Nutrition in the News
By: Ailea Lee-Wilson
Why Crunchy Food Might Help You Lose Weight
The article’s author Kristine Thomas has limited information about her through the Health website, so her writings about health are not strong or recommended for using as a professional source. The source of the article, Health, has a link to their website that explains what the website is about, their goals for their articles, accuracy of content, and their editorial policy. They do not claim to be a medical professional website with factual information, Health (2016) has stated, “The material in this site is intended to be of general informational use and is not intended to constitute medical advice, probable diagnosis, or recommended treatments.” The article is short and easy to read. Most readers would appreciate this because it is in simple terms and explains the topic of the article without added unnecessary information. The article gives credit to the research conductors of the topic and they are from well-known universities. I do not find this article or the experiments conducted to have a strong scientific basis. The conductors of the study come from a marketing background and no scientific facts or information was stated. Thomas (2016) wrote how in one trial they saw results that proved that loud-music listeners ate more than quiet-music listeners (Health, para. 5). The article claims that multiple experiments were conducted yet the other trials’ results were not declared. The conclusion of the article did not tell people that crunchy foods were a certain way to lose weight. Thomas (2016) says, “Being mindful of your munching could lead you to have fewer chips, or cookies, or nuts.” (Health, para. 6). Overall this article was well-written and will catch many readers to reading more about this “Crunch Effect”. More scientific-based information on this can be found by talking to a physician or looking on .gov websites.