White County Public Library

 Cathy Farley Director 

      Contradictory research.  You encounter it every day when you listen to news reports and read articles in newspapers and on-line.  In the course of three hours last week, I read plenty of contradictory information about eggs.  One web site said eggs are full of protein and have no carbs or sugars.  Sounds great, doesn't it?  But another web site told me that eggs have high levels of cholesterol and may contain Salmonella.  Yet another web site told me eggs contain all nine essential amino acids and are naturally gluten free.  Still another site said eating just one egg a day can significantly reduce your lifespan and increase your risk of heart disease.  What am I supposed to believe? 
     In looking for accurate research, ask yourself these questions:
     Is the research supported by someone who wants to see you something?  If so, the research is probably skewed to present the product in a favorable light.
      Is the research reported by a person or group who wants to influence your thinking?  If so, the research is more than likely sensationalized findings from very small sample groups.
       Do I know better?  Sometimes, we get blown away by outlandish claims and forget to apply our common sense.  You are the best judge of what is right for you.  Do not forget to listen to your own voice.
      Evaluating contradictory research is every consumer's responsibility.  Good luck with that!  Meanwhile, I will be sitting here, just staring at this egg.......

                               -Cathy Farley