Temple University Study Did Not Conclude Link Between Canola Oil Consumption and Alzheimer's
Temple University scientists recently reported the results of their study
involving mice that were genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's
Disease-like neural pathology fed with canola oil. Their findings suddenly
evolved into fake news stories linking Alzheimer's with canola oil
Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences
Department at the University of Florida, explains how sensationalist media
misinterprets science transforming facts into fake news, using the canola
oil study as an example.
According to Dr. Folta, the findings of the Temple University scientists do
not show that canola oil causes memory problems, dementia, obesity, and
Alzheimer's Disease, especially in humans. However, the contents of the
press release of Temple University titled "Canola Oil Linked to Worsened
Memory and Learning Ability in in Alzheimer's Disease, Temple Researchers
Report," was not in line with the conclusion of the research. The press
release was picked up by other news writers who published content that
caused public fear towards canola oil consumption.
"It is a perfect storm for distrust. A set of experiments by competent
experts, an exaggerated press release from a university communications
office and runaway unfiltered media turn a modest set of results into a
public health crisis. It is the perfect recipe to sprout a horrendously
bogus claim from a seed of truth and a stunning example of how false
information propagates and shapes food choice," Dr. Folta concluded.