Happy new year! I’m looking forward to a good year with you and a lot of interesting nutrition questions and conversation.
With the start of each new year comes a bevy of nutrition, diet and food trends. Some evidence-based, many just quackademic medicine or the creeping of pseudoscience into medical and nutrition science. But their presence will populate the Internet and conversations of many of your patients and clients. And they’ll you ask about them.
So just ahead are 7 nutrition questions based on these trends that you’ll likely be asked. This way you have a head’s up on topics to pay attention to and read more thoroughly.
Seven Nutrition Questions You’ll Likely Be Asked
- I’m trying to eat more protein. What do you think about eating insects? Would you try crickets or which one? Science Direct has a good review article on insect protein as well as the macro and micro nutrients and possible contraindications from some bioactive compounds. See Show Note Resources below.
- What is cheese tea? Is it as good for me? Basically it’s black or green tea sipped through a topping of cream cheese. The cream cheese might be blended with cream, mascarpone or condensed milk plus have added flavors like lemon. Reminds me of the coffee with butter trend. The New York Times has a very interesting article on food and flavor trends. See Show Note Resources below.
- What’s oat milk? Oat milk is the latest introduction into the non-dairy category which has become popular because of interest in plant-based eating. If you compare it to cow’s milk and soy milk it has much less protein but relative to other plant-based beverages including almond, cashew, coconut, and rice, it contains more per serving.
- Why are fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and other picked things good for my stomach? Which ones should I eat? Maybe you will hear the words gut or microbiome instead of stomach as more people become familiar with these terms. This is a great opportunity to educate on pre and probiotics and the microbiome.
- I want to lose weight. What about the pegan diet? Should I try it?Created by Dr. Mark Hyman, it’s a cross between a paleo and vegan diet. According to Pinterest, the search for this word has risen over 300% the last 6 months. US News and World Report had a team of experts review 41 eating plans. The pegan diet wasn’t on it. The happy dance goes to the Mediterranean diet. Their article goes on to break the diets out into categories such as best for weight-loss, best diets overall, best heart-healthy diets etc.
- I want to exercise but don’t have time. Is HIIT training for me? Spelled HIIT, this interval training pushes your effort level up to 90-95 of your maximum heart rate usually with 20-second intervals. It’s become popular with the time crunched. Check out our podcast: #13 Interval Training to Boost Metabolism with registered physiotherapist Mark Barrett from Australia. You can find it on Beyond Bariatric Surgery
- I’ve been told not to eat eggs for as long as I can remember. Is this still true? Eggs are popular because of the paleo diet but also their bad boy reputation is finally changing and the interest in protein has made them trendy once again. Expect questions on eggs and protein as well eye health, particularly lutein for prevention of macular degeneration.
Thank you for listening. Remember the show notes have links to a lot of resources for you to dig deeper on these questions. Also we have the link to dietitian Dana Angelo White’s The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. You find it here on the website under Shop Products We Love and then Books. Do you have a topic you want to hear more about? I love hearing your comments and suggestions.
Show Notes: Nutrition Questions Resources