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Thinking Nutrition is all about presenting the latest nutrition research in plain language and then translating this into what it means for your health. Dr Tim Crowe is a career nutrition research scientist and an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. Tim has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the university and public health sectors, covering areas of basic laboratory research, clinical nutrition trials and public health nutrition. He now works chiefly as a freelance health and medical writer and science communicator.

Thinking Nutrition Dr Tim Crowe

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Thinking Nutrition is all about presenting the latest nutrition research in plain language and then translating this into what it means for your health. Dr Tim Crowe is a career nutrition research scientist and an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. Tim has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the university and public health sectors, covering areas of basic laboratory research, clinical nutrition trials and public health nutrition. He now works chiefly as a freelance health and medical writer and science communicator.

    ‘Eat the rainbow’ really is good health advice

    ‘Eat the rainbow’ really is good health advice

    Advice to ‘eat the rainbow’ has been circulating in the nutrition sphere for some time. And no, it is not a call to action to get more Skittles in your life. Instead, it is all about choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables primarily based on their colour. Red, blue, orange, purple, yellow and green are the important colours here. And those colours occur because of the presence of a family of different polyphenol and other phytonutrient and other phytonutrients naturally found in foods. It is those coloured pigments that could explain many of the health benefits from eating these foods on your longevity, body weight, blood lipids and risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In this podcast episode, I’ll explore the science behind ‘eating the rainbow’.
    Links referred to in the podcast
    Review of colourful pigments in fruits and vegetables and health https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/27/13/4061/htmEpisode transcript
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    • 7 min
    Turning up the heat on chillies and their health benefits

    Turning up the heat on chillies and their health benefits

    If variety is the spice of life, then for some, a hot chilli dish is the ultimate way to add spice to life. But outside of the Mexican fiesta party happening inside your mouth and the waterworks from your sweat glands, could there be some benefits for your health? It's time to turn up the heat on chillies as I look at the science and health benefits linked to eating them.
    Links referred to in the podcast
    Effects of capsaicinoids supplementation on metabolic syndrome https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-77983-2Effect of capsaicinoids on sports performance https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/ijspp/16/4/article-p464.xmlEpisode transcript
    To access the full episode transcript, go to the following link and select the individual podcast episode and then click on the ‘Transcript’ tab https://thinkingnutrition.buzzsprout.com
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    • 9 min
    Will BCAAs give you the muscle gainz?

    Will BCAAs give you the muscle gainz?

    Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a popular sports supplement with bodybuilders and athletes. But you don’t need to look for them in a bottle as our diet naturally contains them as part of the amino acid building blocks of protein. With claims of increased muscle protein synthesis, decreased muscle protein breakdown, enhanced endurance and less muscle soreness, they seem to be an essential supplement that no athlete can do without. In this episode, I’ll look at those claims and explore the evidence. TL;DR – save your money on BCAA supplements and just eat a variety of high-protein foods which is what athletes pretty much do already.

    Links referred to in the podcast
    AIS fact sheet on BCAAs https://www.ais.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/1000417/36182_Supplements-fact-sheets_BCAA-v4.pdfEpisode transcript
    To access the full episode transcript, go to the following link and select the individual podcast episode and then click on the ‘Transcript’ tab https://thinkingnutrition.buzzsprout.com
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    • 9 min
    How the Mediterranean diet benefits mental health

    How the Mediterranean diet benefits mental health

    Counselling and medication gain most of the treatment attention for depression, but the promise of dietary changes to help to improve the outlook of people with depression and other common conditions such as anxiety is gaining traction. Welcome to the rapidly moving world of nutritional psychiatry which is uncovering key links between diet and mental health. And one such dietary pattern, the Mediterranean diet, is now building a research base behind it to support a change to the dietary themes this diet promotes to help improve mental health. And that’s what I’ll be exploring more about in this podcast episode.
    Links referred to in the podcast
    SMILES trial https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-017-0791-yEffect of a Mediterranean diet with fish oil on depression https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29215971Effect of a Mediterranean diet on depression in young men https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35441666Episode transcript
    To access the full episode transcript, go to the following link and select the individual podcast episode and then click on the ‘Transcript’ tab https://thinkingnutrition.buzzsprout.com
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    • 15 min
    How beetroot juice lowers blood pressure and improves sports performance

    How beetroot juice lowers blood pressure and improves sports performance

    Nitrates are inorganic compounds found in many vegetables such as spinach, celery, radishes, and lettuce, but beetroot is one of the highest sources. Nitrate contributes to the production of nitric oxide, which has an important role to play in immune function as well as regulating the tone of blood vessels which impacts blood pressure. In this podcast, I look at the evidence for using nitrate-rich beetroot juice to treat high blood pressure as well as its role as a supplement to improve athletic performance.
    Links referred to in the podcast
    Nitrates from beetroot juice and effect on hypertension https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35369064IOC consensus statement on dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/7/439Episode transcript
    To access the full episode transcript, go to the following link and select the individual podcast episode and then click on the ‘Transcript’ tab https://thinkingnutrition.buzzsprout.com
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    Twitter: CroweTim

    • 11 min
    Managing IBS with the low-FODMAP diet and probiotics

    Managing IBS with the low-FODMAP diet and probiotics

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. With no one single identified trigger or treatment, IBS can be a minefield for a person to try and get on top of. Diet changes are one area that can have a positive impact on IBS and in this podcast, I’ll look at the current evidence for different approaches with a focus on the popular low-FODMAP diet as well as probiotic supplements.
    Links referred to in the podcast
    Low-FODMAP diet and IBS review 2018 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30046155Low-FODMAP diet and probiotics in IBS review 2022 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35355730Episode transcript
    To access the full episode transcript, go to the following link and select the individual podcast episode and then click on the ‘Transcript’ tab https://thinkingnutrition.buzzsprout.com 
    Connect with me
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    Facebook: Thinking Nutrition
    Twitter: CroweTim

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

十日十人遇 ,

Love this show!

Audience here in China!
I have always been fanatic about nutrition but find few shows that are really evidenced-based and scientifically well explained. I love how this show relates each piece of the information to sound academically peered reviewed research.

Each episode is very specific and focuses on its main topic. The length of each one is perfect for listener to grab the theme and not be overwhelmed. Also suitable for binge listening 🥳

Kateedoyle ,

Quick, evidence based nutrition podcast

Dr Tim Crowe was my professor during my nutrition degree and am so glad to find this podcast - short and sweet and evidence based, very balanced perspective too!

J Fishtail ,

What a gift!

Finally a short and sweet, evidenced based nutrition podcast! Appreciate all the good work from an RD in Seattle.

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