Nov 2017:
Heart Health and Cholesterol


Heart Health and Cholesterol- 13 November 2017 at 8-9pm

      1. What are the biggest myths about diet and cholesterol?
      2. From current dietary evidence, how best can total cholesterol levels be lowered?
      3. Which dietary habits work best for seeing an increase in HDL cholesterol levels?
      4. Can snacking (or snacks) have a role in better heart health?
      5. Can you please share the scientific evidence around almonds and their role in reducing LDL cholesterol as part of a healthy diet?

Our guest tweeter was Lucy Jones RD. This chat was kindly supported by the Almond Board of California.

Catch up on what we discussed here: Heart Health and Cholesterol

Sept 2017:
Meat Advice


Meat Advice – 11 September 2017 at 8-9pm

      1. Does red meat have a role to play as part of a healthy, balanced diet? #meatadvice
      2. Are there any downsides to blanket advice on eating less red meat? #meatadvice
      3. What are your views on recent research on red and processed meat? Share your best links to studies. #meatadvice
      4. From a public heath point of view how can current red meat dietary advice be best shared with consumers? #meatadvice
      5. Share your best recipe ideas and cooking tips for red meat. #meatadvice

Catch up on what we discussed here: Meat Advice

This chat was kindly supported by The Meat Advisory Panel.

Aug 2017:
Plant Power


Plant Power – 7 August 2017 at 8-9pm

  1. What are the health benefits of plant based eating? What’s the evidence?
  2. Other reasons for eating more plant based meals?
  3. Vegan or vegetarian – what are the options?
  4. Any tips for those wanting to make the change e.g. easy substitutions?
  5. Any good plant based meal and recipe suggestions?

Catch up on what we discussed here: Plant Power

June 2017:
Dietitians Week ‘Nutrition Truths vs Fads’ Chat

Please join us for this special twitter chat as part of the British Dietetic Association’s “Dietitians Week” focused on Evidence and Expertise

Nutrition Truths vs Fads – 12 June 2017 at 8-9pm

  1. How can you tell a nutrition truth from a fad?
  2. Current trends and why dietitians worry about them?
  3. Why are there many grey areas in nutrition?
  4. Does the food industry perpetuate fads? How can dietitians work with them to prevent this?
  5. Any good nutrition sites or resources you can trust for reliable information?

Read what we discussed here: Nutrition Truths vs. Fads

May 2017:
Summer Eating


15 May 2017 at 8-9pm

      1. Summer eating can be fun and healthy. Any suggestions?
      2. What foods are in season in the summer months and tips on how to prepare them?
      3. Any recipes for eating healthily during the summer months?
      4. How can we stick to our best intentions when on summer holidays?
      5. Any fun ideas for getting the kids involved in healthy summer eating?

Read what we discussed here: Summer Eating

Feb 2017:
Nutrition Research


13 February 2017 at 8-9pm

      1. What was the last nutrition related paper to interest/impress/inspire you?
      2. What top tips would you share for critiquing a research paper?
      3. How can RDs & RNuts learn from each other and share their innovative practice?
      4. What useful research related awards, grants, websites, apps, study days can we share?
      5. Which nutrition related strategy docs, policies, briefing papers & guidelines have caught yr attention recently & why?

Read what we discussed here: Nutrition Research

Dec 2016:
Alcohol Awareness


5 December 2016 at 8-9pm

        1. How aware are people about guidelines on weekly units of alcohol, or even what a unit is?
        2. Are people aware of the calories in the alcohol they consume?
        3. What role could manufacturers and retailers play in communicating calories and units more clearly?
        4. What role do dietitians & registered nutritionists have in educating people on alcohol calories & our overall health?
        5. Are there any good apps or websites which are useful to share, and what else might be helpful?

Our special guest for this was @AmandaUrsell, a nutritionist with over 25 years of experience of working in the area of nutrition. She is also the winner of the HFMA Health Writer of The Year award and twice voted the most influential health professional in the UK.

This twitter chat was kindly supported by Diageo.

Read what we discussed here: Alcohol Awareness

Nov 2016:


7 November 2016 at 8-9pm

      1. Do probiotics have a role within gut health?
      2. Is there a research evidence base to support probiotics within gastrointestinal health?
      3. Are there any foods rich in probiotics which you would recommend?
      4. Probiotics come in many forms, are any better than others?
      5. Do you envisage probiotics becoming a staple part of our dietary needs?

