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Dietitians Dish: Great nutrition info at your fingertips

By Katherine Klingle
May 22, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.


There is so much conflicting information in the news about nutrition.

Oftentimes, the result of a small, uncontrolled study hits the media, or an email with questionable information is received by a reader and it gets put into practice without a second thought to its validity. It is incredibly difficult as an everyday consumer to sort out the hype from the facts.

As dietitians, we are bombarded almost daily with questions about possible unproven nutrition practices, prompting us to dig deeper to ask what the source of the information was in order to try to formulate a fact based answer.

Dietitians have learned with so much information floating around, we have to do our best to provide information that is "evidence based."

This refers to recommendations that are derived from controlled studies and evaluation of the validity of these studies, not from an email of unknown origin or information from an untrained expert.

This information is available to us through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) Evidence Analysis Library which registered dietitians and members have access to.

Great for us, right? It truly is. It's an incredible resource of science based information that we can use to understand sort out the facts from the hype to educate our patients.

Fortunately, a lot of this valuable information has been translated into information for the public that is easy to understand and digest. You have access to sound nutritional information by simply entering eatright.org into the address bar of your browser.

Topics such as childhood obesity, healthy weight loss, disease management and prevention, and food safety, just to name a few, are based on sound, scientific review of literature and at your fingertips. There is even a "Kids Eat Right" section with exercise tips and answers to questions like, "Why does yogurt have so much sugar?"

Only read Spanish? There is information in Spanish on the website also.

Take advantage of this wonderful, professional, trusted resource for you, and your family's sake. I guarantee you will learn something interesting and fact, based about nutrition absolutely free, and you will be investing well-spent time in your own health care.

Katherine Klingle is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Send questions or comments to dietitians@vicad.com.

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