23 episodes

The podcast that keeps you up-to-date on all things nuts! Hosted by Nuts for Life Program Manager and Accredited Practising Dietitian Belinda Neville.

Each month, Belinda talks with someone new – from nutrition experts and researchers to nut growers – to find out why there’s so much to love about nuts!

Host: Belinda Neville

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The Healthy Handful Nuts for Life

    • Health & Fitness

The podcast that keeps you up-to-date on all things nuts! Hosted by Nuts for Life Program Manager and Accredited Practising Dietitian Belinda Neville.

Each month, Belinda talks with someone new – from nutrition experts and researchers to nut growers – to find out why there’s so much to love about nuts!

Host: Belinda Neville

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Contact us at admin@nutsforlife.com.au
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    Nuts, seeds and heart health

    Nuts, seeds and heart health

    About this episode
    Research supporting the role of nuts for heart health has gained significant momentum since the publication of the landmark Adventist Health Study in 1992. And the body of evidence is still growing today.
    But what do we know about seeds? Despite them having a relatively similar nutritional profile to nuts, does the evidence also support seeds for heart health?
    We speak with Lily Henderson from the New Zealand Heart Foundation. Lily explains the key findings from their recently-updated position statement on nuts, seeds and heart health, including the recommendations and implications for practice.   
    About today’s guest
    Lily Henderson is National Nutrition Advisor at the New Zealand Heart Foundation and a board member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Lily has more than 15 years of experience working in public health as a registered dietitian in New Zealand, the UK and Australia.
    Her current role includes policy development, nutrition communications and advisory to a wide range of stakeholders. She is passionate about using the latest evidence to educate Kiwis with simple and meaningful lifestyle messages.
    Supporting resources
    Nuts, seeds and heart health position statement
    https://assets.heartfoundation.org.nz/documents/nutrition/position-statements/nuts-and-seeds-position-statement.pdf
    Nuts and risk of cardiovascular disease
    https://www.nutsforlife.com.au/resource/nuts-and-cardiovascular-disease-what-does-the-science-say/
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    Host: Belinda Neville
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    • 30 min
    Nuts and skin health

    Nuts and skin health

    About this episode
    Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it acts as a barrier to protect internal organs and cells from external elements. And just like other organs, our skin needs a diverse range of nutrients to stay healthy, with emerging research suggesting the potential role of plant-based foods in the promotion and maintenance of the health of our skin.
    In this episode, we ask dietitian Geraldine Georgeou about the science behind diet and skin health. She covers bioactives, oxidation, inflammation – and much more!
    About today’s guest
    Geraldine Georgeou is an experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian with more than 20 years’ in the industry. Gaining experience from Prince of Wales Hospital, Geraldine has contributed to helping the Australian Navy, consulting to Diabetes Australia and being a familiar face in the media.
    Geraldine has been a gastroenterology dietitian at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney – and a member of the Council for The Gut Foundation at The Prince of Wales Hospital, and author of “The Gut Foundation Cook book”.
    She is also the author of "The Australian Healthy Skin Diet" released in 2020 in Australia and the United Kingdom. She was recently voted a Dietitians Australia Extraordinary Dietitian, in 2021.
    Her expertise in clinical dietetics and nutrition has helped a vast majority of people who have suffered from metabolic and gastrointestinal health issues together with dermatology, rheumatology, and in disease prevention and management - such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, skin health, heart disease and sleep health.
    Geraldine’s dietetic practice prides itself on keeping up to date with the latest research and best practice guidelines for patient care. She is passionate about sharing scientific research with the broader public in a way that is accessible.
    Supporting resources
    Plant-based foods for skin health: A narrative review
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34728412/
    Skin wrinkling: Can food make a difference?
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11293471/
    A low-glycemic-load diet improves symptoms in acne vulgaris patients: A randomized controlled trial
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17616769/
    https://www.australianhealthyskindiet.com.au/
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    Host: Belinda Neville
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    • 24 min
    Food and mood

    Food and mood

    About this episode
    Just like it can the rest of our body, our lifestyle choices (including sleep, exercise and importantly, our diet) can impact the health of our brains too.
    Our brains need a diverse range of nutrients, from a diverse diet, to perform at their best. When this happens, it can result in meaningful improvements to our mental health too.
    Learn more about this fascinating area of research with our guest Dr Wolf Marx from the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University. He talks us through the science linking what we eat to our brain, mood, and mental health.
    About today’s guest
    Dr Wolf Marx is an NHMRC Emerging Leader and Senior Research Fellow at the Food & Mood Centre, where he leads the Nutraceutical Research stream. Wolfgang’s current research program covers a broad range of projects involving the use nutraceuticals for mental health, fatigue, and cognition. Of particular interest is the role of polyphenols – compounds found abundantly in spices, fruits, and vegetables – in brain health and the gut microbiome.
    Supporting resources
    A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the ‘SMILES’ trial)
    https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-017-0791-y
    Does the evidence support a relationship between higher levels of nut consumption, lower risk of depression, and better mood state in the general population? A systematic review
    https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/nutrit/nuac022/6564770?redirectedFrom=fulltext&login=false
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    Host: Belinda Neville
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    • 28 min
    Nuts and fitness

