January 24, 2020 7:00 am Leave your thoughts
It’s January. It’s a whole new year. You’ve made your resolutions and we’re pretty sure that amongst them is a firm resolve to seek out good nutrition in 2020. But…are we right to suspect that you want something even better than that? Are we right to think that you don’t just want nutrition – but instead, super-nutrition?!
It seems that just as we can super-charge our lives in all manner of ways (and be super-happy, super-cheerful or, of course, super-down-in-the-dumps), so plain old nutrition has also been given a bit of a boost. If you want to be properly healthy, you need to be looking to the next level (or so the papers say). You need SUPER-nutrition – and fortunately, there’s a whole new tier of professionals ready to provide it. No longer are we reliant on nutritionists – those in the know can now access the wisdom of the Super-Nutritionists! Let’s take a look at what they’re telling us!
What do the Super-Nutritionists suggest?
The Daily Mail has done the hard work for us, by identifying seven Super-Nutritionists: all women with wonderfully glossy hair. Most of them are Nutritional Therapists and have some very precise rules and areas of interest. One eats vegetables for breakfast, but warns against the inclusion of kale in smoothies. Another has strict rules on the timing of the eating of fruit. One makes sure never to ‘graze’, because “our genes are highly circadian and we are designed to eat at certain times, not all day”, while the last two, respectively, avoid sunflower oil and refuse to eat after 9pm.
Rather like ‘superfoods’ – foods that do one particular thing particularly well – each of these nutritionists has an area of expertise and focuses heavily on that. The trouble is that their advice and rules don’t combine very well together. Trying to follow all of them, or to pick a path through the conflicting statements, is liable to lead to confusion (and probably, despair).
However, two of the Super-Nutritionists are in fact dieticians – and their advice is both simpler and more wide-ranging. Here’s Dr Meg Rossi:
‘never cut out wholegrains or carbohydrates….Gut bacteria thrive on fibre in plant-based foods, including wholegrains.
She also recommends a varied diet, to increase gut bacteria diversity.
This isn’t terribly thrilling advice – even the staff at Naturally Good Food struggle to get too excited about millet – but we do think it’s spot on. We agree that wholegrains need to be at the centre of a varied diet, and we therefore stock a wonderful selection of them, including all kinds and sizes of barley, quinoa, buckwheat and millet.
Jane Clarke also features as a Super-Nutritionist dietitican, and she wants us all to eat lots of fat:
Can we trust the Super-Nutritionists?
We’ve been a little tongue-in-cheek up to now – but diet isn’t something to be taken lightly. How do we know how much weight to give to the advice dished out by Super-Nutritionists? This information from the BDA (the Association of UK Dieticians) might be of some help. It notes:
“Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
Only those registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of Dietitian/Registered Dietitian (RD).
The minimum qualification requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics.
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.”
“Anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist, a Nutritional Therapist, a Clinical Nutritionist or a Diet Expert. They are not permitted by law to call themselves dietitians.”
If you’re hesitating between differing advice, it makes sense to check out the qualifications of the person giving the advice. Super-nutritionist or not, you’ll need to be super-aware yourself.
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For practical help towards attaining your super-nutritious diet, see Naturally Good Food’s wholefoods section here. We’ve been helping people eat sensibly and well for decades – and have been doing our best to assess advice, expertise and fashions in food eating for just as long!Association of British Dieticians, barley, BDA, buckwheat, Daily Mail, dietician, extra virgin olive oil, fish, Fish4ever, millet, quinoa, super-nutrition, super-nutritionist, superfoods, walnuts, whole grains, Wholefoods, wholegrains
This post was written by Yzanne