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The origin of word nutrition comes from the Latin word nutrire, meaning “to feed, nurse, support, preserve”. In other words, nutrition is the nourishment of energy. Antoine Lavoisier is regarded as the “Father of Nutrition”, also referred to as the father of chemistry and calorimetry.

The origin of word dietetics comes from the Latin word “Diaeteticus” which is derived from the Greek word “Diaitetikos”, meaning pertaining to diet," from diaita "way of life, regiment".

The history of dietetics can be traced back to ancient Greece as far as the writings of Homer, Plato and Hippocrates. A growing public interest in nutrition and the ability of functional foods to avoid several diet-related conditions are driving the rising need for dietetics professionals. Carl von Voit is regarded as the "Father of Modern Dietetics.


Nutrition is the science that focuses on the study of nutrients and other substances present in the food. It is concerned about the maintenance, growth, reproduction and health of an organism. Food intake, absorption, assimilation, biosynthesis, catabolism, and excretion are involved. Nutrition also focuses on how people can make use of dietary choices to minimize disease risk, what happens if a person has too much or too little of a nutrient and how allergies work.

A nutritionist/dietitian is a person who guides on the application of nutrition science to human health and illness.

General Signs and Symptoms:

Some of the common signs of poor nutrition are feeling tired, brittle, dry hair, ridged or spoon-shaped nails, dental problems, change in bowel habits, mood and mental health problems, bruising & slow healing and slow immune response.

Some of the common signs of a poor diet are headaches, fatigue or sluggishness, diarrhea, fever or chills nervousness, depression, constipation, frequent urination, colds, irritability and skin eruptions.


The following investigations are conducted to identify the nutrition deficiency in your body such as blood test , body composition test and additional tests recommended by your clinical nutritionist. Consult Best Dietitian/ Nutritionists in Bangalore to know about the importance of nutrition and diet for your health.


What is the most common nutritional disorder?

Iron deficiency is the most common and broadly spread nutritional disorder which is affecting children and women across the world. Other nutritional disorders are deficiency in the diet, obesity and eating problems and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes mellitus.

What are the common problems a dietitian can help?

Dietitians help prevent and treat nutritional problems by giving advice on what to eat and drink. Some of the common problems a dietitian can help with are loss of appetite, weight loss, obesity , uncontrolled sugar levels , deficiencies ,nutrients that interact with medicines that you take, nutrient and gene interaction, taste changes, nausea and vomiting and constipation or diarrhoea.

Why do we need nutrition?

Foods provide energy. All foods include proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, food, and water. When people do not have the right nutritional balance in their diet, they increase their risk of having other health conditions.

What are the causes of nutritional deficiency?

The main causes of nutritional deficiencies include a poor diet that lacks essential nutrients, an absorbing illness or medicine or genetic condition. The body can store certain nutrients, so it is not possible to catch a deficiency until the body has been without the nutrient for some time. In other words, when the body is not absorbing sufficient amounts of iron, folate, or vitamin B-12 from the diet etc leads to nutritional deficiency.

What are the benefits of eating healthy? Good nutrition

The discipline of eating healthy and exercising regularly has lots of benefits to manage our health in good condition. Some of the benefits are weight loss or management, minimal risk of cancer, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes management and enhanced memory.

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