Are your nutrition students asking about the trending cottage cheese and mustard "diet"

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As I've shared in previous posts, an early assignment in my intro nutrition courses is for students to submit one nutrition or diet related question they'd like addressed during the semester.   I now have thousands of these questions from over 20 years of teaching!   They often reflect core topics, but also include trending "diets" and nutrition topics in news and social media.  So, have you heard of the cottage cheese and mustard “diet”?   My grad school daughter recently asked me if I had tried this combo with veggies and chicken sausage.   I’m not on TikTok so this was new to me.  Here's an easy read that outlines some pros and cons of this trending approach  But apparently the “influencer” who introduced this trend has over 250 million views on her posts.   My daughter sent me a photo of her own packed lunch that did indeed include cottage cheese, mustard, an assortment of beautifully arranged fresh veggies, and a chicken sausage…. This isn’t inherently “bad” (I don’t like that word!) but this approach as a staple is no magic bullet.   Cottage cheese can be a great choice among many other varied and balanced food choices throughout the day   – and mustard is a low calorie, flavorful, and inexpensive “dip” – and love all the veggies.   Chicken sausage can be lower in saturated fat and calories than pork-based sausage, but not by much – and is relatively high in sodium.   So, encourage students to aim for moderation and good sense in building a healthy eating pattern around a wide assortment of food.  dd9e85215eedee37bf9f3e190254159e.png

About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.