Tuesday, 10 November 2015 05:47

Don’t Turn A Blind Eye – We Eat From The Entire Food Supply

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) understands that Australians eat from a range of foods from the entire food supply. DAA cannot ignore entire sections of the food supply, such as processed foods, as though they do not exist. The reality is that these foods contribute to the diet of Australians.aust_dietary_guidelines_cover_art.jpg

It is true that our food supply can be improved, and the way DAA does this is to collaborate with Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) working in food industry, and to influence and make changes to the food supply for the health and wellbeing of all Australians. Foods within the food supply are processed to different levels, and some of these foods are still considered ‘core’ foods within the diet. The food supply has evolved as society has changed as not everyone can grow and cultivate food themselves.

APDs are university-qualified professionals in nutrition and dietetics. APDs undertake continuing professional development in nutrition, and comply with DAA’s guidelines for best practice. They need to be across the entire food supply in order to deliver sound dietary advice based on scientific evidence to their clients, and the general public.

DAA recommends following the Australian Dietary Guidelines, recently revised by the National Health and Medical Research Council, which recommends Australians choose foods from all core food groups. These recommendations, which are developed by independent experts in the field of nutrition, are based on a large body of scientific evidence in the area of science, health and nutrition, and not just the results of a single study.