May 28, 2014
Are RDNs Being Taught Proper Nutrition?
If you don't believe that registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are in the pocket of Big Food, you need to read this blog. The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (AND) keeps setting themselves up as the only organization to educate people about nutrition, but it fact are just parroting what Big Food and Big Government wants them to say.
The annual conference of the California Dietetic Association demonstrates just how in bed with Big Food the group is. I suggest that you read this article by Kiera Butler, who attended the conference and had some real interesting comments about the sponsors. They included the Wheat Council, Hershey's, McDonalds, the International Food Information Council, Coca-Cola, Abbott Nutrition, Pepsi, General Mills, and Kellogg’s.
The RDNs were told that GMOs are perfectly safe and environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on this and many proposed studies have been stonewalled and funds withheld. This is how the USDA and Big Agriculture protect their vested interests. The Wheat Council hosted a presentation about how gluten intolerance was just a fad, not a real medical problem. For those that live with Celiac Disease, it is a real medical problem and whole grains are permanently off the menu.
Lest you think that all members of AND are in agreement with Big Food, they are not. They have formed a new organization named Dietitians for Professional Integrity (DPI). This group is presently trying to work within AND. It will be interesting to see if they are successful, which I have big doubts considering the leadership of AND and the activities at the state level to have laws passed to make criminals out of other professional nutritionists with more nutrition education.
Take time to thoroughly explore the link above and learn what some members are trying to do. I wish them well in their endeavor. Attempting to work within AND will require a lot of effort and cause problems for them which they may have difficulty overcoming.