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The Bar Just Got Moved A Lot Higher for Evidence-Based Nutrition Publications

February 20, 2018

One of the biggest issues facing nutrition professionals today is a lack of trust. As nutrition guidelines flip flop back and forth and foods go from being healthy to unhealthy, then back to being healthy again, consumers begin to wonder if nutrition professionals know what they are talking about, and rightfully so. There is a growing demand that claims be backed by solid evidence so we can be more certain that the claim won't be reversed in the near future. However, I'm sure everybody has come across nutrition articles that make some claim and cite research to support that claim - but if you actually review that research, it may not support the claim at all. Others may cite low quality or irrelevant research just so their article appears well supported by research.


Traditionally, at the end of any legitimate nutrition article, you will find a list of references that the article was based on. However, it only lists the title of the study, the authors, and where to find it. It doesn't give you any assurance that the article was properly reviewed, that it wasn't misrepresented, that favorable outcomes weren't cherry-picked, that the clinical trial register was reviewed, that funding sources and conflicts of interest were addressed, or any other information.


The Schwanz Nutrition Journal includes feature articles that review all relevant and meaningful research on a topic. Since it's first publication in January of 2017, the journal has evolved and improved substantially to maintain the highest level of quality. With the February 2018 issue, another big step was taken that goes far above and beyond what other publishers are doing. For every study that is referenced in the feature articles, not only will the study title and authors be listed in the references, but a full review of every study will be provided which includes a summary, a detailed analysis of the subjects, methods, interventions, outcomes, as well as a risk of bias assessment that includes important aspects such as the clinical trial registry, blinding, funding sources, and intention to treat analysis. For the current issue, this means that a 3.5 page article is followed by over 20 pages of detailed analyses of the studies referenced in the article. It would be MUCH easier to follow the industry standard and simply list the studies included, but it's MUCH MORE satisfying to LEAD evidence based nutrition in a new direction that is more reliable and more transparent.

When passion and integrity come together, magic happens.


GO DOGMA GO - A new video series showing you important aspects of interpreting nutrition research with a step by step guide on how to implement them using actual published studies. Get away from the dogma and help lead the evidence-based movement. Subscribe to the Schwanz Nutrition Youtube Channel as videos will be coming soon.


New Facebook group: Evidence Based Nutrition for Dietitians - this group was created as a platform for dietitians around the world to discuss and debate best practices in nutrition. We're just getting started, so join today and encourage your RD colleagues to join as well.


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