Have you heard? Kale is Toxic! Here’s My Take…

Here’s something that annoys me—“journalists” writing clickbait stories. I see it all the time… a study gets published—often not even peer reviewed—but because the research paper in question seems controversial enough, the author will write their own article on the subject. I like to think that sometimes they have good intentions and simply didn’t do their due diligence and just read the abstract, but regardless; it’s a shame. Most people hear about new scientific discoveries not by directly reading the research papers, but instead by reading articles. The problem is if the particular study in question is a bad one, or if it isn’t even a study at all but some anecdotal observation, there’s a lot open to interpretation. At worst, bad science is at risk of being publicized. (more…)