NUTRITION CONVERSATIONS

The Podcasts from the Canadian Nutrition Society/la Société canadienne de nutrition (CNS/SCN) feature evidence-based information from healthcare providers and subject matter experts.
*New episodes are released at the end of each month


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Season 2, Episode 1

Eggs: Let’s Get Cracking with Dr. Jim House

Original Air Date: January 31, 2024

In 2023, Manitoba opened Canada's first public facility for egg research, education and training. Eggs are a low-cost and nutrient-dense whole food that is an important source of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and choline. Egg consumption has regained global popularity in recent years as they are recommended as a healthy component of diets when consumed in moderation. Dr. Jim House is a Professor in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba and has served as Past-President of the CNS, is a CNS Fellow, and recently awarded the Manitoba Strategic Research Chair in Sustainable Protein with the mandate to lead strategic research priorities attracting investment in the Manitoba protein sector for long-term economic growth. In this episode, Dr. House discusses the nutritional profile of eggs, their role on our health, and the new facilities for egg research at the University of Manitoba.  

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Season 1, Episode 11

Nutrition: The Pillar of Sports Performance, with a Focus on Sports Supplements with Dr. Mojtaba Kaviani

Original Air Date: December 22, 2023

Sports Supplements are Natural Health Products, such as plant extracts, sports drinks, protein powders, sports bars, fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals, that are frequently used by many athletes worldwide to enhance sport performance and recovery. According to recent data, the global sports nutrition market and supplements was valued at about 27 billion U.S. dollars in 2022, and expected to increase in value to over 37 billion U.S. dollars by 2027. Dr. Mojtaba Kaviani is an Associate Professor in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). He is also the lead of the sports nutrition group providing nutritional support to all Acadia University varsity teams. His research focuses on the effect of nutrients and food components alone or in combination with physical activity on whole body physiology and health status as well as sport performance in athletes. Dr. Kaviani also investigates the effects of sport and dietary supplements on health and performance outcomes and has no conflicts of interest to declare. In this episode, Dr. Kaviani discusses the role of dietary and sports supplements and nutritional interventions in enhancing athletic performance and overall health.

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Season 1, Episode 10

Nurturing young minds and beyond: The omega-3 connection with Dr. Richard Bazinet

Original Air Date: November 30, 2023

About half the brain is composed of lipids and approximately one tenth is the omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid, also known as DHA. Omega-3 fatty acids and DHA have an important role to play in the function and part of a healthy brain. Dr. Richard Bazinet is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, Acting Department Chair and Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism. Dr. Bazinet and his team are currently taking a kinetic and biochemical approach to studying the mechanisms by which dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids regulate the metabolism of arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids within brain phospholipids. He is also former President of the International Society Association for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Oil Chemists’ Society as well as the French Society for the Study of Lipids. In this episode, Dr. Bazinet will discuss the role of DHA in the developing brain and its impact across the rest of our lifespan and life stages. This podcast is supported by Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition.

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Season 1, Episode 9

Back to the Bone: Nutrition and Osteoporosis Unraveled with Dr. Wendy Ward

Original Air Date: October 30, 2023

According to our most recent data, 2.3 million Canadians aged 40+ are living with diagnosed osteoporosis. Foods and food components help support bone health throughout the lifespan. Dr. Wendy Ward is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Brock University. She is passionate about understanding how foods and food bioactives modulate a healthy skeleton throughout the lifespan along with supporting organizations that advocate for bone health. Dr. Ward is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism and holds other leadership positions within Osteoporosis Canada and the Canadian Nutrition Society. She is actively involved in continuing education for health professionals and community education activities on topics about nutrition and health. In this episode, Dr. Ward will address the role of nutrition for supporting a strong skeleton and the connection with osteoporosis.

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Season 1, Episode 8

Addressing Malnutrition- Stronger Together with Professor Heather Keller

Original Air Date: August 29, 2023

Malnutrition in Canada is an overlooked health issue that can have a huge impact on individuals and the health care system. Professor Heather Keller is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging and a Professor at the University of Waterloo and a founding member of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, also known as CMTF. She is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric nutrition, assessment, and treatment and her interests include translating research into practice and advocating for improvements in nutrition care across multiple health care settings. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation & implementation projects. She has published more than 275 peer-reviewed articles and translates much of this evidence into practice with tools and resources. In this episode, Professor Heather Keller will address the role of malnutrition on health, its impact on the healthcare system, and the key initiatives of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force.

