Nutrition Conversations

by The Canadian Nutrition Society

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.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Breaking Barriers: Gender Equity in Clinical Nutrition with Dr. Leah Gramlich and Dr. Carla Prado

    Breaking Barriers: Gender Equity in Clinical Nutrition with Dr. Leah Gramlich and Dr. Carla Prado

    On March 8, 2024 we celebrated International Women’s Day where the theme was to “Inspire Inclusion”. Over the past 20 years, studies have shown persistent gaps in gender representation at the top levels of parenteral and enteral nutrition societies. Why does this matter? It's not just about numbers; it's about equality, opportunity, and the ability for all voices to be heard. Dr. Carla Prado is a Professor and Registered Dietitian at the University of Alberta, and a Campus Alberta Innovates Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit and expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. Dr. Prado is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and has received the title of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100. She is also a Clarivate™ Highly Cited researcher. Dr. Leah Gramlich is a gastroenterologist and physician nutrition specialist who works at patient, provider and systems levels to understand and enhance the impact of diet and activity strategies to improve health and reduce disease at the University of Alberta. She is the Founding President of the Canadian Nutrition Society and a CNS Fellow, an honour bestowed upon a CNS member by their peers in recognition for outstanding contributions to nutrition science and/or practice. In this episode, Dr. Gramlich and Dr. Prado will discuss sex disparities in parenteral and enteral nutrition societies and gender equity in clinical nutrition.

  • Getting to the Science of the Top Nutrition Trends of 2024 with Nishta Saxena, MSc, RD

    Getting to the Science of the Top Nutrition Trends of 2024 with Nishta Saxena, MSc, RD

    With each passing year, our understanding of nutrition evolves, driven by scientific research, cultural shifts, and changing consumer preferences. As we enter 2024, we find ourselves at the forefront of a nutritional revolution, where sustainability, personalization, and mindful eating take center stage. Nishta Saxena is a Registered Dietitian and founder of Vibrant Nutrition, a full-service clinical nutrition and nutrition education practice. She is also a proud mother of two, living the strategies she preaches to families across the globe. Her years of specialty expertise in paediatrics and family dynamic nutrition has positioned her as an authority in paediatric nutrition and feeding issues. She is also known as a “nutrition myth-buster,” promoting evidence-based nutrition rather than diet trends. Nishta regularly appears on CTV as a nutrition health expert and shares her expertise on her Instagram page @nishtasaxenard. In this episode, Nishta discusses what nutrition topics are trending, how nutrition pop culture and trends drive science and how people are trying to incorporate these in their own lives.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

  • Nurturing young minds and beyond: The Omega-3 connection

    Nurturing young minds and beyond: The Omega-3 connection

    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.