Anotated Bib Peer Review Olivia Knutson

My topic is the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Are they long enough?
Any suggestions?

I don't know how long the first article was but you could add a little more to the summary but you don't need to. The second summary was very good in length. They were both very detailed and gave me a good incite on what the mediterranean diet it, (I never knew what it was before) You did use the CRAAP test on both articles so that was good. Both the reflection sections were very good. I like how the first article made you change your topic a little, into something you were more interested in. They were both very well done. Out of both of them I really enjoyed the second one a little more, earning about the study and facts was very interesting. -Rachel Modrow

You were very detailed about the information each article provided for you, which is great. You explained why your sources will be useful, and how they are credible with detail, which will help when it comes to the time to write your paper. I don't feel like you need to change anything about these two, because you explain very well and used each of the components you needed to write about the sources.
-Sarah-Anne Hoit

Annotated Bibliography Olivia Knutson

Whitney, Conner Middelmann. "Time To Take Milk Off The Menu?" Psychology Today. Nourish. March 2013. Web. 6 February 2014

This article discusses the results of a study of women that had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The study compared the mortality rate of the diagnosed women that consumed more high fat dairy products than those that did not consume as many high fat dairy products. Of the 1893 women in the study those who consumed higher amounts of dairy products had a 49% higher mortality rate. The article explains that the culprit for the higher mortality rate is not the milk itself rather the high estrogen levels in the milk caused by the milk harvested from pregnant cows who have a high level of estrogen. It also states that higher than normal estrogen levels caused by the consumption of fatty dairy products has also been linked to have also been linked to ovarian, prostate, and endometrial cancer. Whitney suggests the Mediterranean diet as a healthy alternative to the consumption of dairy. The Mediterranean diet traditionally was low on the consumption of processed dairy products, with the main source of dairy coming from fermented dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and goats milk.

The article is current, less than a year old. It has functioning links.The author of this article is an accredited, nutrition coach, health writer, and author. Her information comes from reliable accredited sources such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and PubMed. The information is relevant to the subject as the study of the risks of fatty dairy products leads to the healthier alternative of Mediterranean diet. The article seems fairly unbiased as the author states the limitations of the study as well as the results of the study.

As I was researching the health risks associated with dairy products I found this article and as I continued reading it led me to the idea that the Mediterranean could have many health benefits. This article provoked me to further research the Mediterranean diet and the more I researched the more interested I became in the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Hence I changed my research topic from milk and health risks and benefits to the risks and benefits if the Mediterranean diet.

Kolata, Gena. "Mediterranean Diet Shown to Ward Off Heart Attack and Stroke" New York Times. Health. February 2013. Web. 10 February 2014

This article is based on a study conducted by researchers interested in the correlation between the Mediterranean and a lower risk of heart disease. The clinical trial was conducted of 7446 adults who had high risk of heart disease. The study participants were randomly divided into three groups. The first group was given a low fat diet and at first not much counseling or advice on how to stick to it. After the first group was struggling to stay with the low fat diet they were given more counseling and encouragement. However, they still labored to maintain a low fat diet even with the coaching from nutritionists. The other two groups were put on the Mediterranean diet with immediate counseling and encouragement to improve adherence to the diet. Since the low fat dieters could not adhere to the diet as well as those on the Mediterranean diet the study essentially compared the modern diet to the Mediterranean diet. Researchers tested those in the latter two groups with urine and blood samples to be certain they were following the Mediterranean diet. The results of the study showed a 30 percent lower chance of heart disease for those who followed the Mediterranean diet. All though the success of the Mediterranean diet and decreasing heart related illnesses was shown in this study the researches do not know how the diet would affect adults with a low risk for heart disease.

The article is current. It has functioning links. The article relates to my research topic quite well. The intended audience is the readers of the New York Times. The article was published by a renowned newspaper. The author of the article is a highly accredited writer for the New York times who writes mainly on science and medicine. The information comes from cites such as the New Journal of Medicine and the New York Times. The purpose of this information is to sell a newspaper as well as inform people of the possible benefits of reforming your diet.

This article makes a good point as it shows that not only is the Mediterranean diet healthy but it also is somewhat less difficult to stick to than other "heart healthy diets". The article also shows that there are critics of the Mediterranean diet and that to some people it is not a fool proof method to preventing heart disease.

  • Are the summaries detailed enough that you understand what the source is all about? Are there details that the writer included that are unnecessary to the summary? What questions are you left with after reading the summaries?
  • Did the reviewer evaluate the sources using the CRAAP test? Do you see criteria based judgements about each letter (currency, relevance,authority, accuracy, purpose)? What is missing?
  • Are the reflection sections complete enough that you understand how the writer responded to the sources? Could they include more information?
  • Based on these two entries, in what direction do you think the writer's research is going?
  • What questions are you left with after reading these entries?
  • What are these annotations' weaknesses?
  • What are these annotations' strengths?
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