      Our special guest will be Professor Kevin Whelan from King’s College, London. Prof Whelan’s area of research interest is the interaction between the gastrointestinal microbiota, dietary composition and health and disease. Kevin performs clinical trials in probiotics, prebiotics, fibre and fermentable carbohydrates, with molecular microbiology to measure their impact on the microbiota.

      This chat was kindly supported by Symprove.

Read what we discussed here: Probiotics

Sept 2016:
Back to School


12 September 2016 at 8-9pm

      1. Why does nutrition matter for kids at school? #rduk
      2. What should kids be eating at school? #rduk
      3. What about hydration? #rduk
      4. Any good recipes or ideas for school snacks/lunch boxes? #rduk
      5. Please share any useful resources or links for parents?

Read what we discussed here: School Food

June 2016; Dietitians Week Food & Mood Chat

Please join us for a lunchtime chat this week as part of the British Dietetic Association’s “Dietitians Week”

Food and Mood – 6 June 2016 at 1-2pm

  1. How does food & drink influence our feelings & mood?
  2. We all have good days & bad days but what is the research evidence that links how we feel & what we eat?
  3. Which foods positively influence mood?
  4. What meals and snacks might a working day of Good Mood Food ideally contain
  5. What role does what we drink play in feeling well at work?

Read what we discussed here: Food & Mood

May 2016:
Soya foods: are there still controversies?


9 May 2016 at 8-9pm

      1. What is the nutrition profile of popular #soya foods in the UK? #rduk
      2. What are the key health benefits of consuming #soya foods and drinks from 1+ years? What does the science say? #rduk
      3. What are the common #soya myths and what does the clinical evidence actually demonstrate #rduk
      4. What #soya resources have you found helpful/would like to see more of? #rduk
      5. How can RDs help overcome consumer myths related to #soya? #rduk

Read what we discussed here: Soya foods: are there still controversies?

This twitter chat was kindly supported by Alpro

Apr 2016:
Mindful Eating


18 April 2016 at 8-9pm

      1. What is mindful eating? #mindfulness #rduk
      2. How can #mindfulness be applied in helping people change dietary #behaviour? #rduk
      3. Do we only eat when we’re #hungry? #mindfulness #rduk
      4. What are the key steps to mindful eating? #mindfulness #rduk
      5. How can people find out more about #mindfulness? #rduk

Read what we discussed here: Mindful Eating

Mar 2016:


14 March 2016 at 8-9pm

      1. What strategies can #hospitals, #carehomes & #schools use to ensure they are meeting their patients, residents & pupil’s hydration needs?
      2. What are your top tips for encouraging people to drink more?
      3. How can employers (incl. NHS) play a part in encouraging gd hydration among their staff?
      4. What are the early warning signs to look for in those at risk of becoming dehydrated?
      5. Where can we find practical information & resources that promote #hydration awareness?

Read what we discussed here: Hydration

Dec 2015:
Food as Medicine


7 December 2015 at 8-9pm

      1. What is the ‘food as medicine’ movement about?
      2. Any tips on how we can help people connect the science of nutrition to the kitchen?
      3. How can the concept of food as medicine be applied to dietetic practice?
      4. Many dietitians practice in non-culinary settings. How can they practice culinary nutrition in clinical and community settings without kitchens?
      5. Any good resources or tips to learn more about ‘food as medicine’?

We are joined by special guest Amanda Archibald (@FieldtoPlate) from the United States.

Read what we discussed here: Food As Medicine

Oct 2015:
Plant-based Eating


12 October 2015 at 8-9pm

      1. Is plant-based eating a credible diet or a trend? What does the science say?
      2. How can we communicate plant based eating as a different approach to a vegan or vegetarian diet?
      3. Can the ‘at least 2/3rds plant-based’ dietary recommendation help consumers to embrace healthy eating more readily?
      4. What plant-based resources have you found helpful / would you like to see?
      5. Plant-based eating is more sustainable. How important is this to RDs and how can RDs help communicate this message to consumers?

This chat is kindly supported by Alpro

Read what we discussed here: Plant-based Eating Chat

Sep 2015:
Omega 3


1 September 2015 at 8-9pm

      1. What are #Omega3 fats & which foods contain them?
      2. Do #Omega3 fats have a benefit for health conditions e.g. heart disease, stroke, diabetes or dementia? What does the science say?
      3. Do fish oil supplements offer the same health benefits as food sources? Is one better than the other? #Omega3
      4. Are there any relevant safety or environmental considerations for #Omega3 rich foods or supplements?
      5. What #Omega3 resources have you found useful?

