Celebrate National Nutrition Month with the Many Facets of Food

Source: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

This month, The Sprout looks at all the ways nutritionists, scientists, and dietitians interact with food. We explore what it’s like to work as a food scientist, how Tufts’ own Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging is learning to prevent cataracts through nutrition, and how YOU can warm up in the mornings with a healthy breakfast.

Cailin Kowalewski reveals that March is National Nutrition Month, but no one seems to know! Is there a reason this opportunity to inform the public about healthy eating is so underutilized?

Katie Mark continues her exploration into the high-fat (and highly trendy) ketogenic diet; many claim it can reverse metabolic syndrome, yet Katie discusses how this low-carb protocol can actually raise your body’s level of stress hormone. Mireille Najjar keeps us healthy this month with 10 excellent breakfast ideas you can use to get your day off to a running start.

If you’re interested in science, you’ll be excited to read all about Disha Gandhi’s experience as a food scientist with Wrigley (yes, the gum company). Or, check out the discoveries made at Tufts Nutrition and Vision lab in preventing cataracts through proper diet, written by Nusheen Orandi.  

If pseudoscience is more to your taste, then head over Katherine Pett’s review of the new bestselling diet bookThe Food Babe Way by the notorious Vani Hari.

There’s even more going on at Friedman now that spring is on its way, including opportunities to engage with student research as part of the Student Research Conference or to join Tufts’ multicultural food movement with the World PEAS CSA. These articles, by Matt Moore and Buki Owoputi, respectively will motivate you to get involved!

For readers all across the country, this winter has been a tough one and may have put a damper on your exercise commitments. Fear not, Ally Gallop has written all about how to stay healthy and keep on running even in the cold weather, and Skylar Morelli advises you to move indoors and consider high intensity interval training (HIIT). Finally, Grace Goodwin takes a look at the new sponsorship deal between CLIF Bar and the Boston Athletic Association and whether energy bars are good to keep you fueled during all that exercise.

Throughout this issue, we hope you learn something new, preferably while sipping on a warm beverage!

Here’s to a great March,

Katherine and Matt

In this Issue:

March is National Nutrition Month

by Cailin Kowalewski
143904lrgThe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual education and information campaign, National Nutrition Month®, takes place this March. This year’s theme, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” offers timely, practical, lifestyle-centric messages promoting healthy weight maintenance, chronic disease risk reduction, and overall health promotion. Sounds good, right? Sure does. Should you care? You bet! And why? Because no one else does.

How Does a Ketogenic Diet Affect YOU? Part 2: A Deep Look Into Cortisol

by Katie Mark

Recent high hopes for high-fat diets have us further evaluating the ketogenic diet for a wider population. In this three-part series, we’re examining how the ketogenic diet affects biomarkers. Part 1 of this series investigated what ketosis does for fasting glucose and insulin. In Part 2, we look at how a ketogenic diet may affect cortisol levels.

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas


by Mireille Najjar

Eating a well-balanced breakfast every day is key to staying energized, focused, and alert. Get a fresh start to your day with a healthy, wholesome (and delicious) breakfast using these simple tips and recipes.

My Experience as a Sensory Scientist at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

by Disha Gandi14081966763_4bf0bcb76c

Warning: the following article requires active participation. Please have 1-2 pieces of gum at your side prior to reading.

HNRCA: Mechanism that Causes Cataracts Discovered in Mice


by Nusheen Orandi

Although it may be hard to see through seven feet of snow and gray slush, the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) is still hard at work, especially in the Nutrition and Vision lab.

How do You Find a Word that Means “The Food Babe”? 

by Katherine Pett511aD7n++YL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Vani Hari, AKA The Food Babe, has taken the Internet by storm and created quite a controversy. Supporters laud her for taking on corrupt “Big Food,” but scientists and doctors aren’t so sure her point of view is valid. The Food Babe is proud of the fact that she doesn’t understand science, and says so herself in her new book, The Food Babe Way. As a student at the Friedman School, I decided to investigate.

9 Reasons to Attend Friedman’s 9th Annual Student Research Conference

Angela Tagtow, Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

by Matt Moore

The Future of Food and Nutrition Graduate Student Research Conference (SRC) takes place on Saturday, April 11. Students from Friedman and across the country will attend and present original research from a range of topics related to nutrition and food systems. Last year’s conference drew over 200 attendees from 30 institutions across the country. The Sprout presents nine reasons for Friedman students to attend.

Join Tufts’ Multicultural Local Food Movement!

by Buki Owoputiworldpeas

How many times in the last year have you eaten a fruit and/or a vegetable? Hundreds? Thousands? (We Friedman students sure do love our fruits and veggies!) How many times in the last year did you eat a fruit or a veggie grown on a local farm? If you are like most of us, it is not nearly as often. In an increasingly globalized conventional food system, there is a huge disconnect between local food production and local eaters. That’s where New Entry Sustainable Farming Project comes in!

Running Cold: Your Body Exercising in the Wintery Outdoors

by Ally Gallop

In a city of runners, the past few weeks have made it difficult to train. As the snow begins to (hopefully) melt, many runners are itching to return to the outdoors. Though cleared trails are advantageous, this cold Northeastern weather is not. Knowing how the body deals with the cold will help you train smarter. So what does your body do the moment you step outdoors, ready to exercise?

Why HIIT Workouts are a Total HIT!


by Skylar Morelli

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an effective, fat burning form of exercise that has been scientifically proven to lower risk for many diseases. HIIT involves different stations of exercises, with each movement done in short, intense durations with brief breaks in between. HIIT has become one of the most popular and successful methods of training.

CLIF Notes on the New Running Sponsor in Town

by Grace Goodwin

clifbarThe well-known CLIF Bar just became a generous sponsor of runners in our city. Here’s what Friedman students think of the bar…and did you know that CLIF makes liquid pizza?

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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