This month Ruth discusses Dietitians and the health of the nation.
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Dietitians and the health of the nation
This month heralds both the BFFF’s (British Frozen Food Federation) annual awards and Dietitian’s Week. Whilst the BFFF awards specifically seek to reward and recognise the quality of frozen products, for which our own Crown Advantage Lasagne is a contender, Dietitians Week has a much broader nutritional remit.
Led by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), Dietitian’s Week seeks to highlight the impact and influence of dietetic practice on the health of the nation. Closer to home in the cost sector, we can see that the role of Dietitians has significantly increased in line with greater recognition of the demand for the vast varieties of diets required. Healthcare meals span not just standard ranges or traditional fayre, but also niche dishes suitable for complex diets such as renal, NGCI, vegan, alcohol free and energy dense.
The onus therefore is on suppliers and caterers to meet these multi-faceted needs in a safe, healthy, nutritious and cost effective manner. Anglia Crown has a nutritionist along with myself, a Registered Dietitian, to ensure that the highest nutritional standards are met. To that end we have developed an energy dense range to provide for those who require increased protein and energy intake. We support the principle of protected mealtimes, and offer ingredient labelling and detailed nutritional analysis of both individual dishes and menus. Alongside this our dishes provide detailed analysis on the 14 named allergens and we provide an in-depth approach to speciality regimens and individual dietary needs.
Food is an important measure of care and treatment, and as requirements include individual and complex needs Dietitians have an important role to play in overseeing nutrition throughout healthcare catering.
Ruth Smith, is a Registered Dietitian for Anglia Crown and web communications officer for Food Counts, a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)