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Season 1, Episode 7

L'intelligence artificielle dans la recherche en nutrition? Entre promesses et réalité avec Dr Benoît Lamarche / Artificial Intelligence in Nutrition Research? Between Promises and Reality with Dr. Benoît Lamarche

Original Air Date: August 24, 2023

L'intelligence artificielle (IA) est un domaine en pleine évolution qui offre des possibilités inégalées de progrès et d'applications dans de nombreux domaines de la santé, y compris la nutrition. Le Dr Benoît Lamarche est professeur titulaire à l'École de nutrition de l'Université Laval et directeur scientifique du Centre de recherche sur la nutrition, la santé et la société (NUTRISS), financé par le FRQS. Il a publié plus de 425 articles évalués par des pairs sur des questions physiologiques, cliniques, épidémiologiques et de santé publique liées à l'alimentation et à la santé. Dans cet épisode, Dr Lamarche présentera de nouvelles perspectives sur le rôle de l'intelligence artificielle dans la recherche en nutrition. Veuillez noter que ce podcast est enregistré en français; cependant, vous pouvez voir le script en anglais. / Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly evolving field that offers unparalleled opportunities for progress and applications in many areas of health, including nutrition. Dr. Benoît Lamarche is a Professor at the School of Nutrition at Université Laval and Scientific Director of the FRQS-funded Centre de recherche sur la nutrition, la santé et la société (NUTRISS). He has published over 425 peer-reviewed articles on physiological, clinical, epidemiological and public health issues related to diet and health. In this episode, Dr. Lamarche will provide some new perspectives on the role of artificial intelligence in nutrition research. Please note that this podcast has been recorded in French; however, you may view the script in English. For an English Transcript visit: https://mcusercontent.com/8cd2c309ad23618d521742c2e/files/a65a08bb-bcc4-515c-66b5-80e2362f1265/Episode_7_Transcript.pdf

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Season 1, Episode 6

Unpacking Canada’s Move Against Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children with Dr. Mavra Ahmed

Original Air Date: July 31, 2023

With the increase in the use of digital devices also comes with the harmful impact of digital marketing for unhealthy food and beverage products, particularly to children, affecting their attitudes, habits, dietary intakes, and health. Dr. Mavra Ahmed is a Research Fellow in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and at the Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. Her research on the food and nutrition policy initiatives at the population level has contributed to improvements in the Canadian food environment. She is also passionate about developing equitable population level interventions to enable healthier dietary decision-making. She also teaches an excellent and newly developed course on public health nutrition and food policy at York University. In this episode, Dr. Ahmed will discuss restriction of marketing unhealthy foods to children.

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Season 1, Episode 5

Carving out your Career Path: Lessons Learned

Original Air Date: June 02, 2023

One of the biggest challenges that students face in their training is figuring out what path to take, what skills to obtain, and how to get started on their career journey. Megan Nechanicky, RD, MSc is the Nutrition Manager for North America Retail and Global Health & Wellness communications at General Mills, providing strategic direction for business and R&D partners related to health and wellness. Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier, PhD, RD is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université Laval and researcher in the Centre Nutrition, Santé et Société (NUTRISS) focusing on the prevention and management of cardiometabolic diseases with diet and medication. Shirin Panahi, PhD is the Scientific Director at the Canadian Nutrition Society where she provides scientific leadership, guidance for programs and educational initiatives and is adjunct professor at Université Laval focusing on the role of diet and its components in the prevention and management of obesity. William Yan, PhD is a Scientist Emeritus from Health Canada where he was Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate and led several high profile ministerial priorities under the Healthy Eating Strategy. Dr. Yan has also been an adjunct and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa for over 25 years. In this episode, these panelists, from major career areas in nutrition, discuss the invaluable lessons they have learned during their inspiring career paths, exploring the intersections of nutrition, research, and personal growth. This podcast is supported by the CIHR INMD Training and Support Grant.

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Season 1, Episode 4

Understanding eating behaviours to promote healthy eating, metabolic health and body weight management with Dr. Vicky Drapeau

Original Air Date: April 28, 2023

WHAT we eat and HOW we eat includes determinants such as the environment and genetics, which influence appetite and body weight control, metabolic health and eating behaviours in children and adults. Dr. Vicky Drapeau is a professor in the Département d’éducation physique at Université Laval, a dietitian, co-founder and co-ordinator of the Clinique de nutrition and Scientific Director of the sustainable health consultation committee at the university. Dr. Drapeau’s current research is supported by CIHR, SSHRC, and Dairy Farmers of Canada. In this episode, Dr. Drapeau will discuss the role of certain foods in body weight management, metabolic health, and eating behaviours. This podcast is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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Season 1, Episode 3

New perspectives on the role of dairy in type 2 diabetes with Dr. Anthony Hanley

Original Air Date: April 11, 2023

Roughly 90% of Canadians with diabetes are living with type 2 diabetes. There is growing evidence suggesting a protective role of dairy products in diabetes risk. Dr. Anthony Hanley is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, and a Scientist at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Dr. Hanley’s research is supported by Diabetes Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and the University of Toronto Banting and Best Diabetes Centre. In this episode, Dr. Hanley will discuss his perspectives on the role of dairy in type 2 diabetes. This podcast is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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