Top Tips for Recognising Good Sources of Nutrition Information
There is so much nutrition information on the internet it is sometimes difficult to know whether what you are reading is right or not. So here are some tools that will equip you when planning a healthy lunch for yourself and your family. Below are our top tips for recognising good sources of nutrition information.
Dietitians Association of Australia
Sports Dietitians Australia
The Heart Foundation Australia
The Coeliac Society Australia
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Other State/National Health organisations such as Queensland Health, Victorian Health (the Better Health Channel), NSW Health and equivalents.
Other countries would have similar agencies and these may even have local branches in your local area or websites that you can consult for further information.
There are a large number of people following diets that are free of particular foods/nutrients. It is important that you only follow these types of diets if you have a diagnosed reason to follow them, so that you ensure that your diet remains balanced. Your local Dietitian can help with balancing your diet (considering your needs to be free of a particular nutrition or food), so it is really important that you consult an accredited or registered Dietitian in your local area to help with this.
The best way to ensure you are consulting someone appropriately qualified is to consult your country’s Dietitian’s Association (in Australia that is the Dietitians Association of Australia, in the US, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), in the UK it is the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and in Canada it is the Dietitians of Canada). Other countries have equivalent accreditation or registration qualifications, so please check with your country’s association. Each of these agencies will have either a list of Dietitians in your local area or a symbol/credentials that a Dietitian must have that will indicate that the Dietitian is appropriately qualified to assist you.
Spotting credible nutrition information isn’t as tricky as first thought, by simply following these principles you will be planning a healthy lunch for you and your family with ease. Please remember that any specific dietary information you may need for special diets, please consult the appropriate health professional.
So, spotting good quality nutrition information is as simple as being aware of who is providing the information, whether it is cutting out particular food groups, whether the change it is suggesting is sustainable long term, and whether it is consistent with appropriate nutritional agencies. But following their principles you will be able to ascertain whether the nutritional information you have in front of you is high quality nutrition information.