Beware of Misinformation: The Great Egg Debacle

There’s a lot of information out there. It makes sense; we’re in the digital age with it all at our fingertips. Within seconds I can go from researching quantum mechanics to looking at cute pictures of puppies, and while that’s really cool, it’s also made us into data-processing machines.

We look at online articles or Facebook posts and try to get the most out of them within the least amount of time, sifting through the useless details and only retaining the important parts. They say that there’s more technology in today’s phones than NASA had to send astronauts to the moon, but we don’t always take advantage of that luxury like we should.

We know a lot more, but sometimes the information we learn isn’t always accurate.

study was conducted that related eating eggs to atherosclerosis, which is essentially the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in/on the artery walls. The study itself is biased and doesn’t really address the fact that other factors affect the result, but this isn’t where the majority of misconstrued information came about.

The problem came when articles were writing about this study. All of a sudden, it went from “Eggs may lead to atherosclerosis” to  “Eggs Are as Bad for You as Cigarettes.” This  is a pretty common way to stretch the truth, and the media does a good job of creating content that is eye-catching, even if it isn’t necessarily accurate.

The great egg debate goes further than one study though. Even past all the extensive research that points towards eggs being a good source of protein and overall healthy to eat, there are misleading videos like these:

There are tons of biased, misinformed studies and articles that people click on all the time. They get fed incorrect information and believe it to be true, and that’s how incorrect information spreads and becomes mainstream.

Luckily, at least in the case of this one study, there have been others like this one that debunk the results. Other articles even brought to light the deceptive nature of it.

All we can really do when reading anything, really, is stay aware and engaged of what we’re reading, know who we’re reading it from, and challenge its honesty and integrity.

Happy web surfing!

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