Episodes
The topic of food packaging is broad and complex, ranging from materials, functionality and sustainability to innovations, labeling and health claims. Tune into this episode with global R&D leader Dr. David Smith to learn about: Challenges and opportunities in food packaging The pros and cons of different food packaging materials The role of packaging in shelf life, decreasing food waste and other functions Packaging design to minimize waste, reducing “overpackaging” How packaging...
Published 09/27/22
Published 09/27/22
By the time dinnertime arrives, most of us are already experiencing a long day’s worth of decision fatigue. And if you’re like me, you’re always looking for that simple, yummy and healthy “go-to” recipe that will satisfy every family member and yet not require too much time in the kitchen or too many dishes to wash. Look no further because my friend, registered dietitian and author Jen Haugen, has solved the dinnertime dilemma for good with her new book “Dinner, Done!” I like to call this a...
Published 09/13/22
It’s no secret that body image and self esteem are closely related and that many women (and men) feel dissatisfied with their body shape, size and/or weight. A person’s relationship with their body and with food can have a significant impact on quality of life. Body image disorders, eating disorders and disordered eating are too often the result of body dissatisfaction and chronic dieting. Tune in to this episode with guest Ilene Leshinsky, MSW, to learn about: the history and trends in...
Published 08/30/22
Micronutrient deficiencies are widespread globally, and not just in low- and middle-income countries. This is especially the case in population groups with increased needs and where diets are often inadequate in iron, zinc, folate, vitamin A, calcium, and vitamin B12. Current research is focusing on understanding the density of these micronutrients and their bioavailability across diverse foods. Tune in to this episode to learn about: how micronutrient deficiencies exist in every country...
Published 08/23/22
We often hear that dietary fat is bad for us, that there are good fats and bad fats, and that the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fats in our diets is important. However, current research on the topic is more complex and nuanced. This episode addresses questions regarding how much fat Americans are consuming, what fat intake requirements and recommendations are and the current research on omega 6 polyunsaturated fats and health outcomes. Tune in to this episode to learn about: Omega 3 vs...
Published 08/10/22
Tune in to this episode to learn about: the many factors contributing to rising food prices trends in shopping habits tips for shopping healthy on a budget what consumers and retailers can do to decrease food waste meal planning and preparation resources how retailers are responding to consumer interest in health and wellness the role of the dietitian in the grocery store setting Full shownotes and resources at: https://soundbitesrd.com/217
Published 07/25/22
The consumer mindset around health and wellness has shifted and expanded with consumers focusing more on preventative measures instead of reactionary approaches to support overall well-being. These changes in attitudes and behaviors provide an opportunity to explore the concept of satisfaction from eating, including the role of satiety and our emotional responses, as well as the impact on one’s relationship with food, body and overall health.  Tune in to this episode with guest Andrea...
Published 07/11/22
Through the Protein PACT, the North American Meat Institute and partners across the supply chain are uniting in the largest-ever effort to strengthen animal protein’s contributions to the people, animals and climate of tomorrow. Committed to improving the sustainability of meat and poultry (including sustainable animal feed, corn and soy), the PACT has five focus areas: environment, health and wellness, animal welfare, labor and human rights, and food safety. Tune in to this episode to learn...
Published 07/06/22
The topic of sweet taste and the relationship to diet and health is one that has been of interest to food and nutrition scientists for many years. To assist in reducing sugar consumption, some authoritative bodies currently recommend reducing the consumption of sweet-tasting foods and beverages, regardless of the source of the sweet taste (i.e., caloric or low-calorie sweeteners). These recommendations stem from concerns that human attraction to sweetness may be a potential risk for...
Published 06/21/22
Nearly twenty percent of adults (or 50 million) experienced a mental illness in 2019. One in four adults with a mental illness report an unmet need for treatment, and this number has not declined since 2011. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in American affecting 42.5 million U.S. adults, with major depression affecting 21 million U.S. adults. In addition, sleep is closely linked to mental and emotional health and has demonstrated connections to depression, anxiety and...
Published 06/08/22
Researchers continue to explore and build on existing knowledge regarding the role of the gut microbiome and food choices in the pathophysiology and management of numerous chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and even mental health disorders. This episode addresses the impact of food choices in shaping the gut microbiome, including what nutrients feed the gut microbiome, and the current science on the gut microbiome’s impact on...
Published 05/18/22
Changing the Dialogue Around Science From research related to COVID-19 to more sustainable foods, scientists are developing amazing new ways to build and support a healthier planet. But if the vast majority of the world’s population cannot access and benefit from these incredible innovations, their value is limited. Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, the head of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, tells us that the distribution of scientific progress is the social justice issue of our age....
