Tuesday, March 27, 2012

'Press Release' Re: chocolate, should be melted in double-boiler

This is shameful, that the media negligently prints a press release that is misleading and arose from a flawed study.

How many people complain that 'science' tells us to eat something or avoid something?
A lot.
Because of flawed studies like this one.
Because of the media who cannot read what is written, and lack critical reflection skills.

Here's the press release.
Dr. , Family doc and founder of Ottawa's Bariatric Medical Institute writes:

It told me that the University of California in San Diego's PR department is beyond shameless, and that the Archives of Internal Medicine will publish pretty much anything.

So what did the study actually show?
The study looked at 975 men and women, aged 20-85, who filled out a single food frequency questionnaire as part of their enrollment in a study that was meant to look at the non-cardiac impact of statin drugs. Included in the questionnaire was the question, "How many times a week do you consume chocolate?". The authors then looked at the relationship between chocolate frequency and BMI controlling for:
  1. Fruit and vegetable intake
  2. Saturated fat intake
  3. Mood
  4. Number of days of week active for at least 20 minutes.

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