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Hosted by award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Melissa Joy Dobbins, the Guilt-Free RD® - "because food shouldn't make you feel bad!" Join Melissa’s conversations with experts including researchers, academics, authors, dietitians and more as they delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition. This podcast provides food for thought on a variety of topics ranging from fad diets to farming. Walk away with credible information to help you make your o ...
 
Relationships can be challenging. Especially when it comes to merging two lifestyles together from a “ME” to a “WE” with your health habits. Join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT and her husband, Taco, as they get real about what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle while in a committed relationship. Hear from other couples as well about their challenges and learnings as they started living together and throughout the relationship. Whether you’re newly engaged, n ...
 
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The Biological Imperative to Regain Weight When it comes to losing weight we often hear: “You just need to eat less and move more!” This advice dates back as far as Hippocrates in the fourth century BC, and not much has changed since. Diets are based on this very foundation and despite their different approaches, they are all essentially the same. …
 
Overconsumption of added sugars continues to be a major concern in health maintenance and chronic disease prevention among Americans. The average American currently consumes 270 calories or the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of added sugars per day. Can low- and no-calorie sweeteners provide a safe and effective option to help people reduce their consu…
 
Beyond the Headlines, Stereotypes & Dogma: Meat Intake & Recommendations The public health mantra is often “cut back on beef for health” yet most Americans view beef as “nutritious” when part of a balanced diet. Media headlines often stereotype beef as huge steaks and gooey cheeseburgers – but is that portrayal accurate when it comes to the cuts of…
 
Every day the scientific community is learning more about the important connections between brain health, mental health, mood and the food we eat. Our brains function best when they get the right fuel – and that fuel comes from eating a healthy diet filled with nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts and seafood. Tune into this pod…
 
In the post-Covid era, three things have emerged as top priorities for American’s wellness: sleep, stress and immunity. Each one is affected by and affects the other. A recent survey conducted by Nature Made that explored Americans’ health and wellness needs, goals and concerns found that sleeping better is a top mental health goal for 2021 for hal…
 
Fight Diabetes, Heart Disease & More with Peanuts People have enjoyed the delicious crunch of peanuts throughout history, and today, research surrounding peanut nutrition continues to point to its health benefits. Tune into this podcast episode with guest Dr. Samara Sterling, a nutrition scientist and the Research Director for The Peanut Institute …
 
Gut health and immune health are emerging as top priorities for overall health and wellbeing. With our immune system tied directly to our gut health, it is critical to ensure we are doing everything we can to support it. Most people have heard of probiotics, and perhaps even prebiotics, but there’s a “new biotic” on the scene - POSTbiotics. Tune in…
 
It’s no secret that whole grains are good for us. Dietary guidance tells us to “make half our grains whole,” cereal boxes and bread bags tout their whole grain goodness, and news headlines repeat the message. But what about “the other half,” refined grains? Thanks to a misleading mix of media coverage, research, and dietary guidance, you’ve probabl…
 
“From superfoods to clean eating, we are seduced by marketing pitches that inevitably fail to deliver lasting results.” – Jack A. Bobo Jack Bobo is the author of the book ‘Why smart people make bad food choices – the invisible influences that guide our thinking.’ He is also the CEO of Futurity, a food foresight company that advises companies, found…
 
Cultural Competency is recognizing and forming ones attitudes, believes, skills, values and levels of awareness to provide culturally-appropriate, respectful and relevant care and education – Campinha-Bacote Model This episode explores the concepts and communication strategies within the context of, and beyond, cultural competency including cultura…
 
Vandana Sheth is a nationally recognized and award winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist, and author of the cookbook My Indian Table: Quick & Tasty Vegetarian Recipes. Tune in to this episode to learn about: The influences and inspiration that led Vandana to the field of nutrition and vegetarian…
 
This is the first time since the 1985 edition that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide recommendations by stage of life, from birth to older adulthood, including pregnancy and lactation. It includes guidance based upon more age-specific needs, and the call to action, “Make Every Bite Count”, emphasizes focusing on nutrient-dense foods and …
 
This two-part podcast series addresses the science and social science of obesity with a goal of changing how we see, prevent and treat obesity by helping people with obesity see their weight and weight management differently, and helping physicians and other healthcare professionals gain a more robust understanding of obesity and talk with their pa…
 
Despite understanding the complexities of obesity and efforts to curb obesity, rates continue to rise. Our current approach is inadequate with a siloed and mechanistic healthcare system, polarized perspectives on body acceptance and diet culture, and a lack of knowledge or access to treatment options and improved outcomes. This two-part podcast ser…
 
