Science & nutritionNutrition is a science which studies the relationship between diet and states of health and disease. Dieticians are Health professionals who are specialised in this area of expertise. They are also the only highly trained health professionals able to provide safe, evidence based and accurate dietary advice and interventions.
Between the extremes of optimal health and death from starvation or malnutrition, there is an array of disease states that can be caused or alleviated by changes in diet. Deficiencies, excesses and imbalances in diet can produce negative impacts on health, which may lead to diseases such as scurvy, obesity or osteoporosis, as well as psychological and behavioral problems. Moreover, excessive ingestion of elements that have no apparent role in health, (e.g. lead, mercury, PCBs, dioxins), may incur toxic and potentially lethal effects, depending on the dose. The science of nutrition attempts to understand how and why specific dietary aspects influence health.
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