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To maintain proper nutritional status and health one may be advised to limit, restrict, or avoid some foods for the short, mild, or long term.

Have you ever thought about the consequences of it?

Is it always good to follow dietary advice?

Let’s think differently:

Most of the time advice should be individualized based on his or her needs such as age, sex, physiological conditions, disease profiles, etc. This advice should come from professionals and the community-adopted common practices (proved to be beneficial though the mechanisms are not known) for the long term.

Improper advice or guidance may be harmful due to the accumulation of stress (1,2,5).


  1. Improper food and nutrient intake:
  2. Changes in acute and chronic nutritional status by changes in taste, appetite, satiety, satiation, mood, etc. (3):
  3. Nutrient deficiency diseases:
  4. Diseases promoted by deficiency of pre-biotics and probiotics in foods (4):


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  1. Diet, Stress and Mental Health – PMC (
  2. Figure – PMC (
  3. Impact of restrictive diets on the risk of undernutrition in a free-living elderly population – PubMed (
  4. Dietary restrictions modulate the gut microbiota: Implications for health and disease – PubMed (


If you are interested to learn more, please visit the following links:

Nutrition and Stress: A Two-way Street – American Society for Nutrition

Position of the American Dietetic Association – Journal of the American Dietetic Association (

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth


By Md. Khurshidul Zahid, Ph.D.

Md. Khurshidul Zahid Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS) of The University of Dhaka (DU) of Bangladesh. He has completed his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), USA. He was a finalist in the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition organized by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), Experimental Biology (EB) meeting held in Boston in 2015. He was also awarded a gold medal by “Professor Dr. Quazi Salamatullah trust foundation” of INFS, DU in 2005.

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