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Jodie Shield

dietitian

Jodie Shield

About Jodie, R.D.N.

I am president of Healthy Eating for Families, Inc., a nutrition communications consulting company based in Chicago. In 1998 I was selected as “Outstanding Dietitian of the Year” by both the Illinois Dietetic Association and the Chicago Dietetic Association. I've been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades, previously taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois, and am currently an instructor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois and at Dominican University in River Forest, Ilinois. 

My Blog Posts

Lessons in Food Labeling
Some Say GMOs Are Safe, Some Say GMOs Are Unsafe – Who Should I Believe?
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    Label Lingo

    "As a registered dietitian and mom, I’d like to help you become more than a headline reader in the grocery store."
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    GMOs

    "As a registered dietitian mom who shares your concerns, I’d like to help you become more than a headline reader. "
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LABELS DON'T HAVE TO MISLEAD

With all of the conflicting headlines, eating healthy has become so confusing and quite frankly, downright scary. As a registered dietitian and mom who shares your concerns, I’d like to help you become more than a headline reader in the grocery store.

I think one misconception regards anything that’s labeled organic. Moms want to know if, for health reasons, they should really buy organic products. I tell them there is no research saying organic is more nutritious or better. It is a lifestyle preference. 

Personally, I’m not concerned about GMOs in my food, either. I’m OK with it, but I do respect the fact that people want to know more about it. Learn the facts about GMOs – both pros and cons – from reliable sources like National Academy Report, GMO Answers and the FDA. Get the full story and make the right call for feeding your family.

Start with a commitment to cook and shop with a recipe that fits your family’s health goals and taste qualifications. Then, look at the labels. Avoid the labeling claims on the front, and focus on the nutrition label on the back.

Bottom line: The commitment to cook a meal for your family is the healthiest thing you can do. When it comes to feeding your family healthy foods, you’re in charge, so I encourage you to be prepared and informed when it comes to reading food labels. 

Some say GMOs are safe, some say GMOs are unsafe. Who should I believe?

Food brings out the emotional eater in all of us, especially when it comes to the topic of genetically modified foods (aka GMOs). As parents, we want to feed our families healthy foods, but does healthy mean GMO-free? With all of the conflicting headlines, healthy has become so confusing and quite frankly, downright scary. As a registered dietitian mom who shares your concerns, I’d like to help you become more than a headline reader. Rather than rely on the Food Babe or the food industry, here is where I go to get the facts about GMOs – both pros and cons - from reliable sources. I encourage you to check them out so that you can get the full story and make the right call for feeding your family. 

GMO SAFETY

National Academy Report. According to this recently published report, genetically engineered foods appear to be safe to eat and do not pose health risks. A committee of 20 independent scientists examined more than 1,000 studies spanning the twenty year period since GMO crops were introduced and found:

“No substantial evidence of a difference in risk to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered (GMO) crops and conventionally bred crops.”

While continued GMO safety research is essential, national health experts, such as Connie Diekman, Former Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President, are hopeful that using the technique of genetically engineered foods will have the potential to help meet the needs of feeding a growing worldwide population.

GMO EDUCATION

GMO Answers. What do seedless watermelons, honeycrisp apples and grapefruits have in common? They’re all hybrids, meaning they were crossbred with other plants, a technique that’s been going on for centuries. Genetically engineered foods speed up this natural process using biotechnology to make it happen. Currently there are only ten GMO crops available in the U.S. today. If you’re confused or skeptical about GMOs, the biotech industry created this website to do a better job of answering any and all types of consumer questions. Independent experts such as researchers, nutritionists and farmers provide all of the answers to questions generated by people like you. The goal of GMO Answers is to have an honest conversation with everyone who cares about how our food is grown. You’ll also find several resources written in consumer language to help you better understand the science and issues about GMOs.

BOTTOM LINE

When it comes to feeding your family healthy foods, you’re in charge. So when it comes to GMOs, whether you’re reading a food label or blog post, rather than be scared, be informed and prepared.