In an article on PLOS (Public Library of Science), researcher Lindsay Kobayashi highlighted the flaws of a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and how media reports may not tell the whole story, saying “this study is an example of the kind of research that can lead to a lot of public confusion.”
On the non-profit website Genetic Literacy Project, journalist Meredith Knight takes the same study and looks at how misleading headlines can do more harm than good. “Last week the CDC released data that showed almost no one gets recommended amounts of fruit (1.5 to 2 cups) or vegetables (2 to 3 cups) in a day. Seventy six percent of us missed the fruit target and 87 percent didn’t get enough vegetables. And we missed by a lot. Most adults are getting less than half. Low produce intake is linked to a host of disease including stroke, heart disease and—you guessed it—cancer,” Knight reported.