As we’ve mentioned before, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics allows dietitians to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) from Coca-Cola’s Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness.
Here’s another “are you kidding?” source of CEUs — Frito-Lay!
Frito-Lay, owned by Academy Partner PepsiCo, has created Snack Sense as an “educational resource” for health professionals:
“Are you a health professional? If so, Frito-Lay has a great resource that you can use to educate yourself and your patients and clients about the nutrition of your favorite Frito-Lay snacks: SnackSense.com“
What can one find on Snack Sense?
“Snacksense.com is a website, designed for health professionals, which provides nutrition information about Frito-Lay products, including the benefits of snacking, better* vegetable oils, whole grains, and facts about sodium. This website offers a variety of downloadable educational materials, two continuing professional education modules and much more!”
It’s rather telling that, on Snacksense.com‘s homepage, Frito-Lay boasts about its “commitment to health & wellness” by pointing out:
- Fat-free pretzels (pure refined starch)
- WOW! Chips (remember “fat-blocking” Olestra?
- Pita chips (refined grains)
- Various reincarnations of low-fat snacks
The best education RDs can get about Frito-Lay snacks? “There’s nothing inherently healthful about them and should simply be thought of as occasional treats.”