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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 own, well-informed nutrition decisions based on facts, not fear. For more information visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

Sound Bites A Nutrition Podcast Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, CDE

    • Nutrition
    • 4.8 • 137 Ratings

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 own, well-informed nutrition decisions based on facts, not fear. For more information visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

    Functional Foods, Beverages & Supplements: Trends & Insights – Dr. Shelley Balanko

    Functional Foods, Beverages & Supplements: Trends & Insights – Dr. Shelley Balanko

    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 functional foods. While supplements used to be largely relied upon as "insurance" in case healthy eating regimens weren't enough, now more consumers use supplements for targeted benefits, and that's especially true of younger consumers. There's considerable room for growth in functional foods/beverages as there are much larger proportions of consumers who are interested in trying them for a variety of benefits than are currently using them for those benefits.
    On this podcast episode, Dr. Shelley Balanko shares new insights about supplements and functional foods, including the impact of COVID-19 on consumers' interest in benefits like immunity and digestion, based on a new report by the Hartman Group.
    Full shownotes and resources at www.SoundBitesRD.com/159

    • 44 min
    Communicating Nutrition – Barbara J. Mayfield

    Communicating Nutrition – Barbara J. Mayfield

    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 practice.
    Today’s guest, Barbara J. Mayfield, is Founder and President of Nutrition Communicator, LLC and leads nutrition professionals to create compelling messages that are evidence-based, meaningful, memorable, and motivating. She is editor for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Communicating Nutrition: The Authoritative Guide, published in August 2020.
    Written and reviewed by experienced nutrition communicators and educators, Communicating Nutrition: The Authoritative Guide, provides the knowledge and skills needed to develop and deliver all types of communication in a variety of settings. Students, interns, and practitioners alike will find this to be an indispensable resource, offering guidance on writing and interpreting scientific research, developing science-based messages, and addressing misinformation, as well as customizing communications to various audiences through social media, videos, presentations, demonstrations, and more.
    Tune in to this episode to learn about:
    the fundamentals of effective nutrition communication how to improve nutrition communication skills being evidence-based accessing, interpreting and translating information why a needs assessment is so important transferring skills to various platforms determining if a nutrition source is credible For more information and links to resources visit: www.SoundBitesRD.com/communicating-nutrition 

    • 45 min
    Avocados & Cognition in Adults with Overweight/Obesity

    Avocados & Cognition in Adults with Overweight/Obesity

    “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 exact mechanisms of the influence of overweight and obesity on cognitive health are not yet fully understood, dietary lutein (which is a plant pigment known as a xanthophyll and found in green leafy vegetables, eggs and fruits such as avocados) has been associated with beneficial cognitive patterns in people who are overweight or obese.
    A new study titled “Effects of 12-week avocado consumption on cognitive function among adults with overweight and obesity” was recently published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. This study was supported by the Hass Avocado Board as part of the Love One Today® education program.
    Tune in to this Sound Bites® Podcast episode with guest Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, to learn about key takeaways of this study and practical tips for picking, buying and storing avocados including how to freeze them and use them in a variety of delicious and nutritious ways.
    Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians Registered, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists can earn 1.0 FREE CEU for listening to this podcast episode.
    This episode is sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® and we thank them for their support of the podcast. For more information and resources visit: https://bit.ly/3kUfBzW

    • 32 min
    Nutrition Research: Epidemiology & NHANES – Yanni Papanikolaou

    Nutrition Research: Epidemiology & NHANES – Yanni Papanikolaou

    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. During this podcast, Yanni Papanikolaou, MPH, PhD candidate, covers the benefits, potential drawbacks, and ways we can strengthen nutrition research today, and in the future.
    Tune in to this episode to learn about:
    Yanni’s personal fitness “experiment” The pros and cons of nutrition research & epidemiology What NHANES is & what it is used for How we can strengthen research and studies The potential relationship between type 2 diabetes & cognition Industry-funded research  
    Yanni Papanikolaou is an accomplished, peer-reviewed author in scientific journals and book chapters, and has presented at domestic and international nutrition conferences. His current focus involves collaborating on analyses that use data from CDC’s NHANES. Yanni is a co-author on numerous NHANES studies including research examining how different dietary patterns are associated with nutrient intakes, diet quality, food group consumption and various health outcomes.
    For the full shownotes and links to resources: www.SoundBitesRD.com/157

    • 52 min
    The Pandemic, Food Econ & the Grain Industry – Christine Cochran

    The Pandemic, Food Econ & the Grain Industry – Christine Cochran

    “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 redefine their reality with fact-based information that they were either missing entirely or had not been presented in an engaging way.” - Christine Cochran
    Tune in to this episode to learn about:
    The pandemic’s effect on the food industry and supply chains Did those empty grocery shelves represent a true food shortage? If not, what explains it? Grain’s journey from field to table and what challenges the pandemic has presented What long-term impacts might this pandemic have on grocery shopping and other behaviors How today’s wheat compares to that of the past A sneak peek at the Dietary Guidelines My guest, Christine Cochran, BS, JD, is the executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation. A lover of grains before joining the Foundation, she is now an educated lover of grains. 
    Full shownotes at www.SoundBitesRD.com/156

    • 43 min
    Diets, Diet Culture & Dietitians – Abby Langer

    Diets, Diet Culture & Dietitians – Abby Langer

    “Dietitians demystify and de-weaponize food. We teach clients how to accept their body the way it is. Weight loss may result from the changes they make. Whether they lose weight or not, the changes we help them make can have a tremendous positive impact on their life in terms of physical and emotional health.” - Abby Langer, RD

    • 52 min

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137 Ratings

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Melissa, host of the Sound Bites podcast, highlight all good aspects and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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