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2: Nutrition Science and Information Literacy

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    After completing this unit, you should be able to:

    1. Identify the sequential steps of the scientific method, and understand the importance of reporting research results in peer-reviewed journals.
    2. Describe the different types of research studies used in nutrition, including the quality of evidence, advantages, and limitations of each.
    3. Be aware of some of the limitations of nutrition research, including the challenges of studying complex dietary patterns and the influence of industry funding.
    4. Understand differences between scholarly (peer-reviewed) and popular sources for nutrition information.
    5. Evaluate sources of nutrition information and distinguish between credible sources and junk science.
    6. Identify the qualifications of nutrition professionals and career opportunities in the field of nutrition.