Friday, November 5, 2010

Where do you get your nutrition advice?

Most physicians are not fully educated in nutrition from medical school and may not be the best professional to speak to regarding advice on your diet. That is why there are nutritionists and dieticians who not only focus in this area but are also required to keep up with the current scientific knowledge in this area. Doctors rely on them and you should too when you are determining whether you are getting the nutrients you need.

Read labels and don't assume that the nutrients you might expect are there. Just check the package and you will know for sure. Unless the food is enriched (to add back the nutrients that are removed in processing) or fortified (adding nutrients above and beyond that in the food prior to processing) you may be shortchanged.

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First trained as a food chemist and nutritionist, my career began enriching a Twinkie, comparing the nutrition of a Twinkie to an apple and studying the role of sugar in the diet. With an M.B.A. and years in food and pharma understanding consumers and manufacturers, I'm back to where I started - food should taste great and serve to keep us healthy. To do so, there needs to be consumer awareness. Consumers need to vote for what they want by buying what they really want. If they buy impulsively, that's what they will see more of. They need to practice balance and responsible choices. That's when change will come. Please engage me with your conversation so that I can help you make and stick to better food choices that you enjoy. You'll gain a deeper appreciation of food not only from farm to table but farm to health. My vision is to promote solutions for healthful food and food practices you can happily embody and embrace!