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The modern food system is broken and our health is terrible. What can we do to fix it?

Theresa "Sam" Houghton, Chief Nerd at The Modern Health Nerd, brings together the movers, shakers and innovators from food, health, agriculture and everywhere in between for fascinating conversations that examine what individuals and companies are doing to transform what we eat and how we live.

From innovative plant-based products and indoor vertical farming to fitness and foodtech, every episode features some of the most thoughtful and innovative minds making an impact across industries. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-modern-health-nerd/support

The Modern Health Nerd Podcast Theresa Houghton

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The modern food system is broken and our health is terrible. What can we do to fix it?

Theresa "Sam" Houghton, Chief Nerd at The Modern Health Nerd, brings together the movers, shakers and innovators from food, health, agriculture and everywhere in between for fascinating conversations that examine what individuals and companies are doing to transform what we eat and how we live.

From innovative plant-based products and indoor vertical farming to fitness and foodtech, every episode features some of the most thoughtful and innovative minds making an impact across industries. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-modern-health-nerd/support

    Making Whole Food Plant Based Fun, Colorful and Tasty with Jason Rosenbaum of Actual Veggies

    Making Whole Food Plant Based Fun, Colorful and Tasty with Jason Rosenbaum of Actual Veggies

    Actual Veggies CEO Jason Rosenbaum and his co-founder, Hailey Swartz, didn’t set out to make a whole food plant-based product that appealed to everybody.

    But that’s exactly what they did with their line of colorful burgers.

    When Jason stopped eating meat for his health, he couldn’t find an alternative to his favorite meat, the beef burger, that met his standards. Although he recognizes plant-based meats as a tasty and helpful “next step” for people transitioning from a standard Western diet to a plant-based diet, he and Hailey wanted to go the next step and offer healthier options.

    Their philosophy is simple: Make something from 100% whole plant foods that looks good, tastes good and is easy to prepare. Without compromising on these principles, Jason and Hailey worked with their team to create a line of burgers in a rainbow of colors—all crafted using veggies, beans, grains and spices.

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    Episode Highlights


    The experience of growing a brand in a category dominated by big names that aren’t whole food plant based
    How making a whole food plant-based product colorful and attractive can drive adoption across demographics and into the mainstream
    Retailers’ and consumers’ increasing demand for healthier plant-based products
    Why customer feedback is critical in product development
    The “plant-forward” trend that’s taking plant-based food to the next (healthier) level
    The changing narrative around plant-based eating and whole food plant based in particular
    How having advocates who can positively influence the public toward plant-based can help brands in the space grow

    Jason encourages other whole food plant-based brands to stick to their principles and persevere through the ups and downs of business.

    “Don’t compromise on your foundation or on what you set out to do,” he advises. That’s how he and Hailey turned their passion project into a business they love and that’s making a difference in the plant-based movement—and the world.

    About Actual Veggies and Co-Founders Jason & Hailey
    Founded in early 2020 and headquartered in New York City, Actual Veggies is redefining what retail and food service consumers consider a plant-based burger with its four different varieties of its ¼-pound, chef-crafted veggie burger patties made with only fresh, actual vegetables, grains and spices. Actual Veggies can be found at Sprouts, HungryRoot, and online at ShopVejii.com and www.actualveggies.com.

    Find (and Follow) Actual Veggies

    https://actualveggies.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actualveggies/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/actualveggies
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/actualveggies
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/actual-veggies/
    Jason on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosenbaumjason/
    Hailey on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haileyswartz/
    Where to buy: https://actualveggies.com/pages/where-to-buy


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    • 37 min
    Taking Back Our Power for Health with Paige Parsons Roache

    Taking Back Our Power for Health with Paige Parsons Roache

    “Everybody has access to extraordinary choices.” - Paige Parsons Roache

    When her daughter decided to go vegan, Paige Parsons Roache couldn’t have imagined how much her own diet and life would change.

    It started with education: reading books, listening to plant-based doctors, watching documentaries and trying vegan food from local restaurants. Pretty soon, Paige was experimenting with recipes and becoming a “chef in her own kitchen” for the first time in her life.

    After meeting Jane Velez-Mitchell at a vegan event, Paige found herself inspired to get more involved and more vocal about the plant-based cause. Documentaries like Cowspiracy and What the Health had opened her eyes to the environmental and social impacts of animal agriculture, and she became committed to helping end the suffering connected to the industry.

    “If I knowingly was contributing to the harm of another,” Paige says of her realization, “I knew I had to make the change.”

