Since unhealthy dietary patterns are a leading cause of poor life quality and early death from chronic diseases, it’s about time for routine healthcare visits to include some form of a rapid dietary assessment tool, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

The statement, written by a group of nutrition and cardiovascular disease experts, says dietary patterns and quality are still not adequately addressed during patient visits with physicians. It could be for lack of training or time, so designing a quick, valid, evidence-based diet assessment to evaluate diet could provide a reliable framework to help primary and specialty healthcare professionals incorporate diet screening into their workflow. The end goal is targeting actionable dietary changes in patients to improve health outcomes.

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