All the nutrition information swirling on the Internet can make your head spin. One so-called expert may claim one food is bad, while the next claims the same #food is a nutritional powerhouse. There are many self-proclaimed “nutritionists” who have pretty loud voices online, but there are also many registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs, whose reputable advice is based on the latest #science. Here are 10 specialists you can trust:
1. Sharon Palmer
Also known as the “Plant-Powered Dietitian,” Sharon is a fellow U.S. News Eat+Run blogger who wrote “The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today” and “Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes.” She presents straightforward, delicious ways to create vegetarian-based recipes. Sharon is also a passionate writer about food and environmental issues, local and organic foods, sustainability and food security.
2. Amber Pankonin
This Nebraska-based dietitian writes about food, nutrition science and agriculture. She also likes to stir the pot by basing her nutrition views on science, not popular hype. Her website, Stirlist, is her creative outlet to share her delicious creations and inspire you to do the same.
3. Dana Sturtevant
Co-founder of Be nourished, Dana Sturtevant is an activist specializing in chronic dieting, disordered eating, and body acceptance. Being a Certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Dana draws from her yoga teaching experience to incorporate mindfulness and self-acceptance practices into her conversations about food, body shame, health, and healing. Dana advocates for compassionate, weight-neutral self-care and offers virtual and in-person sessions, as well as supervision, training, and consultation for helping professionals.
4. Sally Kuzemchak
Sally is spot-on with her practical advice for parents on her blog, Real Mom Nutrition, and on Facebook. Sally began the blog in 2009 to reassure fellow moms that it’s OK to be imperfect and to not have all the answers. Her recipes and advice are real, and she’s honest that it’s not always easy. Sally also wrote “Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide: Feed Your Family. Save Your Sanity.”
5. Mitzi Dulan
Known as “America’s Nutrition Expert,” Mitzi has over 3.5 million followers on Pinterest. Her 50-plus Pinterest boards have a wide range of healthy living topics including workout plans, daily inspiration, protein-packed recipes and sweet indulgences. Mitzi is currently the team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals and authored “The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin.”
6. Dawn Jackson Blatner
You may have seen Dawn win the ABC reality show, “My Diet is Better Than Yours.” Her Superfood Swap Diet allows you to eat what you want without the garbage. You can find her tasty recipes and science-based nutrition information on her website, along with steps on how to follow her plan.
7. Jill Stern Weisenberger
Jill specialized in diabetes, weight control and heart health. She has authored numerous books including “Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health” and “The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health.” Her blog covers topics including easy ways to increase fish intake, the health benefits of tea and overcoming healthy eating obstacles.
8. Ellie Krieger
As host of the Food Network hit show “Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger,” Ellie created simple, delicious and healthy recipes. Ellie is a New York Times bestselling author and has received prestigious cookbook awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her acclaimed cookbooks contain simple and delicious recipes that will become a fixture in your recipe repertoire. You may also have seen her fabulous recipes in The Washington Post, where she is a regular columnist.
9. Melissa Joy Dobbins
If you want to know the truth about controversial nutrition topics, Melissa is the person with the science-based answers. Recent blog post titles include “A Brief History of Food – Rethinking ‘Processed,’” “What Is THAT Doing In My Food” and “Can You Be ‘Addicted’ To Caffeine?” Melissa has also launched groundbreaking podcasts in which she tackles some of the most touchy nutrition topics with a variety of nutrition experts and health professionals.
10. Rhiannon Lambert
Rhiannon Lambert is a Nutritionist specializing in weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition. She is the founder of Rhitrition, a leading Harley Street private clinic and author of Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well.