According to sports nutritionist Nancy Clark: Food is fuel. Food is health. As humans, we are SUPPOSED to eat. Too many people try to "stay away" from food (especially "carbs") in their efforts to lose body fat. People need to know that food "works"; that what and when and how they eat matters in terms of enjoying high energy, feeling good, and per…
 
Avocados are a good source of dietary fiber and provide monounsaturated fatty acids, nutrients that have been independently connected to metabolic health benefits and the gastrointestinal microbiota. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition evaluated the impact of avocado consumption on the gut microbiota and microbial metabolites and e…
 
There’s no evidence that withholding any allergen prevents food allergies, and the newly revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans reinforce that in order to reduce the risk of food allergies babies should be fed infant-safe potentially allergenic foods once they’ve eaten a few other complementary foods successfully – starting at around 6-months of …
 
This bonus episode is part of a series of Cookbook Conversations. These bonus episodes are shorter than the usual episodes and the discussion is focused solely on the cookbook, recipes and tips straight from the author. Today we are “in the kitchen” with Luis Gonzalez talking about the 30-Minute DASH Diet Cookbook: Fast and Easy Recipes to Lose Wei…
 
The science behind anti-inflammation foods and diets, such as the Mediterranean Diet, is strong. But there are some common misperceptions and other barriers that might be preventing people from embracing this healthy diet and lifestyle. Research shows that inflammation is the root driver of many chronic conditions. An anti-inflammatory eating appro…
 
As a registered dietitian, TEDx speaker, international speaker, and author, Clancy Harrison challenges the way food insecurity is approached in the US. Her mission to demolish the stigma around healthy food access places her on the cutting edge of advocacy. Tune in to this episode to learn about: Clancy’s personal story of how she woke up to her ow…
 
This bonus episode is part of a series of Cookbook Conversations. These bonus episodes are shorter than the usual episodes and the discussion is focused solely on the cookbook, recipes and tips straight from the author. Today we are “in the kitchen” with Toby Amidor talking about The Best 3-Ingredient Cookbook: 100 Fast and Easy Recipes for Everyon…
 
The health benefits of seafood are well researched - eating more seafood can reduce the risks of chronic disease affecting many Americans today. The newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage people to eat seafood at least twice a week, and includes first-time recommendations for babies and toddlers under two years old. While eating …
 
As consumers increasingly demand more nutritious food and beverages, the food industry is responding with innovation and reformulation. Nutrition science is the guiding principle as well as the bridge between nutrition research and food industry goals. For example, PepsiCo continues to add product offerings with positive nutrition like whole grains…
 
There is no reason for women to deprive themselves of delicious, nourishing foods as they navigate the years before, during and after menopause. Registered Dietitians Hillary Wright and Elizabeth Ward have teamed up to author the new book, The Menopause Diet Plan. With a comprehensive approach to better health, this book helps women take charge of …
 
A growing body of evidence suggests that specific, naturally occurring gut bacteria are under-represented in the intestinal tracts of individuals developing, and with, type 2 diabetes and that their functions impact glucose and insulin homeostasis. This podcast offers listeners a deeper understanding of the changes that occur in the gut microbiome …
 
Thank you for tuning into this short bonus episode so I can share some important updates with you! I hope I've provided some information and inspiration to you during this "unprecedented" year we've had in 2020. One of the best phrases I’ve heard to describe this year was this: We are all experiencing the same storm but in different boats. Same sto…
 
The United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years. These guidelines serve as a source of guidance to inform food and nutrition programs and initiatives. They also support the development of science-based nutrition education messages …
 
“Medical humanities can be defined as an interdisciplinary, and increasingly international endeavor that draws on the creative and intellectual strengths of diverse disciplines, including literature, art, creative writing, drama, film, music, philosophy, ethical decision making, anthropology, and history, in pursuit of medical educational goals.[2]…
 
The road to type 2 diabetes remission or reversal is not as simple as eating better and exercising more. Improving outcomes in diabetes is a much more complex system. The reported rates of remission are often different from what the research actually says. In this podcast episode, we hear from a diabetes care and education expert on where the resea…
 
Diet has a significant role in disease development and protection, particularly when it comes to certain diseases like diabetes. More recently, the quality of carbohydrates and fats has been examined more closely for their impact on health. Epidemiologic studies have revealed that consumption of refined carbohydrate-containing diets and/or diets hi…
 
Avocados are a nutrient-dense source of monounsaturated fatty acids (5g of MUFAs per one-third of a medium avocado) and other essential nutrients. They may have an additional LDL cholesterol lowering effect beyond that observed when their MUFAs are substituted for saturated fatty acids, especially on small, dense LDL particles, which are susceptibl…
 
Digestive health has been a priority trend for multiple years and is anticipated to keep evolving as scientific research expands and further uncovers solutions to help address consumer concerns. There are many factors that can affect our digestive health including family and genetic history, stress, and what we eat. Tune in to this episode to learn…
 
