Through scientific studies and clinical trials, we know that nutrition plays a great role in disease risk modification, ie. help prevent and reduce risk of disease by slowing progression of disease.
The field of nutrition have captured the eye of many, including myself. I am a food scientist and I always differentiate the role of food scientist and nutritionist. Food scientist studies and practices the science of preserving a food, keeping them safe and tasty. Nutritionist, on the other hand, would be more concern about the nutrients within a food and the role of nutrients in our diet.
I graduated as a food scientist with less than 5 nutrition classes. I know something about nutrition but doesn't have enough knowledge to support myself as a nutritionist. I am more known as a nutritionist than a food scientist as everyone love nutritionist and no one really care what food scientist does. It is a back-end job, where you are the force behind a curtain and what the community see is the front-end, the nutritionist suggesting food to be taken and explaining nutrients in a formulation. It is a world where food scientist create a formulation and nutritionist sell the food and get appreciated for it.
Nutritionist role, however, are still limited to providing suggestion for healthy eating and living purposes. Nutritionists cannot perform medical condition diagnostic for you and only doctors and medical practitioner can do that for you. However, the nutritionist can suggest that you should be aware of any medical condition that might affect you due to your current dietary habits.
Nutritionists are educated personnel on nutrients and dietary habits. They told us to be picky eater and dictate 'good foods' and 'bad foods' as found in our diet. Do they follow what they advise? This is a question that I always wanted to get an answer. Some of my friends, nutritionists, are aware of sugar being a 'bad' category of food but still take lots of deserts -women's best friend. Are they breaking what they have said?
Yes and no. It is true that food in the 'bad' categories need to be reduce but the other key to healthy nutrition is 'moderation'. A little bit once a while, in moderation, help reduce craves and makes you feel good. The question is do you trust nutritionist's judge for food? Most people trust nutritionist because they believe in the role of nutritionist.
Another question for you is do you think natural health product or supplement store are equipped with the right nutritionist or just some sales assistance being trained few hours to sell these nutrients that are thought to be beneficial for our health?
Hope to hear from you.
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