The clickbait science on social media is a constant drumbeat of doom and cures. Ben and Dr Janušonis sit down to review the basics on how science is done and used in the medical community and we pick apart a few of the current headlines.

Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis

Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’, says Harvard professor (according to the Guardian newspaper)
based on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnc_aoN7lMM.  Well, what she *ACTUALLY said in her lunchtime lecture was, but since she said it in german, most of you are relying on this newspaper’s clickbait translation and summary. She makes the point that a low-fat high carb diet is *equally* unfavorable to CVD disease.

For some time, the rumor has come up that saturated fat is not good for your health. This rumor is based on unfortunate comparisons. We have to keep an eye on this, whereby the saturated fatty acids in the diet are replaced when they are reduced, because the total calorie intake remains the same. If we consume less saturated fats, or more ground white flour and sugar - then the effect is equal - both variants harm cardiovascular health alike. 

Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It (NYT)

https://chriskresser.com/a-beginners-guide-to-scientific-research
http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/03/how-seriously-read-scientific-paper
https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2017/03/11/read-science-paper/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MqTOEospfo Neil Degrasse Tyson on science literacy

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