Topic: analyzing nutritional claims coursework

Assignment 1 (Sections A & B):
This assignment will help you learn to critically analyze the multitude of nutrition information found in the
media to determine what has merit and what is nutrition quackery. You will also learn how to assess your diet
compared to Canada’s Food Guide.
You should have completed the assigned readings for Unit 1 and Unit 2 before attempting this assignment. You
will be submitting both a Microsoft Word document and a Microsoft Excel document, as well as a copy of article
from Section A into the assignment 1 drop box. You are only allowed one drop box submission, so ensure that
all files are attached before you click on the submit button.
Policy for Late Assignments: 10% of the total marks will be subtracted for each day that the assignment is late
(i.e. 10% for 1 day late, 20% for 2 days late, 30% for 3 days late, etc.). If you are unable to complete the
assignment due to medical reasons (medical certificate required), compassionate reasons or university sport
related events, please contact the instructor (send an email), preferably before the due date.
Marks for Assignment 1 = 40 marks
Include the following with your assignment:
Title Page: Include a title page with your name, student number, course name and section, instructor’s name and
date. [1 mark]
Reference list: include the items referenced in your assignment in APA format (as a minimum, everyone should
have the article, the textbook (or course notes), and the Canada’s Food Guide website listed). [1 mark]
A. Analyzing Dietary/Nutritional Claims
Find an article that makes a dietary or nutritional claim. (e.g. “lose weight while you sleep with ‘x’ diet
pill”, “gain muscle mass fast and easy with ‘x’ supplement”, “follow this diet plan to detox your body”, “add ‘x’
super vitamin to your diet to prevent illness”).
The article can be from an online magazine, online newspaper or online advertisement. The article is to be from
the popular press (directed at consumers) not the scientific literature.
A copy of the online article must be submitted with your assignment (include a screen shot of the article, a
picture of the article or copy and paste the article into a Microsoft Word document. A weblink to the article does
not count) [1 mark].
Write a critique (in point form) about this article. Include the following information:
a. Describe the dietary or nutritional claim made in your article [1 mark].
b. Discuss whether or not this article has the characteristics of valid nutrition information or whether it has
the characteristics of nutrition quackery with direct links to your course readings and provide specific
examples of each characteristic from your article [6 marks – 1 mark per characteristic with example
from your article]. (e.g. “The claim in the article is ‘too good to be true’: the article promises weight loss
while you sleep”).
Consult your course notes for Unit 1 and the corresponding chapter in your textbook, specifically:
 Consumer Corner: Reading Nutrition News with an Educated Eye
Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles HNSC 1210 D01 Assignment 1 2
 Controversy Unit 1: Sorting the Imposters from the Real Nutrition Experts

  • Figure: Earmarks of Nutrition Quackery
  • Table: Is this Site Reliable?
    c. Clearly state your conclusion (i.e. is your article an example of valid nutrition information or does it have
    the characteristics of nutrition quackery?) [1 mark].
    Format and Style
    Critique Formatting: approximately one-page double spaced (2 pages maximum, not counting reference list),
    and in point form (i.e. you do not need to write full sentences). The critique will be marked for spelling,
    grammar, and clarity (i.e. marks will be deducted for spelling errors, incorrect grammar, etc.). [1 mark]
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