How do you know if the information you’re basing your and your families diet on is actually good for you? The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has just updated their Food Facts information sheet for children. It has some simple guidelines to help you to choose healthier choices for your child(ren). There are lots of evidence based information sheets on the BDA Foodfacts page which range from age to condition to nutrient specific information.
The great thing about the information they provide is that you can be assured that it’s evidence-based. Theatre regularly reviewed and updated by Registered Dietitians (RD). To be a RD you need to have completed at least 4 years at university studying the sciences and doing placements before you take the exams that allow you to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is a regulatory body which regularly checks that professionals are following their code of conduct and maintaining the high standards that are expected. Some nutritionist are also registered but unfortunately they are in the minority. The difference with the title Nutirionist is that it’s not protected so anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist. Yes you can set up practice and give people information tomorrow if you like. You could tell them to eat a cleansing diet of just avocado for 2 weeks (yes this is a real example that a ‘Dr’ (non related arts PhD) gave a friend of mine and yes she paid a lot of money fir the advice). This means that there is a lot of misinformation in the public arena and often people pay a lot of money to be given the ‘advice’. Most worryingly this information can be dangerous (even if given with the best intentions). To find out if your Dietitian is registered visit the HCPC website. No one can use the title Dietitian without being registered here.
There’s lots more info about the difference between Dietitian and nutritionist on the BDAs website.
To find the fact sheet about healthy eating for children visit https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/healthyeatingchildren.pdf
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