A Dietitians’ Take on #ads and Food Industry Bias

Do you sometimes see #ad and think, “This person is trying to influence what I buy.” Or … Do you scroll right by it? Perhaps you don’t even notice that it’s an ad at all or what that really means?

Nutrition bias? Industry influence? Sponsorship?
When a profitable company is seeking Dietetic professionals to create advertisements for their product they are asking you to influence the market although most prefer the term ‘educate’. Why? Because we’re the biggest influencers of the food market.

Is 63 grams of liquid sugar the answer to high cholesterol?

A friend recently shared this tweet with me: She had asked the tweeter for more details but hadn’t received a response. My response: “Ugh. No wonder so many people don’t trust us as dietitians”. Of course, it’s Florida orange juice that imparts these benefits. Because oranges from other locales couldn’t possibly impart the same benefits (<—…

When life hands you lemons… Put them in the Juicer??

I thought blogging would be easy. Someone actually had the nerve to tell me I couldn’t do it, and while my stubborn streak is determined to prove them wrong, rise tall and conquer I must admit it has been harder than anticipated. Inspiration is a big factor, I’ve quite a few half finished posts I’m just…

The truth about weight loss

I so often hear people complaining about how they’ve fallen off track with healthy eating, exercise, and need to lose weight. It’s so hard to sit silently by, but in my experience, most people don’t want to hear the truth. Fortunately, I have this lovely blog where I can write the truth and if you…

The Arctic apple should go rot (with extra rants)

I have a few things I want to say about GMOs as there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding them and I’ve had a couple of people suggest related topics for blog posts. 1. The Arctic apple was approved for production by the FDA and the CFIA a few weeks ago. Some food…

Follow Friday: School lunches around the world (RE-BLOG)

This collection of photographs of school lunches from around the world has been shared on twitter and facebook a lot. On the off chance that you haven’t seen it yet it’s interesting and mouth-watering. It’s sad to see the American school lunch. Even sadder to know that Canada doesn’t have a national school lunch program. However,…

Is it unethical for dietitians to sell supplements?

Eggcup of Pills photo by John Twohig on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons Licence. Something happened recently that kind of blew my mind. I was always under the impression that it was a conflict of interest for a dietitian to sell supplements. Short of causing someone harm, in my mind, it was pretty much…

5 things low-carb gurus don’t want you to know

I hate these lists: 5 foods you should never eat, 8 foods for a flat belly, and one I saw last week “10 Things Dietitians Say About Low-Carb Diets That Don’t Make Sense“. I should confess that as a dietitian, the headline alone immediately got my back up. Still, I took the bait and clicked…