Food is always in the news. One day wholemeal bread is good for you and the next it's going to give you heart disease. Every day there is a different headline about an innocent item of food - what are we to believe?
Well the researchers have found the same thing - in fact, they did a study on the quality of nutrition coverage in five national newspapers for 6 weeks in 2014. The study has just been published in the British Medical Journal and the researchers concluded that the British public are exposed to a very poor quality of nutrition information in the newspapers, particularly regarding weight management and obesity.
It's no wonder then that we receive so much inconsistent information and mixed messages - and that we are so confused!
When reading nutritional advice, first of all check it's from a reliable source. Is the person giving the advice qualified to do so? Has the journalist interviewed a registered nutrition or medical professional? Have they stated their sources? Even scientific journals sometimes publish research which is of dubious quality, so unless you know how to critically evaluate a scientific paper, it is best to ask a professional.