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Ask A Nutritionist: What Is Diet Quality?

By: Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020
  • 2 Minute Read   

 

In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kristal Shelden answers the question, "What is diet quality?" 

Shelden explains what diet quality is, and what makes up a high-quality diet. Leaning on nutrition science and dietary recommendations for healthy eating, Shelden highlights the importance of consuming high-quality foods as the basis for eating patterns rather than focusing on single nutrient amounts. 

For instance, diet quality is a holistic look at consumption patterns over time, extending beyond counting calories or comparing individual nutrients. Experts recommend consuming a high-quality diet, which typically refers to a diversified, balanced and healthy diet made up of variety of whole and minimally processed foods. A high-quality diet provides energy and all essential nutrients needed for growth and development, and provides the foundation for a healthy and active life.

Tune in to watch as Shelden shares tips on how to achieve a high quality diet to build a healthy eating pattern. Learn more at HealthyEating.org. 

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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

 

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Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal is the project manager of nutrition science and a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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