BY: ALI WATSON, MS, RDN
As I scrolled through my emails on my afternoon coffee break, I came across my daily “Nutrition and Dietetics SmartBrief.” For those who may be unfamiliar, this is one of the benefits of becoming a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The SmartBrief contains headlines from current research and news articles that our professional organization finds worthy of sending out to credentialed Registered Dietitians / Nutritionists (RDNs).
I am not fond of the SmartBrief. I rarely open the email because the content feels relatively unhelpful; reiterating information we already have pounded in our heads from the four to six years of extensive schooling on everything food related. Many professionals in our field want to read something more meaningful than another research article on how eating red meat may increase your risk for heart disease. We want research updates that reflect a certain level of innovation and nuance.
Despite my lack of interest in these emails, the opening line for today caught my eye. It read – Study: Daily avocado intake promotes gut health. And with one click, I found myself reading about how eating added avocado to every meal for 12 weeks results in “great microbiome diversity.”
Now many of you are probably thinking – Yeah, what about it?
Here is my bone to pick.
I have high hopes that we as a community can do, and be, better by embracing and promoting intersectionality as foundational to our core professional competencies.