12 Steps for Spotting Bad Science

The volume of science that's out there on food and nutrition is staggering, and living in a Google-based world is a blessing and a curse. Every time I've had a question about food, I've instantly been able to find dozens of sources...all saying conflicting things. They're constantly telling me 'Ten Cups of Coffee Could Save Your Life!' or (below) that becoming tangled in my bedsheets is impacting skiing revenue (ok, those guys were being ironic, but there are definitely real-life reporting parallels!) 

While it can't solve every debate, I've been finding barometers like these twelve steps to be a useful first guide. I'm pretty sure I've seen numbers 4, 7, an 10 in the news just this morning. Which science sin have you seen the most of?

For more details on what questions to ask specifically about a scientific study, check out Evaluating Scientific Evidence.

This great infographic is courtesy of Compound Interest and can be found here.




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