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Nutrition Trends

I just returned from the American Dietetic Association's Food and Nutrition Conference in Chicago! What a wonderful conference full of all kinds of information! I will probably post blogs about different things I learned for the next few days.

One session I found especially interesting was a report on a Nutrition Trends Survey that the ADA conducts every few years.

Here are some highlights:

  • Importance of Nutrition: 67% of people surveyed said diet and nutrition is "very important" to them.
  • Whole grains: The message is definitely getting out about whole grains. 56% of people surveyed said they are eating more! 94% of respondents knew that whole grain bread is healthier than white bread.
  • Fruits and veggies: Almost half of the respondents said they were eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Trans fat: 56% of people said they have cut back on foods that contain trans fat
  • Meats: 41% and 33% of people are cutting back on beef and pork, respectively
  • Sugar: 20% said they were cutting back on sugar
  • Omega-3's: 38% said they have increased consumption

Where do people get their nutrition information?
  1. Television
  2. Magazines
  3. Internet
  4. Newspapers
  5. Family/friends
  6. Doctor
Registered Dietitians were considered by 78% of the respondents to be the most credible source of nutrition information, followed by 61% saying doctors were a credible source as well.

Logo courtesy of the American Dietetic Association
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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