difficult to know if the food causes the health benefit or something else is causing the benefit. Also, since health news is very popular and because newspapers and magazines want more readers, they might make the scientific study seem shocking or surprising.

Who can you trust?

Some newspapers and magazines, like the New York Times or the BBC, try to be accurate when they write news stories. Others often report on science news and some of the staff are scientists, so they can catch anything that looks false. Unfortunately, even popular newspapers can be wrong. It is unfortunately up to the reader (you) to determine if a newspaper or website is trustworthy or not. Read their about page and try to check the facts yourself. Does the newspaper tell you the original source of the scientific study? Can you check the facts by yourself? If not, then you should be careful.

At Holly Kenko, we always link to the original scientific article (when we can) and tell you the names of the researchers when we write about health news. Check out our About page and decide for yourself!




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