Nutrition Unscrambled

FNCE 2011

By Marcia Greenblum, MS, RD
October 10th, 2011

I can’t say that I have attended FNCE every year since I’ve been an RD but for the last decade at least FNCE has been my opportunity to meet up with others in my chosen field of dietetics. This year I attended the Dietitian in Business and Communications executive committee meeting as a past chair and learned about all the inspiring programs being planned for the 2012 calendar year. The RDs who are members of this practice group are the new breed of practitioner. They represent different career applications and are examples of today’s dietitian’s capacity to function in areas including food service, industry, education, public relations and private practice counseling. We all agree that acumen in business skills are essential for dietitians to be valued in today’s society. My role as exhibitor in the FNCE exhibit hall echoed this same sentiment. There I met with many fellow RDs who work for food industries or government organization to promote and publicize the developments in the food industry which are available to help consumers eat a healthy diet. I learned about a few new products including Monk Fruit which is a new sweetener with less sugar, a new broccoli that has been bred to be sweet and so many new foods fortified with probiotics. The big shock of the event however was the news that the American Dietetic Association, of which I’ve been a member for 30 plus years, will soon be known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I can only assume that this change in title is an attempt to communicate the academic rigor that RDs are required to maintain before they can sit for the qualifying exam and enter the practice of dietetics. If this brings the RD more credibility in the eyes of the public then I’m all for it.

Texas Dietetic Association FNCE

By Marcia Greenblum, MS, RD
April 15th, 2011

A week ago I attended a session at the Texas Dietetic Association’s annual meeting. Besides being shocked by the fact that Texas has 18 different local dietetic association’s compared to the one I know and love, the District of Columbia Dietetic Association where nearly all members can make it to a meeting with 30 minutes, I was impressed with the unique structure of the sessions. Every session appeared to be sponsored by some industry however the speakers were professional and credible.


Neva Cochran a registered dietitian from Dallas and I presented a talk titled: “Dietary Fats and Heart Health: Examining the Latest Science and Communicating Dietary Guidance”. We were lucky to have a good lead in from the speaker before us, Jim Painter PhD, RD Chair, School of Family & Consumer Sciences Eastern Illinois University who spoke about the” Top 10 Food to Avoid Heart Disease”. His first comments where that the US Dietary Guidelines had made a mistake about their recommendations regarding limiting eggs to one a day. He felt that eggs were not proven to be a risk factor for heart disease and should not be limited at all.

Needless to say, Neva Cochran’s talk that focused on dispelling nutrition myths including the myth that dietary cholesterol is a proven risk factor for heart disease confirmed what Dr. Painter had said. I followed Neva’s presentation with a look at the scientific developments that led to the incorrect assumption that egg intake increased heart disease risk and a new look at biomarkers for heart disease that RDs should consider when evaluating risk factors for heart disease. I included a slide from my travels in Australia that showed a menu board from a fish and chip shack near Coogie Beach. The menu proudly states that they fry in cholesterol- free cottonseed oil which of course is a highly saturated oil that would be a greater risk factor for heart disease than dietary cholesterol. This is the important point I tried to convey to the audience of about 300 Texas dietitians: that when a substance is removed from the diet, it always has an unintended consequence. In the past, telling the public to avoid eggs led to a misunderstanding that all the essential nutrients in an egg like high quality protein, lutein, choline and vitamin D were not as important as the dietary cholesterol and it would be safer to eat a substitute food that often was a greater risk factor, such as refined grains.


Nutrition Unscrambled  is written by nutrition experts with the Egg Nutrition Center, which is funded by the American Egg Board. It is monitored and maintained by the public relations agency of record. The mission of the Egg Nutrition Center is to be a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs. For more information, click here.

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Mitch Kanter, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Center. For more information about
Mitch, click here.
Marcia Greenblum, MS, RD is the Senior Director, Nutrition Education at the Egg Nutrition Center. For more information about Marcia, click here.
Anna Shlachter, MS, RD, LDN is the Program Manager, Nutrition Research and Communications at the Egg Nutrition Center. For more information about Anna, click here.

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