    Episode Highlights:


    Paige’s background in the environmental movement, including what inspired her to go plant-based vegan
    Insights from Paige’s journey from a “frozen food vegan” to someone who loves experimenting in the kitchen
    The importance of educating yourself about food, health and the environment
    How Jane Unchained/Unchained TV is advancing the vegan and plant-based movements through the resources they provide
    Easy ways to swap whole plant-based foods in place of animal products
    Caring for your body holistically, not just through what you eat
    How to minimize the environmental and social impacts of factory farming

    Paige’s passion for the environment, health and animals shows in her words and actions. Through Jane Unchained, Clubhouse and other initiatives, she’s inspiring and encouraging others to get educated about plant-based eating, make the switch away from animal products and take back power for health and wellbeing.

    Hungry for plant-based nerdity and industry insights? Subscribe to The Modern Health Nerd for updates: https://www.modernhealthnerd.com/news/

    About Paige
    Paige’s daughter went vegan at age 13, and Paige joined her 6 months later. Today, she’s committed to bringing environmentally conscious vegan living to the forefront and reports on all the latest animal rights’ aspects, including Animal Save Movement’s vigils, various PETA protests, VegFests, vegan conferences and more.

    She’s an active member of Clubhouse and can be found in numerous rooms throughout the week, contributing her knowledge to the plant-based conversation from a variety of angles and offering tips and encouragement to anyone seeking to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

    Connect with Paige and UnchainedTV

    https://janeunchained.com
    LunchBreakLIVE: https://janeunchained.com/shows/lunchbreak-live/
    https://unchainedtv.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paigeparsonsroache/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paigeparsonsroache
    Clubhouse: @paigepr

    For further watching

    Sam on LunchBreakLIVE: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=608455253681750
    https://nutritionfacts.org
    Cowspiracy
    What the Health


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    • 32 min
    Taste is Key in Whole Food Plant Based with Tyler Mayoras of Cool Beans

    Taste is Key in Whole Food Plant Based with Tyler Mayoras of Cool Beans

    “It’s hard to build a trend if the stuff doesn’t taste good.” ~ Tyler Mayoras, CEO of Cool Beans

    Eating plant based is a journey. For some, it starts with an all-in commitment to eat nothing but whole plant foods. But most of the time, the transition to new eating habits is supported by a range of plant-based products that replace meat, dairy and eggs.

    Tyler Mayoras is helping the next generation of these products come to life through his brand, Cool Beans. With their portable whole-food wraps, Cool Beans is making healthy eating convenient—and delicious.

    Episode highlights:


    Market insights from Expo East 2021, including the increasing number of products made with whole-food ingredients
    Advice for brands that want to launch whole food plant-based products, including categories with the biggest opportunities
    Gaps in the market where plant-based and whole food plant-based entrepreneurs can solve unaddressed consumer pain points
    How to bring out maximum flavor in whole plant foods so that they’re more appealing to customers
    Appealing to families with whole food plant-based options
    Beans as the next generation of plant-based protein
    The need for more nutrition education—particularly plant-based nutrition—in medical schools
    Why clarity is important when communicating the whole food plant-based message to the public

    According to Tyler, it’s all about taste.

    “So many people in the general consumer market are moving toward cleaner and healthier ingredients,” he says. But “it’s hard to build a trend if the stuff doesn’t taste good.”

    By complementing the naturally delicious flavors of vegetables, beans and grains with a range of spices, Cool Beans is proving to consumers that eating whole food plant based can be just as delicious as—or even more delicious than—eating processed plant-based products.

    Hungry for plant-based nerdity and industry insights? Subscribe to The Modern Health Nerd for updates: https://www.modernhealthnerd.com/news/

    About Tyler
    Tyler is the “Cool Executive Officer” of Cool Beans and serves as both an angel investor and mentor to several other plant-based and sustainable brands. He has more than 20 years of experience in private equity investing and consulting with a focus on sustainable food and agriculture. He has personally experienced the benefits of plant-based diets and wants others to join him on the journey.

    Tyler previously appeared on Season 1, Episode 33 of The Modern Health Nerd Podcast. (Check it out if you missed it!)

    Connect with Tyler & Cool Beans

    https://www.eatcoolbeans.com
    Store locator: https://www.eatcoolbeans.com/pages/where-to-buy
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatCoolBeans/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luvcoolbeans
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/eatcoolbeans
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/eatcoolbeans/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylermayoras/
    Join Tyler, Sam and other WFPB enthusiasts every Tuesday at 7PM EST on Club: https://www.clubhouse.com/club/whole-food-plant-bas


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    • 35 min
    Season 2 Trailer: Whole Food Plant Based in the Marketplace and Health

    Season 2 Trailer: Whole Food Plant Based in the Marketplace and Health

    Welcome to season 2 of The Modern Health Nerd Podcast!

    We're spending 10 hyper-focused episodes talking about where whole food plant based fits in the current plant-based marketplace and the role of whole food plant-based diets in health--including the treatment and prevention of disease.

    Join Theresa "Sam" Houghton, Chief Nerd at the Modern Health Nerd, for unique, fascinating interviews and panel discussions throughout the season. Follow the podcast on Spotify, Apple or wherever you love to listen to podcasts to never miss an episode.

