News from The Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Documents generated by the Academy at the beginning of the SARS-2 crisis

    The main objectives of The Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is to support the practice of Evidence-based nutrition and dietetics, the review, study and scientific positioning of human nutrition and dietetics and food science in such a manner that there is absence of conflict of interest; the dissemination of the science of human nutrition and dietetics and foods and how they affect the general interests of the population. It also contributes to the permanent training of dietitians-nutritionists and other nutrition professionals, amongst others. During crisis period such as the one we are experiencing, the Academy more than ever, fulfilled some of the objectives for its establishment which are to support its professionals and to help the population and other health professionals as much as possible in all matters relating to food and SAR-2.

    In Spain, the state of alarm was declared on 14/03/2020 and at the beginning of the pandemic, many media outlets were echoing questionable home remedies to prevent COVID-19 and there was also some confusion as to whether food could be a vehicle for the disease.  On 17/03/20 we published, in collaboration with the General Council of Official Colleges of Dietitians-Nutritionists, recommendations on food and nutrition for the Spanish population in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis. This was in order to deal with the hoaxes on the subject, so that journalists and the public would have evidence-based information and that dietitians-nutritionists would have materials for their patients, on the subject matter.

    This position paper includes more general aspects, such as what are coronaviruses and what is COVID-19, the symptoms of COVID-19, how to prevent contagion from COVID-19, as well as more specific aspects related to diet and dietetics, such as dietary recommendations for patients with COVID-19 with mild symptoms at home, and general recommendations for healthy shopping, sustainable and responsible, what to buy during a period of quarantine, Pregnancy and lactation in COVID-19, as well as answering essential questions such as whether food can be a source or route of transmission of COVID-19 or whether to disinfect grocery shopping or home delivery.
    Subsequently, we published another position paper on Vitamin D supplementation during the social distancing due to the health crisis of COVID19  in which we discussed, situations in vitamin D supplementation was advisable, its natural sources, the importance of vitamin D in COVID-19 critical patients, among other aspects.
    Taking into account that tele-assistance is an adequate and effective means of nutrition and dietary care for the population in situations such as the current crisis, we have published a guide to good practices in tele-nutrition and tele-health. In other words, we present a resource for better access to clinical and nutritional care for patients, at this time when we must face special measures of protection and social distance.
    The manual, prepared by the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in consensus with the General Council, contains the complete development for the implementation of telenutrition and tele-health systems in an efficient, safe and reliable manner, within the framework of current European and Spanish legislation and the International Code of Good Practice for Tele-health Services, taking into account those aspects applicable to nutrition and dietetic services.

    These three documents are among the Academy's documents that have had the most interaction and impressions on social networks. On average, we have about 4,000 interactions with each document we publish (each interaction means that a user opens our post, clicks on the document, downloads it and/or watches it). But these documents have broken all our statistics, for example, the food and nutrition recommendations for the Spanish population in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis, we have had 80,000 interactions (20 times more) and with the guide to good practices in telenutrition and teledietetics, which is aimed at professionals, 15,000 interactions (4 times more) on average in the different social network channels we have.

    We currently have the documents available in Spanish, but if any association or dietitian-nutritionist wants to translate the documents into any other language, we will be happy to collaborate.