Published 05/04/22
All parents want what is best for their child and that includes growing up strong, healthy, and enjoying a wide variety of foods. However, children may go through a period of “picky eating” which can start at any age, but it is most common in toddlers. The introduction of new tastes, textures, smells and temperatures can be frightening to a child. It’s important to provide parents with strategies and reassurance that picky eating is part of normal development. It’s also important for health...
Published 04/21/22
Tackling Wellness One Step at a Time: Interconnectedness of Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep & Social Connection According to the CDC, about 80 percent of deaths from premature heart disease and stroke are preventable with lifestyle changes. When Ohio-based cardiologist Dr. David Sabgir had the realization that only 5 percent of his patients were meeting physical activity recommendations and he wasn’t enacting meaningful behavior change, he decided to change his approach. Listen in for an...
Published 04/07/22
There is a difference between animal welfare and animal rights. The term “animal welfare” refers to an animal’s current state of being, including whether the animal is healthy, calm and well-nourished. In contrast, the idea of “animal rights” is that animals should enjoy rights analogous to those we have as humans – including that they should not be used for food, regardless of how well they are cared for. Tune in to this episode with guest Hannah Thompson-Weeman to learn about: The many...
Published 03/29/22
History, Consumption & Dietary Guidance on Sugar, Sugars and Added Sugars “Despite claims and concerns that we are eating more sugar than ever before, consumption of added sugars is actually on a 30% decline in the last 20 years. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugars to less than 10% of calories per day, and we’re at 12.9% right now. Back in 1910 we were at 11% - probably because of all the various functions that sugar has in food beyond...
Published 03/16/22
Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating & Dysfunctional Eating Behaviors When you hear the words “eating disorder” most people get an image in their mind of what that means and what that “looks” like. Unfortunately, that can lead to many missed opportunities to help people. If we use different terminology, such as disordered eating or dysfunctional eating behaviors, we can appreciate the fact that anyone who eats can have problematic eating behaviors. They don’t even have to rise to the...
Published 03/08/22
The term ultra-processed foods (UPF) has been increasingly cited in the media and social media, and there’s also been a dramatic increase in research on UPF in the past few years. But what are ultra-processed foods? Are they contributing to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease? Are we eating more of them than ever before? How can we better understand the complexity of this topic and better evaluate the health and nutrition aspects of these foods? Tune in to this episode...
Published 02/22/22
Emotions often inform and influence the attitudes and beliefs people have about many foods, beverages and ingredients. Findings from a recent study suggest that in order for negative perceptions to shift, dietitians and other healthcare professionals must use both rational and emotional appeals to encourage people to reconsider what they truly know.  Tune in to this episode with guests Dr. Jason Riis and Dr. Brandon McFadden to learn about: How we think about food and make food-related...
Published 02/16/22
Protein may be the most popular yet most controversial of all macronutrients. From Paleo to Plant-Based Diets, consumers are confused. Emerging research is examining the differences in protein metabolism for adults versus children and the factors that impact protein turnover including protein quantity and quality, bioavailability, meal distribution and exercise. Tune in to this episode with guest Dr. Donald Layman to learn about: Current research on protein needs across the lifespan...
Published 02/02/22
Tune in to hear what's new on the podcast this year including bonus content in the episode outtros, a revival of Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner, transcripts in the shownotes, and specific topics and guests requested by listeners! https://soundbitesrd.com/podcast 
Published 01/27/22
The physiological impacts of eating carbohydrate-containing foods are much more complex and individualized compared to dietary protein and fat; yet, there is still no globally accepted way to define ‘carbohydrate quality’. While some researchers often rely on the Glycemic Index as a leading marker for the quality of carbohydrate-containing foods, the research does not align with this approach. In fact, published studies continue to question the variability, reliability, and utility of the...
Published 01/19/22
Feeding America estimates that 45 million people (1 in 7), including 15 million children (1 in 5), may have experienced food insecurity in 2020. Increasing rates of food insecurity pose additional challenges for people living with special dietary needs such as food allergies and intolerances because of poor access to suitable foods. Tune in to this episode to learn about: the difference between “hunger” and “food insecurity” the meaning behind “food related quality of life” food insecurity...
Published 01/06/22
The Science & Story Behind Kefir Kefir originated in the Caucasus Mountains region where Julie Smolyansky’s ancestors lived. When her family left the Soviet Union in 1976 they were refugees and immigrated to Chicago. A couple of years later, Julie’s mother opened the first Russian deli in Rogers Park. In 1985 while attending a trade show in Germany, Julie’s father bought some kefir and realized that the delicious dairy beverage was not available in the United States. The rest is...
Published 12/28/21