Sound Bites A Nutrition Podcast podcast

Sound Bites A Nutrition Podcast

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, CDE

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

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    196: The Disease of Obesity & Weight Bias in Healthcare – Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford


    Obesity, Pre-Obesity, Health Disparities and the Importance of Early Treatment An unmet medical need exists in obesity and pre-obesity (overweight). While 80% of healthcare professionals recognize obesity as a “disease” only 65% of patients with obesity recognize its seriousness and only 38% of people with obesity reported discussing a weight loss plan with their healthcare provider within the past six months. Likewise, clinicians report a reluctancy to initiate conversations about weight management due to lack of time during visits and other health issues to address. The truth is this: if weight bias in healthcare, health disparities and access to treatment are addressed there are many credible treatment options available that can help the more than 70% of U.S. adults with overweight and obesity. Tune in to this episode to learn about: Why obesity is a “disease” and how both healthcare professionals and patients need to recognize this in order to maximize treatment Pre-obesity and why language matters in conversations around overweight and obesity Why healthcare providers may be reluctant to initiate conversations about weight with their patients Weight stigma and bias among healthcare professionals and patients themselves Health disparities in overweight and obesity The importance of early treatment, treatment options, and access to these options What patients and healthcare professionals can do to decrease stigma and improve treatment of overweight and obesity Full shownotes and resources at:   
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    195: The Science & Shame of Infant Formula – Dr. Elieke Kearns


    The nutritional complexities of infant formula are overwhelming to parents and deeply tied to feelings of guilt, shame and disappointment. The Centers for Disease Control report that seventy five percent of new parents will turn to formula within the first year of their newborn’s life. Yet two thirds of parents using formula report feeling guilty about that. In addition, there is a growing number of parents who are buying European formulas despite the fact it’s technically illegal to import them into the U.S. Healthcare professionals who work with parents and newborns have a responsibility to help parents feel confident in their choices and their baby’s unique feeding journey. Tune in to this episode to learn about: Statistics on breastfeeding and infant formula The guilt and shame factor associated with infant formula Survey insights about parents not being honest about their feeding choice The science and regulations behind infant formula The breakdown of macronutrients and micronutrients in infant formula compared to breastmilk The trend and risks of importing European formulas Elieke’s story and feeding journey with her son Melissa’s story and feeding journey with her son
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    194: Micronutrients, Microgreens & Smart Gardens – Natalie Paterson


    Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population is not meeting the daily recommended intake for vegetables which is approximately 2-3 cups per day for most adults. Microgreens are young vegetable greens which generally contain greater amounts of health-promoting micronutrients than their mature counterparts. Although they are small, microgreens have delicate textures, distinctive flavors and various nutrients from vitamin A to zinc. Smart gardens are vegetable or herb gardens that are typically small, indoor units controlled by computer and/or manage their own lighting. ingarden is a simple indoor hydroponic smart garden for growing microgreens. Tune in to this episode with guest Natalie Paterson, food science graduate student and co-founder of ingarden, to learn about: what is “hidden hunger” micronutrient requirements and gaps what are microgreens and what nutrients do they provide how microgreens can help fill micronutrient gaps the story and innovation behind ingarden how ingarden works and what makes it unique a discount code for your own ingarden starter set Full shownotes and resources at:
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    193: A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Food, Nutrition & Farming – Dr. Nicole Keller


    Pediatricians are faced with many challenges when it comes to educating families about food and nutrition. They have high patient loads and limited time during visits which are often packed with a multitude of questions and concerns from parents and families. In addition, there may be limited options for referring patients to dietitians – especially in rural communities - and some patients aren’t interested in visiting with a dietitian or have limited resources such as time and insurance coverage. Tune in to this episode with guest Dr. Nicole Keller, a pediatrician married to a farmer, to learn about: what pediatricians are taught about nutrition during medical school what Nicole learned about food and farming when she met her husband, a 5th generation family farmer questions and concerns about food, nutrition and farming that Nicole gets from her patients where Nicole gets information about nutrition to share with her patients what information and resources the American Academy of Pediatrics provides members how pediatricians and dietitians can work together why messages matter when educating families about nutrition what doctors want dietitians to know about their work common misperceptions about food and farming what farmers want dietitians and the public to know about the business and practice of farming Full shownotes and resources at: 
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    192: Nutrition for Ballet Dancers: Challenges & Opportunities – Dr. Nasira Burkholder-Cooley


