Nourish to Flourish
In 2022, Master of Public Health student Christine Del Rosso from the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, worked with our lab on an exciting project. Christine is a dietician and supported our research program with her work on diet and the human microbiome. After conducting a substantive literature review of the biomedical and nutrition research into diet and the human microbiome, she prepared a guide for dietitians working with clients who live and eat as part of the South Asian diaspora. The scientific literature in this area strongly focuses on the Mediterranean Diet, leading to widespread dietary recommendations favouring this way of eating. However, other foodways have foods that share a similar nutritional profile--lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and other sources of fibre. So Christine put together a visual guide for dieticians and a second for their clients who practice South Asian foodways that adapts the Mediterranean Diet to South Asian cuisines. A big thank you to the community members who provided their feedback on the guides.
We hope her guide will be of help to dieticians in Canada and around the world. Please feel free to download these PDFs!