Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

Are dietitians food police?

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Myth 34: Dietitians only eat healthy foods – never chocolate, fries, chips or candy
What Dietitians of Canada says:
“No way! Dietitians eat all sorts of difference foods, even chocolate, french fries, chips and candy…on occasion… Dietitian have a real passion for nutrition, health and food. Just like anyone else, we enjoy foods that make our taste buds tingle! Dietitians believe that healthy foods are delicious foods. And we also believe that there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat.”
What I say:
I hate the perception that dietitians are “Food police”. However, I don’t think we can all be painted with the same brush in either direction. Sadly, not all dietitians have a passion for nutrition, health and food, although many of us do. Like many people in many different careers, for some dietitians this is just a job not a passion. A dirty little secret of the nutrition field is that some dietitians are drawn to the field because they have issues with food (i.e. eating disorders or disordered eating). I wish that we all shared a passion for delicious nutritious food and I wouldn’t even put chocolate on the unhealthy food list (as long as it’s a small quantity of high-quality dark chocolate). Unfortunately, I can recall nutrition classes in which my fellow future dietitians would sit and consume a bag of Doritos and a large bottle of Coke for lunch. I also know dietitians who have little or no interest in cooking. And while I don’t know any, I’m sure that there are dietitians who don’t take pleasure in food and who disapprove of occasional treats. It’s also important to note that key words here areoccasional treats as high-calorie, low-nutrient foods should only be consumed every once in a while.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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