Dietitians of Canada debunk one food myth per day in March
March is National Nutrition Month and dietitians across Canada are busy busting myths and misinformation about Canadians’ food and nutrition.
This year’s theme encourages people to ‘Get the Real Deal on Your Meal’. Every day in March, Dietitians of Canada (DC) will discuss a different food myth and present the ‘real deal’ to DC website visitors. The campaign is based on real-life situations dietitians have experienced with clients, family and friends.
- A client reads a tweet about the latest superfoods they should eat to be healthier
- A shopper searches the grocery store shelves for gluten-free foods because a friend told her that everyone should avoid gluten
- A diner takes the bun off their burger because they think cutting carbs will help them lose weight
“Nutrition information has never been more accessible than right now,” said Janice Macdonald, director, communications, Dietitians of Canada. “Ironically, there’s also more confusion and misinformation than ever before. We want to talk about the most popular myths – and more importantly – focus on the facts.”
DC polled its members from coast to coast and selected the top 39 myths. Food and nutrition research was then collected to debunk each myth and arm dietitians with the evidence needed to talk to Canadians.
“We want Canadians to have accurate information so they can make informed choices about the food they eat,” said Macdonald. “Dietitians are the reliable, year-round source for the most current thinking on food and nutrition.”
Readers can find the debunked myths beginning March 1 at www.dietitians.ca
Dietitians of Canada is the national professional association for dietitians, representing more than 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national levels. DC is one of the largest organizations of dietetic professionals in the world and has led the Nutrition Month Campaign for 30 years.
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