Science-Based Briefs

The Role of Sweeteners in Weight Management

With a variety of sweeteners being widely present in foods, the role of non-nutritive sweeteners in weight management has been a controversial topic and point of research in recent years. It’s no secret that sweeteners typically contain calories and are used to enhance the flavor and sometimes...

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Modernization of Research: Precision Nutrition

What is the best way to eat to stay healthy? This is a difficult question to answer. Studies show that individuals have profound differences in response to eating patterns and risk for disease. ¹ The 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research ² details a multidimensional approach...

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Uncovering the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The year wouldn’t have been complete without the release of the much-anticipated 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The purpose of the guidelines is to promote health and help prevent chronic disease. The guidelines recognize that diet-related chronic diseases, including...

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Powering Up with Protein Powder

With many types of protein powders available, including whey, pea, brown rice and collagen, it’s important to understand the science-backed benefits of each in order to ensure one is adequately meeting their nutritional needs and able to make a well-informed decision about which protein powder...

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The Impact of Diet on the Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome is made up of trillions of different microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Both symbiotic and pathogenic microbiota coexist in healthy individuals; however an upset in this balance due to infection, prolonged antibiotic use or certain diets can make...

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The Role of Nutrition in Immunity

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has put a spotlight on the critical role of nutrition in supporting immune health. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that “while no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune...

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Nutrition and Childhood Food Allergies

Food allergies in children are steadily on the rise, affecting approximately 1 in 13 children, or about two students in every classroom.¹ While the cause of this increase is unclear, nutrition plays a key role in preventing or minimizing allergies in children. More than 170 foods have been...

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Exploring the Role of Prebiotics, Probiotics, & Postbiotics

In recent years, the gut microbiota has become a focal point of modern research and a ubiquitous topic of scientific and popular interest. The gut microbiota is the complex and dynamic population of microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where it is suggested that about 70-80%...

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Medical Nutrition Therapy for Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a complex medical condition characterized by delayed gastric emptying of solid food in the absence of a mechanical obstruction of the stomach. Nausea, vomiting, early satiety, postprandial fullness, acid reflux, weight loss, and abdominal pain are common signs and symptoms of...

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The Role of Nutrition and Exercise in Sarcopenia Prevention

Sarcopenia, the progressive loss of muscle mass, strength, and functioning related to aging, is one of the most common conditions in the elderly with a high rate of adverse outcomes. Considered to be an underrecognized, chronic healthcare challenge, sarcopenia is associated with increased...

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