Students will write a paper on one side of a current controversy in nutrition. The paper will include the findings of at least two primary studies that were published in nutrition or medical journals, and provide a very brief review of a well-referenced book, or, as an alternative to a book, at least two well-researched and well-referenced articles from reputable health or news websites or other popular-media sources. The paper will be 1000-1200 words long. You must use APA format and style and  double-space your paper.


Topic suggestions:

  • Discuss the pros or cons of a vegetarian, vegan, or raw-food diet.
  • Discuss the pros or cons of a lower-carb, higher-protein diet, or of a Paleo diet.
  • Are nutritional supplements necessary? Can we get all the nutrition we need from a healthy diet? Are there certain supplements that are essential, despite the views of those who claim that none are necessary? Take a position and justify your arguments.
  • Is saturated fat harmful? Should saturated fat, or fat in general, be limited to the extent recommended in government guidelines? Take a side, justify your arguments.
  • Is there value in a low-GI diet? Discuss the pros or cons.
  • Soy: nutritional friend or foe. Take a side and support your stance.
  • Can everyone benefit from a gluten-free diet, or only those with celiac disease. Take a side and support your position.

Please follow this format:

1) Use headings and bold them. Here are the headings:

 a. Introduction-include your position here and use the findings from your secondary sources here. Include why you are taking this position.

 b. Review of research- Describe the findings from your primary references here and use in-text citations. Defend your position pro or con in this section.

 C. Conclusion- This should be a summary of your paper.

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