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote in 1920. However, the battle for women’s suffrage lasted more than 70 years, beginning in 1848. When we hear about the suffrage movement in the media or read about it in history books, we usually hear…
 
According to a 2019 Gallup survey, 1 in 7 Americans said they personally use CBD-containing products, citing relief from pain (40%), anxiety (20%), insomnia (18%) and arthritis (8%) as their top reasons for using it. As more people turn to cannabis and CBD for their medicinal properties, it’s important to learn about the history and the science beh…
 
As more consumers approach health and wellness in a holistic way, functionality is being sought in a highly complementary way via supplements and functional foods and beverages. Historically, beverages were a more culturally acceptable vehicle for functionality, but now we see as much or greater interest in obtaining specific benefits from function…
 
While the forms of communication may be ever changing, the methods behind effectively communicating science-based nutrition information are evergreen. Knowing your audience and customizing communications through various platforms are skills that practitioners, students, and nutrition professionals of all degrees of experience can utilize in practic…
 
“Individuals with overweight or obesity are at a greater risk for cognitive impairment. The purpose of this study was to examine the potential role of avocados on cognitive function and lutein status among adults with overweight and obesity.”– Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN Emerging science links mid-life obesity to later cognitive decline, and while the e…
 
While RCT (Randomized Controlled Trail) studies are the gold standard, there’s no perfect research study or methodology - every approach will have it’s inherent advantages and disadvantages. Despite some criticism, NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) offers a rich database of information surrounding health and nutrition. Durin…
 
“My background bridges agriculture, trade, and nutrition, so I can help those that are looking to bulk up their ‘food literacy’. Where our food comes from, how to understand science, how we should actually choose what we feed ourselves and our families… These are the questions I have spent many years studying and thinking about. I help people redef…
 
There is a growing awareness of the importance of body positivity and intuitive eating. More people are embracing the Health At Every Size (HAES) concept and the belief that weight status does not equate to health status. However, there are some who believe that any “intentional” weight loss is more dangerous than being overweight and that it’s als…
 
Tune in to this episode to learn about the details of a new research study as well as an in-depth discussion about the strengths and limitations of different types of nutrition research including randomized controlled trials, observational studies and industry funded research. Nearly half of all American adults are living with some form of cardiova…
 
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) is a not-for-profit science communications organization based in Washington, DC that addresses various food-related topics with its team of RDs, PhDs and communications professionals. They are dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and fo…
 
Big Data: The Opportunity for Food & Nutrition Professionals All aspects of food and nutrition are impacted by Big Data and its analysis, and to this end, dietitians must possess a deeper understanding of this field as well as the full potential of using these technology advances within the profession. If nutrition professionals can tap into the fl…
 
“When was the last time you changed YOUR mind?” - Tamar Haspel Tamar Haspel is a James Beard award-winning Washington Post columnist. She has been on the food and science beat for the best part of two decades and is knee-deep in the public food conversation. Tamar speaks frequently at venues where the debates about our food supply play out, includi…
 
“The misperception that eating fat causes weight gain may lead consumers to avoid nutritious foods like avocados, which are primarily composed of beneficial monounsaturated fats.” – Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN A randomized parallel-controlled trial of 51 healthy participants 20-60 years old and of BMI 27-35kg/m2 published in Current Developments in Nutr…
 
Crop One is an integral part of the future of farming. This vertical farm company is changing the way we think about agriculture, and how this type of growing system can play a role in food safety, sustainability, and land use. Tune in to this episode to learn about: The potential advantages and drawbacks to vertical farming The role of a controlle…
 
Tune in to this episode to learn about: The connection between soy and breast cancer. Soyfoods and men’s health. The prevalence of soy allergies. The bioavailability of nutrients in soy. Whether or not soy protein impacts heart health. Dr. Mark Messina, PhD, MS, is an internationally recognized soy expert, Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition In…
 
There seems to be increasing criticism and negative publicity around meat production despite the fact that we have much fewer cattle in the U.S. today than in the past, and therefore the carbon footprint is smaller than before. With increasing concerns about climate change and the fact that cattle are ruminant animals which produce methane, the cha…
 
The AADE7® Self-Care Behaviors framework utilizes the best practice of diabetes education by measuring, monitoring and managing outcomes. The 7 behaviors are: healthy eating, being active, taking medication, monitoring, reducing risks, problem solving and healthy coping. These behaviors are widely recognized and used by healthcare professionals, pr…
 
The global health pandemic is making a big difference in our food system, and how consumers think about food. This shift in how we view food safety, value, and sustainability efforts will impact the future food landscape for years to come. Tune in to this episode to learn about: Why the current food system can decrease consumer confidence in food b…
 
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