By: Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD Date: 11/9/10
Being among 10,000 of my professional colleagues attending educational sessions in Boston at theAmerican Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition conference has been fantastic. Nutrition is an evolving science and keeping up to date is essential for all practicing registered dietitians.
This blog is not long enough to cover all the cutting-edge presentations, so instead here are a few highlights that intrigued and inspired me:
• Doctors Walter Willett, Dariush Mozaffarian, Lewis Kuller and Alice Lichtenstein debated the validity of the low fat diet and they all agreed that more important than limiting total or saturated fat is replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat or smart carbs. Reducing the risk of heart disease requires a total diet approach with an emphasis on nutritious foods.
• The truth about weight loss and detox diets was another hot topic. Research shows that all diets can work, regardless of the amount of carbs, protein or fat as long as the calories are reduced, there is support and the plan can be followed long term. And when it comes to detox, don’t bother because your body everything it needs to detox your system.
• Everyone loves nuts and the good news is when you eat pistachios, which are a great source of protein and healthy fats, it is easier to control calories and how much you eat when you leave the shells as a reminder of your nutritious snack.
• According to the ADA 2010 Family Nutrition and Physical Activity survey, families are eating more meals. Almost 73% of the 1,193 families surveyed, almost 73 percent are eating at home on school nights. Families that eat at home together are more likely to eat nutritious meals.
• Looking to boost your immunity? Look no further than the produce section at the grocery store. Super nutritious fruits and vegetables are mega stars for so many reasons, including how they can boost your immune system.
• Research on soy suggests that female children and adolescents who eat soy early in life can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life.
What intrigued and inspired you?