    Season 2 launches January 5, 2022!

    To learn how The Modern Health Nerd can help your plant-based or better-for-you CPG/DTC brand discover your ideal audience and create content that resonates, visit https://modernhealthnerd.com.


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    Dr. T. Colin Campbell: Keeping Plant-Based Nutrition Whole for Optimal Health

    Dr. T. Colin Campbell: Keeping Plant-Based Nutrition Whole for Optimal Health

    What if we could break the cycle of disease and premature death just by changing what we eat? Dr. T. Colin Campbell believes it really is that simple.

    After decades of studying nutrition's effects on health and disease, Dr. Campbell is convinced that eating plants in as close to their whole, unrefined forms as possible is the best thing we can do to support optimal health.

    In fact, he's the one who coined the term "whole food plant-based diet!"

    Since first discovering the correlations between plant-based diets and disease reduction, Dr. Campbell has written several books, inclding The China Study, Whole and The Future of Nutrition. He has also appeared in several documentary films, including Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, and PlantPure Nation and has delivered hundreds of evidence-based nutrition lectures around the world.

    In the final episode of Season 1 of The Modern Health Nerd Podcast, we discuss:


    How the common reductionist approach in nutrition and healthcare supports a system designed to make money instead of create health
    How the current food system negatively impacts health, vulnerable populations and the environment
    The research that changed Dr. Campbell's mind about animal protein's role in health
    Dr. Campell's thoughts on the growth of the plant-based and alternative protein movement
    Why eating whole, unrefined plant foods is more powerful than focusing on single nutrients
    Why a holistic view is important when interpreting nutrition research results
    Why policy change, particularly relating to dietary guidelines, is necessary to shift the food system toward one that supports health
    The need for better public nutrition knowledge and civil debates between proponents of differing opinions


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    About Dr. Campbell
    T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for the China Study, Dr. Campbell’s profound impact also includes extensive involvement in education, public policy, and laboratory research.

    Dr. Campbell has received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, and authored over 350 research papers, most published in peer-reviewed science journals.

    Dr. Campbell is also is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

    Connect with Dr. Campbell's Work

    Center for Nutrition Studies: https://nutritionstudies.org
    Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate: https://nutritionstudies.org/courses/plant-based-nutrition/
    Plant Forward Workshop (October 13-November 17, 2021): https://plantforward.nutritionstudies.org/
    Plant Pure Communities: https://plantpurecommunities.org/

    For Further Reading & Watching:

    Dr. Campbell's books: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=T.+Colin+Campbell+PhD
    Forks Over Knives
    Plant Pure Nation
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    • 49 min
    Michael Moss: Uncovering the Secrets of the Trillion-Dollar Food "Cartel"

    Michael Moss: Uncovering the Secrets of the Trillion-Dollar Food "Cartel"

    How much control do we actually have over our food choices? According to Michael Moss, it's not nearly as much as we think.

    Decades of research and reformulation have given the ultra-processed food industry ("Big Food") the upper hand, but we don't have to be victims of manipulation. We can regain control—and Michael Moss provides the ammunition we need in his detailed food system exposés.

    In this episode, we explore:


    How the concept of the "bliss point" has caused sugar to invade nearly every type of product in the grocery store
    How the processed food industry's formulations and marketing tactics to hijack human biology and create addictive eating patterns
    Three main qualities that attract consumers to ultra-processed food
    How the processed food industry insinuated itself into the diet food industry
    How product reformulations can trick consumers into thinking ultra-processed foods are becoming healthier
    Using the processed food industry's own tactics to steer consumers toward healthier food choices
    How it's possible to shift our food preferences simply by building new habits
    Why changing the food system requires a multifaceted approach
    The power of changing the way people value food to consider factors beyond instant gratification

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    About Michael Moss
    Michael Moss is the author of “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” an expose of processed food and #1 New York Times Bestseller published in 2013 by Random House, and “Hooked: Food, Free Will and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions,” a New York Times Bestseller published in 2021.

    He is a former investigative reporter with The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2010 for his work on contaminated meat. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two boys.

    Connect with Michael & Read His Books

    https://mossbooks.us

    For further reading and listening

    Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots, episode #25
    Hank Adams, Rise Gardens, episode #12
    Michael Moss on Chef AJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfUGhvKsEUk


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

Kathleen Gage ,

A show for more than nerds

This show appeals to anyone who wants to hear from men and women from all walks of life on how to live a healthy, plant based lifestyle. Such a nice cross section of guest. Really like Sam's style and the guests she interviews.

Pgh Girl ,

Great news on the plant-based space!

Sam is an excellent interviewer or host and has introduced us to so many great new companies and individuals to keep an eye on. I love the podcast and look forward to each upcoming podcast. I have marathoned them all now because I love learning. Keep up the great work!

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