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    Default Linda Cumines, Nutritionist (Australia)

    I was reading the dietician section of 'ask the experts', where Linda Cumines is the dietician that answers peoples questions. I found her responses to vegetarian eating ti be quite negative and discouraging, and often pointing out how limited it can be. So I decided to ask the expert a question:

    I just want to know why you seem to discourage vegan/vegetarian eating. I have been vegan for 4 years, and I am perfectly healthy. I have a supportive doctor who checks me for my B12 stores. Instead of talking about how "limited" a veg diet is, and how much "more difficult" it is to obtain nutrients, why don't you offer food lists with plant foods that can be used as replacements for animal foods, and offer information such as 'vitamin c aids the absorbtion of iron, so eat tomato salad with your lentil soup, or drink orange juice with your dried apricots'. I feel like you are giving off the wrong impression, and that we vegies are malnourished, emaciated and 'limited'.

    I also want to point out that a vegetarian wrote to you with low iron and b12 stores, and said she couldn't eat nuts because of the high fat content. She didn't specify whether this was a gall bladder problem where she couldn't have fats, but I was disappointed that you did not point out that nuts have healthy fats that are essential for body health, and fat soluble vitamin absorbtion, and you also failed to reassure her that nuts, in moderation do not make people fat.

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    Default Re: Linda Cumines, Nutritionist (Australia)

    Very well responded to, stickydate.

    That's a shame how many nutritionists condemn the proper way of nutrition---quite hypocritical and/or misguided on their part(s) to say the least.

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    Default Re: Linda Cumines, Nutritionist (Australia)

    Good on you for challenging her. I'm the healthiest person I know and im certain its because of my diet.

    It sounds as though that particular girl may have an eating disorder re her age, restricted eating.

    I was going to study nutrition through Deaken until I discovered the course was sponsered via the meat and dairy industry. May explai why many nutritionists are biased.

    Also they just voted that dispicable CSIRO diet number 1. How stupid!!
    Last edited by treehugga; May 24th, 2007 at 12:37 PM. Reason: additional info

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    I like your nonnegative response to that nutritionist's general attitude. My experience has been that nutritionists go by the books, which portray vegetarianism as an unnecessary restriction. It is, however, a bad idea to recommend high-fat foods to someone who is not accustomed to high fat consumption, particularly when the person is suffering from a lack of energy. A sudden increase in fat intake can cause a further decrease in energy levels.

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