    Good nutrition is essential for dancers to achieve desired body composition, ensure adequate energy to support growth, and optimize training. Successful dancers learn to view food as fuel, avoid dieting, and have sustained energy to power through class and performance. Dancers tend to under-eat and neglect long-term health, which compromises performance and contributes to injury. Pursuing a successful dance profession should not inflict chronic pain, perpetual stress, or diet confusion. Quality nutrition improves every aspect of dance training and performance, including physical strength and endurance, balance, flexibility, mental clarity and memory, emotional stability, and self-confidence. Nutrition needs are very individualized, so it is important that dancers seek specific dietary advice from a Registered Dietitian for dancers regarding calorie and protein needs. Tune in to this episode to learn about: the unique nutritional needs of dancers and other performance athletes guidelines on macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration and snacks the realities of restricting intake during growth and puberty tips for fueling for performance as well as nutrition needs during injury recovery the importance of focusing on gaining strength and skill rather than focusing on body composition or ideal body weight insight into mental health, emotional eating, disordered eating and eating disorders how parents and teachers can be more involved and aware of red flags for disordered eating and body image issues Nasira’s story from ballerina to dietitian Melissa’s story attending a performing arts high school Full shownotes and resources at:  
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    191: Smart Snacking for Heart Health - Patricia Bannan


    Science continues to show that avocados are a heart-healthy fruit, and their 5 grams of monounsaturated fats per serving may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, which can lower the risk for heart disease and stroke. In this episode we continue to build on the knowledge that avocados are heart healthy and share strategies for people to put this science to action, specifically how fresh avocados can be part of a nutrient-dense snacking strategy that may support heart health. Tune in to this podcast with guest Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN to learn about: the latest research demonstrating the role of fresh avocados to support heart health practical and actionable ways to incorporate heart healthy avocados into nutrient dense snacks how to pick, prepare and safely store fresh avocados RDNs, DTRs, and CDCESs can earn 1.0 FREE CEU for listening to this podcast episode. This episode is sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®  For more information and resources visit:
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    190: Interval Weight Loss: Fighting the Biology to Regain Weight – Dr. Nick Fuller


    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. They set a caloric restriction and develop a set of arbitrary rules to create a fear of, or restriction of, certain foods to ensure you consume less. But whenever you restrict the number of calories you eat, powerful biological forces come into play to fight the resulting weight loss that causes you to regain the weight you lost, plus a little extra. Despite the hype associated with diets, very few people succeed on their weight loss journey long-term. Tune in to this episode with obesity researcher and clinician Dr. Nick Fuller to learn about: Key drivers of the obesity epidemic The reasons we fail on our dieting attempts The effect of weight loss on an individual’s physiology The eight well-researched biological protections that are triggered during weight loss How to overcome the body’s usual response to weight loss Six principles of interval weight loss Full shownotes and resources at:
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    189: Added Sugars & Sugar Substitutes: Weight, Glucose & Gut Health – Dr. John Sievenpiper & Hope Warshaw


    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 consumption of added sugars? Tune in to this episode to learn about: Current added sugars intake and recommendations Top sources of added sugars Americans consume Common myths associated with low- and no-calorie sweeteners Recent science on hot button topics related to low- and no-calorie sweeteners, such as weight control, glucose management and gut health The definition of Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI), how it is used in research and to assess safe consumption of low- and no-calorie sweeteners Insights regarding study design and methodology, confounding factors and reverse causality in research on low- and no-calorie sweeteners Differences between foods and beverages made with low- and no-calorie sweeteners Practical takeaways for understanding, interpreting and communicating the science around low- and no-calorie sweeteners Resources including links to research studies and scientific summaries on low- and no-calorie sweeteners This episode is sponsored by Heartland Food Products Group. Full shownotes and resources at:
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    188: Are We Eating Too Much Meat? – Dr. Shalene McNeill


    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 meat at the grocery store and the most common ways people consume meat on a regular basis? As the plant-based trend continues to grow, are consumers looking to replace meat in the diet with plant proteins or can meat and plants coexist in a healthful way on our plates?  Tune into this podcast episode to learn about: How much meat Americans are actually eating Consumer insights on beef and health Media stereotypes vs. ways that people are really eating beef Plant-based diets and plant-based burgers What research shows about beef in a Mediterranean Diet What the 2020 Dietary Guidelines says about beef intake for specific life stages and populations Sustainability and the environment Nutrient profile of beef and lean cuts available Tips and recipes to pair beef with plant foods more often Resources for more information on research, recipes and ranching This podcast episode is a collaboration between Sound Bites® and Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner®., a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, and we thank them for their sponsorship and support of the podcast. Full shownotes and resources at:
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    187: The Best Foods for Brain Health – Dr. Mickey Rubin and Kitty Broihier


    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 podcast episode with guests Dr. Mickey Rubin and dietitian Kitty Broihier to learn about: Why brain health is important at any age How diet is related to brain health What’s good for the heart is good for the brain What the MIND Diet is and what foods are encouraged What the research shows about wild blueberries and brain health What the research shows about eggs and cognition Tips for grocery shopping and stocking up on foods that support brain health Tips for cooking and incorporating foods that support brain health into your diet The difference between wild and cultivated blueberries Other lifestyle strategies beyond diet for brain health How to get the free Cognition Kitchen Guide, recipes and other resources This episode is a partnership with the Egg Nutrition Center and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. Full shownotes and resources at:

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