I became interested in nutrition when I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies and PCOS within the same year. I was a vegetarian at the time and felt really confused and lost. This was made worse by the fact that when I went to visit my family it felt like I could no longer eat our traditional foods … on top of feeling confused and scared about my health, I felt isolated from my culture. I realized later that the foods from my culture actually were supportive of my health goals, I had just been fed the wrong message by mainstream wellness culture. As I started my graduate program in nutrition, I started hearing the same thing from other Latinos constantly … we felt like we needed extra help with nutrition because our foods were inherently unhealthy. Not only do I not believe this to be true, I believe perpetuating this myth harms the Latinx community and prevents us from getting the public health resources and attention we need.
I’ve made it my mission to dive deep into the health and nutrition of Latin food culture, to dispel this myth, and to empower Latinxs to own their health by honoring their culture, instead of choosing between the two.