We recently attended the AMBITION NUTRITION conference at George Brown College in Toronto where academic professionals, dietitians, culinary experts, and industry leaders joined for an interactive day to examine the gaps and opportunities that exist between research, education, nutrition, diet, and culinary arts. Here are some of the top insights posted on twitter by thought leaders at #AmbitionNutrition…
“Public is confused about #nutrition says @Dmozaffarian” @SueMahRD
“@davidludwigmd advice is to replace highly processed casrbs we healthy fats #weightloss” by @SueMahRD
“Lets fall in love with food again! @MichaelMossC” by @SueMahRD
“Nutrition is emotional & personal – 1 person 1 meal at a time struggle” by @LuciaWeilerRD
“Food is #1 cause of poor health in the world-yet NOT on e-health record-pay more attention 2 diet 4 health @Dmozaffarian” by @LuciaWeilerRD
“Diet quality is the driving force behind obesity” @Dmozaffarian by @JenniferSygo
“Eat less and move more” advice (is too simple and) does not work!…” by @JarRraSummer
“Let’s not vilify foods & stop focusing on the bad ~ let’s flip this & add more good “back to basics” food to our day.” @MairlynSmith
“Your diet is like dating. You have to get to know your diet or it will never last.” @DougMcNish
“It’s not the “bad” in the diet that causes problems. It’s too little of the “good” – Eat veg fish beans @Dmozaffarian” @CaraRosenbloom
“It is all about the quality of your diet not calories in/out when it comes to wt loss & risk of disease @Dmozaffarian” by @ShaunaLindzonRD
“Villifying any food may be the gateway to orthorexia @JennSygo” by @TrishBitesLife
“Creating a healthy and positive food environment has to come from the policy level, not the individual level.” @ConfessionsRD
“Good point re: menu labelling – may cause people to choose lower cal options regardless of their quality @Dmozaffarian” by @chelseaallenrd
“Cilantro haters is not your fault! Blame the Soapy taste on your genes!” @elsohemy by @LuciaWeilerRD
“ Chefs make nutrition recos come to life! Dietitian says pick your fave veg oil!” by @LuciaWeilerRD
Metabolic Syndrome is a dangerous health condition affecting 1 in 5 Canadians. Despite it’s prevalence, little is known about metabolic syndrome. At the Canadian Nutrition Society’s 2016 Conference, experts shed light on this growing public health crisis.
Metabolic Syndrome was only identified about 20 years ago and is not a disease itself but a group of health conditions that includes high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol levels, and excess abdominal fat. People with metabolic syndrome are also more likely to have chronic inflammation, another sign of health in danger.
Lucia Weiler, RD & Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished Professor of Nutrition
Here are the key takeaway messages from the conference:
Dr Penny Kris-Etherton, Pennsylvania State University shared, “The power of a healthy diet is remarkable in lowering metabolic syndrome risk.” A high quality diet that especially includes more fruit and vegetable intake reduces risk of metabolic syndrome. Best results are achieved with concurrent weight loss, but changing to a healthy diet improves metabolic syndrome even without weight loss.
Dr. Wendy Ward, Brock University explained that diabetes weakens bone structure and increases the risk of bone fractures in people with metabolic syndrome.
Gut bacteria contribute to positive health. Dr Comelli, University of Toronto recommended we should aim to have a diverse gut microbiome that resembles a diverse rainforest not a barren desert.
Dr. Angelo Tremblay, Laval University agreed and stated that “Yogurt is the best player of the dairy food team” because it is nutrient dense and provides probiotics to boost good gut bacteria.
Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy, University of Toronto and the father of clinical nutrition in Canada introduced a Metabolic Syndrome CHANGE program and offered these 3 tips for for dietary change:
Advise people they have Metabolic Syndrome
Explain to them it is a life threatening condition
Engage patients and provide them with personalized tools for change best suited to them
Finally, Jennifer Sygo, Registered Dietitian closed the conference by sharing practical tips for helping clients make meaningful nutirition and lifestyle changes to achieve their personal health goals. There is no magic diet – rather, the best diet for weight loss is the one that works for you and you can stick to it. Dietitians provide credible, evidence-based information, and translate the science into the context of the whole diet for consumers to understand.