Our guide to nutrition
Kristina K

Our guide to nutrition

First published date November 14 2013 Amended date April 17 2015

Everyone is aware of nutritional food these days as people battle with weight, diseases, cancer and personal goals, so it’s not just dieticians, nutritionists and chefs. Whether you’re hoping to improve your own health, or thinking of pursuing a career in nutrition, there are plenty of courses that will introduce you to nutritional holistic approaches. If you’re already working in health science and would love to learn more, there are more advanced nutrition courses investigate the building blocks of food. You’ll also be able to sit for exams and achieve industry recognised qualifications along the way. Choose from short courses and workshops to full time and distance learning courses.


What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the study of the influence of food intake on health and well being, and dietetics is the application of nutritional knowledge, tailored to individual needs to prevent and manage disease. As the public has become more conscious of the importance of nutrition for healthier living, there has been a demand for nutritionists and food education.


Supersize vs Superskinny

There are so many food and nutrition programs; from The Biggest Loser to Davina’s Ultimate Body Workout DVD. With all of them focused on striking a balance between food and fitness on a daily basis, health and well being are fast becoming the nation’s new obsession. If you’re guilty of being a few pounds heavier and constantly feel lethargic, then make a change. Boost your energy, spring clean your body, reduce the risk of diseases, get slim and adjust your diet.


Kids can eat healthy too

Think it’ll be even more of a struggle trying to get your kids to eat their greens? Eating healthy as a family doesn’t necessarily mean confining yourself to just vegetables. Learn to prepare foods using organic ingredients, understand food labels, and equip yourself with basic health knowledge like digestion and supplements.


Becoming a qualified nutritionist

To work in different industries, gaining knowledge in food nutrition is useful.  For those working in sports, a sound knowledge of nutrition can ensure that coaches give the right advice on nutritional recovery, meal planning and evaluate recovery snack options for clients to support their sporting performances. Even people working with food and in catering would find nutritional courses helpful. After all, with school cooks being trained to provide healthier meals, you don’t really want to fail in comparison to them.  


What can you learn?

You will be trained to work in the NHS, to advise consumer groups, the food industry and governmental agencies or engage in research. There is a wide range of topical subjects you can study such as sports nutrition, antioxidants and cancer, energy metabolism and obesity. Some other things you’ll learn apart from nutrition include food safety hazards, personal hygiene, good storage practices, cleaning and pest control.


Job opportunities

With a qualification in nutrition, you can specialise in areas like paediatrics, obesity/weight management, oncology, renal, nutrition support, cardiac care, long-term care, internal medicine of community health and loads more. Jobs opportunities are abundant and you can choose to work locally or internationally.


Nutrition food facts

·         Asparagus contains rutin, which protects small blood vessels from rupturing and may protect against radiation

·         Green-tipped bananas are better for your health than over-ripe bananas

·         Beet roots are high in carbohydrate levels and should be used sparingly

·         Broccoli has almost as much calcium as whole milk and the calcium is better absorbed

·         Cilantro is useful in treating urinary tract infections

·         Fennel helps expel phlegm from the lungs

·         A sprig of parsley works as a natural breath freshener

·         The flavour of courgettes is best when they’re less than six inches long


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