By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Curious about the most common nutrition questions registered dietitians get asked? Read on for the top questions to ask a dietitian.
If you want to learn about nutrition but aren't sure what to ask a dietitian, I'm here to help. Without further ado, here are the most common nutrition questions that I get asked. Let the crash course in nutrition begin!
In elementary school, your math teacher might have advised you to ask your burning questions even if you were afraid or embarrassed to do so. She'd say that most likely, other students were wondering the same things and would be grateful for your questions.
Well, in my last five or so years as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I've learned that this rings true about nutrition topics, too. In fact, so many people have the exact same questions, from "what are the top vitamin brands?" to "what are the best foods for brain health?"
Many of the most common nutrition questions I get asked frequently surround two topics: protein and gut health. Thanks to the current interest in healthy eating, protein and gut health are having big moments. However, with so much information online and all around us, things can all get confusing, fast.
That's why I'm revealing—and answering—the most common questions I get on these topics. By the time you've scrolled through this whole blog post, you'll have clear-cut answers to many of your questions about nutrition, plus a few ideas to make a meal that has an often-contested health status (re: sandwiches) even better for you. Cue the Jeopardy! music!
The Most Common Questions I Get Asked About Healthy Eating
Looking for the inside scoop on how to eat well? Every dietitian knows more than a couple of tricks for maximizing flavor and the nutrients in food. I like to think of creative ways to use fruits and vegetables in my dishes, because they're packed with so much filling fiber and lots of beneficial vitamins.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring—produce can be party worthy! Want in on more nutritionist-approved secrets for better health?
I asked fellow RDs to spill the beans about their top wellness secrets in my post for The Healthy. If you want to nourish like a pro, you don't want to miss these life-changing tips from nutrition experts.
One of my top nutrition tips: Pair your foods to increase nutrient absorption. Some foods are even better together. Find out which pairings pack the biggest nutritional punch in my article. Bonus: These combos are so flavorful, too.
Of course, maintaining a good activity level is important for good health, too, in addition to keeping up a healthy diet.
The Most Common Questions I Get Asked About Protein
Protein is such an important macronutrient that helps keep your body fueled and your muscles strong. But important doesn't mean simple.
With so many people searching for the *magic amount* of protein you need in a day and the best sources of plant-based protein foods and more, I knew I had to lend a helping hand by sharing the answer to the most FAQ I get about protein in this Well+Good article.
The Most Common Questions I Get Asked About Gut Health
With kombucha, kefir, and fermented foods becoming more and more consumed–and topping all the new food trends lists–I've been asked about gut health more times than I can count. In this Well+Good article, I clear up any misunderstandings about getting your gut in tip-top shape.
Spoiler: You don't need fancy sauerkraut and expensive probiotics to get the job done.
The Most Common Questions I Get About What Not to Eat
From sugar-free candy to low-fat peanut butter, there are more than a few foods I skip over when I'm at the grocery store. These products appear healthy at first glance but fail to live up to the hype after a closer look.
Want to know more about the nutrition myths dietitians dislike the most and the foods that nutritionists won't eat? Here are "healthy" snacks dietitians want you to stop eating ASAP. I shed light on common foods that aren't as nutritious as they seem, in this article. (Hint: One might be sugar-free candy!) The bottom line: Don't be fooled by these unhealthy nibbles.
Wondering what foods RDs won't eat? Want to eat like a dietitian? I share the menu item I always skip over in this See what my fellow nutritionists won't eat, too.
This blog post was updated in October 2020.
- 17 Nutritionists Reveal Their Top Healthy-Eating Secrets,
- 7 Food Pairings That Will Increase Nutrient Absorption,
- I’m an RD, and These Are the Most Common Questions I Get Asked About Protein,
- I’m an RD, and These Are the 3 Most Common Questions I Get Asked About Gut Health,
- 13 "Healthy" Snacks That Dietitians Want You to Stop Eating ASAP,
- The Foods Nutritionists Won't Eat,
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