Read what we discussed here:
Omega 3 Chat

June 2015:
Dietitians Week


8 June-12 June 2015

Please join us for 3 chats this week as part of the British Dietetic Association’s “Dietitians Week”

Workplace Health – 8 June 2015 at 8-9pm

  1. We spend 60% of our time at work. How can eating well make us feel good?
  2. What role does what we drink play in feeling well at work?
  3. Food vs physical activity – what’s most important?
  4. One in six workers have a long term condition like diabetes, COPD, heart disease. How can employers support these employees?
  5. Are there any good examples of innovative workplace health initiatives?

Read what we discussed here:
Workplace Health Chat

Ask for Evidence – 10 June 2015 at 12-1pm

  1. How can people protect themselves against misleading nutritional information?
  2. How do you know what to trust when it comes to dietary advice
  3. What constitutes good evidence and how do you know it when you see it?
  4. How can you differentiate between people who call themselves “experts”?
  5. Where can you go for evidence-based, yet easy to understand dietary advice?

This chat was in collaboration with Sense About Science

Read what we discussed here:
Ask For Evidence

Healthy Ageing – 11 June 2015 at 8-9pm

  1. What is healthy ageing and why does nutrition play a central role?
  2. What key nutrient sources are needed to protect healthy bones and muscle mass?
  3. Is there any evidence that good nutrition can protect us against cognitive decline?
  4. Share your tips for nutrient dense diets to enable healthy ageing for those with small appetites
  5. With one third of the population expected to be over 60 by 2030, what areas of nutrition do you think need further research for healthy ageing?

This chat was in collaboration with Food Matters Live

Read what we discussed here:
Healthy Ageing

May 2015:
Breakfast Cereals


18 May 2015 at 8-9pm

      1. What value do #breakfast cereals bring to the UK diet?
      2. How can #breakfast #cereals help meet our fibre and whole grain needs?
      3. Can #breakfast #cereals have a role on helping you eat well on a budget?
      4. What are your thoughts on sugar in #breakfast cereal?
      5. Share your tips on where to go for balanced advice on #breakfast #cereals?

Read what we discussed here:
Breakfast Cereals Chat

Our special guest was Professor Robert Pickard

This chat was supported by the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers to have an open debate around the ingredients and fortification of breakfast cereals.

Aug 2014:
Sports Nutrition


4 Aug 2014 at 8-9pm

  1. Can diet & protein shakes help to build muscle?
  2. Rehydrating – Which is better water or sports drinks?
  3. Any recommended sports nutrition resources …e.g. websites, blogs, books?
  4. What are the optimum post training or competition recovery foods?
  5. Are there any important vitamins and minerals to consider in sport nutrition?

Read what we discussed here: Sports Nutrition

July 2014:
Adult Food Allergies


7 July 2014 at 8-9pm

  1. What is the difference between an allergy and intolerance?
  2. What are the most common allergies in adults and can you develop more food allergies over time?
  3. What is Oral Allergy Syndrome and it is an allergy?
  4. Is there any relationship between IBS and food allergy?
  5. Any tips for recognising and managing adult allergies?

Read what we discussed here: Adult Food Allergies

June 2014:
Dietitians Week Twitter Chats


Meat Free Monday – 9 June 2014 at 1-2pm

  1. Meat Free Monday – another fad or carries some weight?
  2. What are the health benefits of a weekly Meat Free Day ?
  3. Plant based diets needn’t be boring – what are your favourite foods to include?
  4. Plant proteins still pack a mighty punch what nutrition do they offer us?
  5. How can we spice up Meat Free Days? Any foodie recipes, websites or blogs that promote meat free days?

Read what we discussed here: Meat Free Monday

The Fat Debate – 10 June 2014 at 8-9pm

  1. In the light of recent research, should we change the way we look at saturated fats?
  2. What’s the deal with coconut oil?
  3. Is butter better or worse than spreads?
  4. What are your best tips for getting the fat balance right
  5. What can manufacturers and fast food outlets do to help us get fat-smart?

Read what we discussed here: The Fat Debate

Nutrition Secrets From Nutrition Experts – 12 June 2014 8-9pm

  1. Nutrition is a fascinating science, any weird & wonderful nutrition facts?
  2. As a dietitian what is the top tip you share?
  3. What changes have you have made to your own diet since becoming a dietitian?
  4. What is the most common question you are asked as a dietitian and what’s the answer?
  5. Which nutrition tip has the largest impact on health?

Read what we discussed here: Nutrition Secrets