Friday, March 28, 2014

GUEST POST in Celebration of National Nutrition Month- from the mouth of a Dietetics student!!

Nutrition is a growing academic field and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share some words with you from a dietetic student on the Future of Nutrition.

Please welcome Natalie to Eighty Twenty!

Hi everyone! My name is Natalie and I am a second year dietetics student. I am honored to be guest posting on Lindsay’s wonderful blog: eat8020. To celebrate the end of National Nutrition Month, today I am going to talk to you about a challenge and a goal for dietitians in the future. 

A challenge future dietitians face is keeping up with all of the new nutrition information emerging. From studies on saturated fats, gluten, plant oils, and many more, there is so much learning to do.  Nutrition is a field that is constantly changing due to new research coming out.  As a dietitian, and even now as a student, it is very important to keep up and focus on the information that is evidence-based. Since dietitians are the “food experts”, we have to be able to determine which facts are valid and which facts lack supporting research. All of the contradicting information out there can make it hard to figure out what to believe and where to start. 

This leads me to a goal many future dietitians face: making nutrition information easier to understand. It can be confusing trying to figure out what to eat. Many people don’t understand how a certain nutrient can affect so many processes in the body. A goal for many dietitians is to explain nutrition concepts to clients/patients without overwhelming them. Dietitians are there to help you and want to make information simpler so that it is easier to comprehend and use in everyday life!

 Dietetics is a growing, exciting field and I can’t wait to learn even more! Thank you for reading my blog post and I hope you enjoyed National Nutrition Month!

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