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Nutrients 2018, 10(1), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10010052

Arizona Registered Dietitians Show Gaps in Knowledge of Bean Health Benefits

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Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA
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Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Department of Pharmaceutical & Nutrition Care, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, USA
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Received: 6 December 2017 / Revised: 21 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 January 2018 / Published: 8 January 2018
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Abstract

Registered Dietitians (RDs) promote nutrition practices and policies and can influence food consumption patterns to include nutrient dense foods such as beans. Although many evidence-based health benefits of bean consumption (e.g., cholesterol reduction, glycemic control) have been demonstrated, there is limited research on the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of RDs regarding the inclusion of beans in a healthy diet. To fill this existing research gap, this cross-sectional survey explored the perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes of 296 RDs in Arizona, USA, toward beans. The RDs largely held positive attitudes toward the healthfulness of beans and were aware of many health benefits. Some gaps in awareness were evident, including effect on cancer risk, intestinal health benefits, folate content, and application with celiac disease patients. RDs with greater personal bean consumption had significantly higher bean health benefit knowledge. Twenty-nine percent of the RDs did not know the meaning of ‘legume’, and over two-thirds could not define the term ‘pulse’. It is essential that RDs have up-to-date, evidence-based information regarding bean benefits to provide appropriate education to patients, clients, and the public. View Full-Text
Keywords: legumes; pulses; attitude; chronic disease; consumption; nutrition; health professionals legumes; pulses; attitude; chronic disease; consumption; nutrition; health professionals
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Winham, D.M.; Hutchins, A.M.; Thompson, S.V.; Dougherty, M.K. Arizona Registered Dietitians Show Gaps in Knowledge of Bean Health Benefits. Nutrients 2018, 10, 52.

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