Position Paper-Soy: nutritional friend or foe?

Position Paper (150 points)

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 and a grading rubric will be provided in the 5th module posted in the LEO site. 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 certainsupplements 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.


How to name your file: Last,name,firstinitial,position paper, date (Ex: Smith,P_PositionPaper_5.10.16)


Please follow this format for your position paper:


Use headings for each section of the paper and bold them. The headings are highlighted in the directions below.


  1. Title: An original title expressing either pro or con on the selected issue. (Ex.: “The Downside of _____ Diets,” or “The Health Benefits of ________.”
  2. Introduction: An introductory paragraph includes a clear thesis statement. (Handout for review: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/)

This paragraph should also include your position and a brief (3-4 sentences) overview of the findings from your secondary sources. Include why you are taking this position.

  1. Review of research: In this multi-paragraph section (do not write one long paragraph), describe the findings from your primary references here and use in-text citations(http://libguides.css.edu/c.php?g=41681&p=265025).

Defend your position pro or con in this section.

  1. Conclusion: This should be a summary of your paper.
  2. Word count: include word count for body of paper
  3. Reference List: This list must be in APA format with hanging indentations.


(Your reference list would only include the hanging indentation form. The in-text citation form goes in the body of the paper.


Template for Paper

Heading for paper: name, course, date, instructor



Title: (center title)




Review of research:




Word count:


Reference List: