How does #RDUK work?

It is a monthly moderated conversation on Twitter covering various nutrition topics.  The hour-long twitter session will cover nutrition themes related to the latest headlines, new studies or controversial topics. Anyone with a twitter account can participate but the conversation will be moderated by registered dietitians (RD). Special guests can be invited to lead the discussion. Questions will be asked by the moderator (Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.) and participants will respond to questions (A1, A2, A3), add comments or RT other answers.

Monthly conversations will be archived and can be accessed at a later date.

When is it?

First Monday of each month at 8-9pm UK time. Each month we cover a different topic. Search for #RDUK on Twitter to find out the theme for the month and to see updates.

What will we discuss?

Each month we will cover a different topic related to nutrition. This topic will be communicated in advance of each chat session

4 Aug 2014: Sports Nutrition 

  1. Can diet & protein shakes help to build muscle?
  2. Rehydrating – Which is better water or sports drinks?
  3. Any recommended sports nutrition resources …e.g. websites, blogs, books?
  4. What are the optimum post training or competition recovery foods?
  5. Are there any important vitamins and minerals to consider in sport nutrition?

Read what we discussed here: Sports Nutrition

7 Jul 2014: Adult Food Allergies 

Read what we discussed here: Adult Food Allergies

9 Jun 2014: Meat Free Mondays 

Read what we discussed here: Meat Free Monday

10 Jun 2014: The Fats Debate 

Read what we discussed here: The Fat Debate

12 Jun 2014: Nutrition Secrets From Nutrition Experts 

Read what we discussed here: Nutrition Secrets

7 Apr 2014: ‘Dairy Protein’

Read what we discussed here: Dairy Protein

17 Mar 2014: ‘Hydration’

Read what we discussed here: Hydration

3 Feb 2014: ‘The Sugar Debate’

Read what we discussed here: The Sugar Debate

3 Dec 2013: ‘Is it cow’s milk allergy? Navigating the journey’

Read what we discussed here: Is it Cow’s Milk Allergy? Navigating the Journey

11 Nov 2013: ‘Weaning’

Read what we discussed here: Weaning

7 Oct 2013: ‘Sustainable eating and nutrition’

Read what we discussed here: Sustainable Eating & Nutrition

2 Sept 2013: ‘Diet and Heart Health’

Read what we discussed here: Diet & Heart Health

1 July 2013: ‘Understanding Food Labels’

No archive

13 May 2013: ‘Getting to the Bottom of Gluten Free’

Read what we discussed here: Gluten Free

14 Jan 2013: ‘Fad Diets’

Read what we discussed here: Fad Diets

3 Dec 2012: ‘Infant Cow’s Milk Allergy’

Read what we discussed here: Cow’s Milk Allergy

This twitter chat was kindly supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition

12 Nov 2012: ‘Cancer Prevention’

Read what we discussed here: Diet & Cancer Prevention

1 Oct 2012: ‘Food and Mood’

Read what we discussed here: Food and Mood

3 Sept 2012: The Mediterranean Diet

Read what we discussed here: The Mediterranean Diet

2 July 2012: ‘Nutrition Myths’

Read what we discussed here: Nutrition Myths

18 June 2012: ‘To Carb Or Not To Carb’

Read what we discussed here: To Carb or Not To Carb

21 May 2012: ‘Weaning’

Read what we discussed here: Weaning

16 April 2012: ‘The Low FODMAP Diet & IBS’

Read what we discussed here: The Low FODMAP Diet & IBS

5 March 2012: ‘Beefing up Malnutrition’

Read what we discussed here: Beefing Up Malnutrition Archived Chat



1. Dietitians work in isolation a lot of the time and taking part in a twitter forum can help us network, share information on a range of topics and collectively improve our nutrition knowledge.

2. Trust a dietitian to know about nutrition. There is a lot of mistruths circulating out there, so let’s set the record straight and take more control of social media

3. You may learn something new and add to your continued professional development

4. Help raise our dietetic profile in the UK with journalists, medical, nursing & health care professionals and health related charities.


The chat happens live on Twitter and you can join in at any time during the hour. Simply log in to Twitter and type in #RDUK or start a column on Tweetdeck for #RDUK.


                  • Sasha Watkins (@TheFoodCoachRD)
                  • Azmina Govindji (@AzminaNutrition)
                  • Emma Carder (@EmmaCarderRD)

BDA support 

We have the full support of the British Dietetic Association.


Please drop me an email or contact me via Twitter (@TheFoodCoachRD) if you have any questions.

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