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For healthy eating and nutrition, choose a certified expert says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Posted:  Friday, December 26, 2014

It’s that festive time of the year when people undertake resolutions, most of them revolving around health. When deciding your health goals, whom do you consult? The internet is flooded with copious health articles and tips - but can they be relied upon? Not really. If you are serious about your health, choose an educated and trained expert, says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In an earnest request, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests consulting only registered dieticians for authentic and reliable nutrition information and for charting health goals and aims.

"Whether it's weight loss, functional foods, food allergies or menu and food labels, nutrition is one of the hottest topics in the country today. Just like seeking a doctor's advice when looking for medical information, it is vital that consumers understand the importance of where they get their nutrition information. Misinformation from individuals who are uneducated, untrained or unqualified in nutrition can, at the least, be a waste of time, and at the worst be fatal," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson Lauri Wright.

A registered dietitian nutritionist is an expert on food and nutrition who has met the essential academic and professional requirements, including completing an accredited bachelor’s degree and a national examination. They would have also completed continuing professional educational programmes and earned valuable experience working with a health-care facility in addition to their coursework.

There is no one size fits all approach to nutrition and social and print media is replete with contradictory suggestions. In such a scenario, a registered dietician will be able to provide latest yet reliable guidelines on healthy eating habits.

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