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Food and Nutrition Myths among Future Secondary School Teachers: A Problem of Trust in Inadequate Sources of Information

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Department of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Applied Languages, Villanueva de la Cañada, Alfonso X the Wise University, 28691 Madrid, Spain
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Interfacultative Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education, Autonomous University of Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Modern Language Studies, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC 27410, USA
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Education Department of the Government of Madrid, Equipo de Orientación Educativa y Psicopedagógica General de Getafe, C/Montserrat Caballé, 2, 28903 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Jean Pierre Poulain
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(9), 325; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090325
Received: 6 July 2021 / Revised: 17 August 2021 / Accepted: 23 August 2021 / Published: 28 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Studies and Sociology)
The Internet and social networks are full of nutrition information, offering people guidance to make healthy eating choices. These sources always present themselves as a gateway to reliable information on healthy eating; however, too often this is not the case. Far from being trustworthy, there are usually plenty of food myths. A food myth is a widespread false belief about food, nutrition, and eating facts that gives rise to certain behaviors, from fashionable trends to diets. Academic training is a valuable tool to combat food myths and the pseudoscience linked to them, but educators must participate in this battle. To test this idea, we analyzed the prevalence of nine highly popular food myths held by 201 secondary school Spanish teachers. The aim was to assess whether expertise in science areas prevents teachers from falling into these food misconceptions. Our study results showed that food myths are held regardless of specialty area. The power of the media in popularizing and spreading nutrition myths among educators may be the cause, even more potent than academic training. We conclude that since scientific knowledge is not enough to erase food myths, we need further actions if we aim to prevent the problems that food myths may cause. View Full-Text
Keywords: food; nutrition; nutrition myths; healthy habits; secondary teachers food; nutrition; nutrition myths; healthy habits; secondary teachers
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Moreno-Rodríguez, V.P.; Sánchez-Cabrero, R.; Abad-Mancheño, A.; Juanes-García, A.; Martínez-López, F. Food and Nutrition Myths among Future Secondary School Teachers: A Problem of Trust in Inadequate Sources of Information. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 325. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090325

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Moreno-Rodríguez VP, Sánchez-Cabrero R, Abad-Mancheño A, Juanes-García A, Martínez-López F. Food and Nutrition Myths among Future Secondary School Teachers: A Problem of Trust in Inadequate Sources of Information. Social Sciences. 2021; 10(9):325. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090325

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Moreno-Rodríguez, Vanessa P., Roberto Sánchez-Cabrero, Alfonso Abad-Mancheño, Almudena Juanes-García, and Fernando Martínez-López. 2021. "Food and Nutrition Myths among Future Secondary School Teachers: A Problem of Trust in Inadequate Sources of Information" Social Sciences 10, no. 9: 325. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090325

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