9 Ways to Clean Up Your Diet

Assignment 1 Examples

Here are a few examples of submissions for Assignment 1 that received good and bad grades. BAD examples These submissions either missed specific details and facts or simply provided irrelevant information and answered the wrong questions. Example 1  The first article that I found is called “9 Ways to Clean Up Your Diet” from a website called Prevention. This website is reliable because it has sources that back up the information provided through Doctors, scientists, nutrition specialists, and many books written by many different specialists. Joe Kita is a writer, editor, motivational speaker and teacher. He is the author of the book “Men’s Health Best.” Joe has worked as a journalist for 25 years and he is currently living and working in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Reasons for low grade: The review does not provide any specific information, the statements are not supported by concrete evidence. The author did not give any examples. According to the description given, this person (the author of the article) does not have appropriate qualifications to be considered a nutrition expert. The analysis is vague, the rating is not given, and even the URL is not provided. Example 2 Stay Fit And Healthy  Who: This website is run by HealthStatus which has been operating since 1998. For many years they have been providing millions of people with healthy information and tips to stay healthy. Their team works hard to help people feel good about themselves. You can trust this website because they have helped a lot of people for many of years.  What: the information proved is trustworthy and I found it very educational. I found out things that I did not even know about.  I give this website a 10 for reliability because I can tell the people that made this website, worked hard to give out helpful information to people. Nothing seemed questionable or untrue. I would trust this website. Reasons for low grade: The reliability is not evaluated. If somebody “works hard” or “helped a lot of people”, it does not mean that the information they provide is reliable. Statements (such as “the information proved is trustworthy”) are not supported by evidence. The author should rather answer such questions as “How do you know they are trustworthy?”, “What are your criteria for “questionable?”. The evaluation is vague, the URL is missing. Example 3 https://www.bodybuilding.com A very well-known reputable site with many articles and forums to guide you on your nutritional journey. The reliability of this site is phenomenal to include articles, diet plans, recipes, calculators, and tips to create your own diet plan. It does answer the 5Ws pertaining to nutrition and also improves one’s own physique through supplementation.  Rating of this site I give it a 7 out of 10. Although it is a remarkable site one must sift through articles or forums to find what is needed for nutrition. Reasons for low grade: Analysis is missing. Example 4  Ultimate High-Fiber Foods  It contains the importance of fiber, benefits of it, and some foods where you can find fiber.  5 W’s  Who? Dr. Axe  What? The site says we need fiber in our everyday diet and suggests how we can nutrient ourselves with it.  When? Last reviewed a month ago.  Where? Dr. Axe  Why? This site exists to educate people on high fiber.  I give this website an A because it is not only full of useful, easy to understand, but also well-structured and organized. Reasons for low grade: Did not answer the right questions. “Who” question is not about names but rather about qualifications. “Where” question is about the sources of information the website uses. “What” question is about the goals of the website and its place in the general body of information. “Why” question is about potential ‘conflict of interest’. URL is missing. Example 5 Health – http://www.health.com/nutrition This website provides information on how to eat better and have a healthier diet. It has meal prep ideas, and provides information that you may be doing daily that may be negatively affecting your health.  Who – People could use this page if they are looking for better ways to improve their health a small step at a time  What – There are many different tabs on this website such as “Fitness, Weightless, Life….” That could be used for different reasons for visiting this site.  When – you can subscribe to the “Health” magazine to have the ability to have new ideas and information monthly.  Where – there is many options to gain information, the Health magazine, app, and online website.  Why – This website has a lot of good facts and ideas for people who are trying to increase their health.  I think this website deserves a 6 for its grade. Although, I did like the various information displayed in this website, I didn’t like the fact that there were so many adds on the page. The adds annoyed me while I was trying to read and search through the website. Reasons for low grade: Answered all the wrong questions. GOOD examples   The authors provided specific evidence and answered the right questions with enough detail. They investigated the websites and answered the question of whether we can trust these websites. They based their analysis on facts. While I may agree or disagree with their conclusions I value critical thought they used to evaluate the reliability of the websites. Example 6 https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting Dietdoctor: An online source not funded by industry, not selling products, and with no ads. Their mission is to teach weight loss and make diets simple through education.  Who: 11 full time coworkers, 20 free lancers, moderators and partners. The articles quote doctors and qualified professionals.  What: The site does not make bizarre claims. It is simple and honest. It also lays out what certain categories of people shouldn’t do (for example, pregnant women, children under 18, diabetics and so on).  Where: The information is supported by interviews, books, and articles written by health professionals such as doctors. It is to assume these people base their information on scientific studies.  When: The date of the information covered isn’t presented. It’s difficult to tell when it was published and how up to date it is.  Why: The site exists for educational purposes. They do have a membership but it is free (according to them). Nothing was being sold and ads were not present.  Rating: 6/10. The website does provide good information. Unfortunately, none of it is really cited. The claims are made by professionals without presenting resources which makes it difficult to really believe them because some can be wrong. Example 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/Nutrition.as[p] (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/Nutrition.asp).  “Spark people” claims that they are a “leading publisher of health, fitness, and food information.” In the “about us” section it says, “We offer nutrition advice, health-and-fitness tools, a highly engaged and supportive community, and resources that are 100% free.” However, it does not state who “we” are and does not appear to be run by medical professionals. The site does offer a few e-mail addresses and a corporate mailing address under “contact information” and was last updated in 2017. The privacy policy is available. There are many advertisements on each page and also many pop ups. Several of the articles I looked at did not appear to be peer reviewed, did not seem to have citations to back up their claims, and I could not find a publication date on some of the articles. However, there were a few that did have citations with easy links to their sources. There did not appear to be any outrageous claims. Spark is a major corporation with a financial interest in the success of the site (hence all the ads.) I do not think this is a reliable site to use to obtain information and would rate it a 1/10. There were some useful links to find recipes, food trackers, calories counters, etc. Example 8 Best Food Facts https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/nutrition-for-athletes-what-foods-to-eat-and-when-to-eat-them/ Grade (7). I have graded this site a seventh because of its extensive dietary information. Regardless of not illustrating very simplified nutritional data, they do present liable articles, videos and topics written and supported by professionals in the field  5 (W’s) * Who – Best Food Facts is a company supported by the non-profit organization “The Center for Food Integrity.” They’re goal is to provide trust for today’s food system consumers. The website is staffed with credited professionals. * When – This article was published in 2016 but other articles are as recent as 2019. * Where – Data presented in this website is obtained from 200 foods experts, this includes Doctors and Registered Dieticians who publish their knowledge on the web page. Their process is so extensive that is goes all the way to the farmers who then share crucial information about where the food cycle begins and how it affects or nourishes your body later on. The website also provides tools like articles written by Doctors, which are posted directly on the page for consumers to read. It is filled with videos, articles, information reads that published by credited professionals. * Why – They provide this information so that we can make informed, healthy choices for ourselves and our families when choosing what we eat. It is their intent to acquaint society with expert views and professional data. The site is providing a public service to all * What – The message in this site is definitely in line with my other sources  

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