Shraddha is a Registered and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest food and nutrition professionals organization. She has earned her graduate degree in food and nutrition from Oklahoma State University and finished a coordinated dietetic program at the University of Alabama. She began her career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 1999 and has worked in several medical settings, serving a wide variety of clients. She believes in the healing power of food and hopes to share her evidence-based food and nutrition wisdom to improve health and wellbeing. She has been a thought leader in defining healthy food since no one food has all the nutrients your body needs. Similarly, one healthy food may not be beneficial for everyone since individual nutritional needs are different.
Shraddha has created a food rating system called Food Coach, which rates your food into 1 of 4 colored dots categories:
Green Dot Foods: Green dot foods are health-promoting foods that provide a healthy balance of macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein)and micronutrients (Vitamins and Minerals) along with other health-promoting compounds in exchange for the minimal number of calories.
Yellow Dot Foods:Yellow dot rated foods come with a healthy balance of these vital nutrients and are moderate in calories.
Green-Yellow Dot Foods: Green Yellow dot foods are also balanced in health-promoting nutrients and come with an adequate calorie level to make a healthy meal.
Red Dot Foods: Red dot foods are not necessarily bad foods, but they are not in the balance of nutrients in exchange for their calories to provide optimum health and wellness.
Red dot food rating does not mean that you should not eat these foods; instead, you should be mindful of the quantity and frequency you consume. NutriPledge food rating aims not to stamp any food as strictly healthy or unhealthy, but instead to bring awareness about healthy and unhealthy qualities so that consumers can decide what is best for them.
Shraddha also enjoys cooking a diverse variety of foods from different cultures and shares her recipes with a dot rating under her Therapeutic Recipes blog section. View her curriculum vitae here!