Nutrition Business Journal

Dietitians Open Up to Supplements, But Slowly

R.D.s seek education; better documentation and studies would inspire greater trust in the supplement industry. Q&A with Gretchen Vannice, M.S., R.D.

NBJ: Has the way dietitians view dietary supplements changed with time?

GV: Prior to the mid-90s, dietary supplements were pretty much dismissed as folklore— traditional and unscientific. Things changed in the mid-’90s, with the passage of DSHEA and increased political profile for dietary supplements. I’ll never forget the morning of January 1993, when I saw the headlines for David Eisenberg’s New England Journal of Medicine report indicating that 72% of the

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