    Nuts and fitness

    About this episode
    Nutrition is a crucial foundation for performance, underpinning everything from preparation via fuelling and hydration, to recovery, as well as playing a key role in injury prevention, sleep and mental performance.
    We speak with Accredited Sports Dietitian Emilie Burgess, and take a deep dive into the nutrition pillars that underpin performance. She explains the key nutrients which assist in supporting our ability to train and perform at our best, and dispels some common performance myths.   
    About today’s guest
    Emilie Burgess is an Accredited Sports Dietitian, with more than 10 years’ experience in the performance nutrition landscape. Graduating from the University of Sydney in 2007, Emilie went on to complete a Diploma of Sports Nutrition through the International Olympic committee.
    She is co-director and performance dietitian at The Athlete’s Kitchen. Based in Tasmania, she consults to Cricket Tasmania, Tennis Tasmania and Netball Tasmania, as well as working in private practice.
    Supporting resources
    https://www.nutsforlife.com.au/resource/nuts-for-sport-and-fitness/
    Fact sheets
    Nuts for weight and fitness: https://d131k5wuh4trw5.cloudfront.net/uploads/Weight-fitness-goals-FINAL-181021.pdf
    Nut FAQs answered: https://d131k5wuh4trw5.cloudfront.net/uploads/FAQ-FINAL-181021.pdf
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    • 36 min
    Nuts and CVD

    Nuts and CVD

    About this episode
    In Europe, and in the US, regulators have approved the use of health claims for walnuts improving endothelial function, and for macadamias reducing the risk of heart disease, respectively.
    Yet to date, no such 'food-health relationship' claim has been approved for use in Australia by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).  
    A recent review looked into the strength of the evidence for nuts in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The body of evidence suggests that nuts have a significant beneficial impact on several indicators (or biomarkers) of CVD.
    Dr. Lauren Houston takes us through the research and summarises the findings - which support the food-health relationship between nuts and the risk of CVD.
    About today’s guest
    Dr. Lauren Houston is a Research Fellow in the Cardiovascular Program at The George Institute for Global Health and is a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
    She completed her PhD in June 2021 at the University of Wollongong in the field of Health Sciences. Her research interests are in large-scale clinical trials in chronic disease prevention and treatment.
    Lauren currently works in the research areas of type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and cardio oncology though she has also been involved in research focusing on overweight and obesity, hypertension, gestational diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and mobile health applications.
    Dr. Houston has presented her research at several national and international conferences and was awarded best oral presentation at the Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition 2017. She has strong international ties across Europe and the United States.
    Dr. Houston was selected as an emerging early-career researcher to attend the Oceanic Nutrition Leadership Program in 2020.
    Supporting resources
    Nuts and risk of cardiovascular disease – A systematic review and meta-analysis of the diet-disease relationship
    https://www.nutsforlife.com.au/resource/nuts-and-cardiovascular-disease-what-does-the-science-say/
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    Host: Belinda Neville
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    • 31 min
    Nut FAQs

    Nut FAQs

    About this episode
    In today’s episode, we’ll dive into some of the most common nut questions (and myths) we hear time and again, and explain where the truth really lies, based on the scientific evidence. 
    Should you avoid nuts if you’re trying to lose weight? Can you eat nuts if you have diverticular disease? Raw or roasted – which is healthier? Do you need to activate nuts? And are nuts allowed on a low FODMAP diet?
    The Healthy Handful podcast host, Belinda Neville, speaks with colleague and Accredited Practising Dietitian Maree Hall to unpack the answers to these hot nut questions.
    About today’s guest
    Maree Hall is the Digital and Communications Manager at Nuts for Life. Maree has more than 15 years’ experience in communications across a range of channels, working primarily with consumer and healthcare professional audiences. During the past decade she has worked across the food industry sector, as well as for the professions’ national body, Dietitians Australia.
    Supporting resources:
    Are fatty nuts a weighty concern? A systematic review and meta-analysis and dose–response meta-regression of prospective cohorts and randomized controlled trials
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/obr.13330
    Activating Nuts Podcast Episode: https://www.nutsforlife.com.au/resource/episode-3-activating-nuts/
    Summary Audit Report: https://www.nutsforlife.com.au/resource/an-audit-of-the-energy-fat-and-sodium-content-of-nuts/
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    • 18 min

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