#516: How to Read Nutrition Studies (Become Confident in Critically Appraising Research)

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Co-Hosts for this Episode
  3. Related Resources
  4. Premium Content
    • Detailed Study Notes
    • Transcript


Navigating the vast landscape of research literature, particularly in the realm of nutrition science, presents numerous challenges for readers seeking to extract meaningful insights.

Before diving into research papers, individuals should have a precise understanding of the specific questions they seek to address. Without this clarity, there is a risk of wasting time on irrelevant studies or misinterpreting findings.

Furthermore, the selective approach to sourcing research is crucial. With countless studies available, employing heuristic strategies to filter out irrelevant ones and prioritize those aligned with research goals is essential.

Effectively reading nutrition studies requires a nuanced understanding of statistical concepts and methodologies used in various studies. Developing this understanding can be challenging, especially for individuals without a background in statistics or research methodology.

  • How can individuals effectively navigate the vast volume of research literature to find studies relevant to their interests or research objectives?
  • What are some common pitfalls to avoid when reading and interpreting nutrition science research?
  • What role do external influences, such as media coverage or recommendations from experts, play in shaping perceptions of research findings?
  • Are there specific strategies or tools that people can use to streamline their research process and optimize their time spent reading research papers?

In this episode, we discuss all these issues.

Co-hosts for this Episode

Dr. Alan Flanagan has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Surrey, where his doctoral research focused on circadian rhythms, feeding, and chrononutrition.

This work was based on human intervention trials. He also has a Masters in Nutritional Medicine from the same institution.

Dr. Flanagan is a regular co-host of Sigma Nutrition Radio. He also produces written content for Sigma Nutrition, as part of his role as Research Communication Officer.

Danny Lennon has a master’s degree (MSc.) in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork, and he is the founder of Sigma Nutrition.

Danny is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Sports Nutrition Association, the global regulatory body responsible for the standardisation of best practice in the sports nutrition profession.

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