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Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know

Summary: Nutrition expert P.K. Newby debunks popular myths and food folklore.
Air Date: 2/14/19
Duration: 22:02
Host: David Friedman, ND, DC
Guest Bio: P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS
P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS (“The Nutrition Doctor”) is a scientist, gastronome, and author with twenty-five years’ experience researching diet-related diseases; studying how people make food choices and their impact on the environment; and teaching why what we eat matters, from farm to fork. She is a thought leader and science communicator who speaks locally, nationally, and internationally, and her newest book is Food and Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is also the author of Superfoods (National Geographic, 2016) and two ebooks on employee health and wellness (Virgin Pulse, 2015) and coauthor or Foods for Health: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet (National Geographic, 2014). She communicates regularly with the public on her blog, Cooking & Eating the PK Way, and serves as a science advisor and consultant to several companies. Dr. Newby's passion for nutrition stems from a life-long love affair with food, from cooking, baking, and gardening as a kid to working in the restaurant industry. She was one of the “best undiscovered cooks” on ABC’s The Taste (2014-2015) where she created globally inspired, plant-based cuisine based on her “Healthy Hedonism” philosophy—and she was the last woman standing with domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. She holds a doctorate from Harvard, two master’s degrees from Columbia, and served on the faculties at Tufts University (Research Scientist & Assistant Professor) and Boston University (Associate Professor). She’s currently an Adjunct Associate Professor and award-winning educator at Harvard and dedicates most of her time to fighting anti-science in all the ways that she can.
  • Book Title: Food and Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know
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Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know
Whether sensational headlines from the latest study or anecdotes from celebrities and food bloggers, we're bombarded with "superfoods" and "best ever" diets promising to help us lose weight, fight disease, and live longer.

At the same time, we live in an over-crowded food environment that makes it easy to eat, all the time.

The result is an epidemic of chronic disease amidst a culture of nutrition confusion--and copious food choices that challenge everyday eaters just trying to get a healthy meal on the table.

In her book, Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know, Harvard- and Columbia-trained nutrition scientist Dr. P.K. Newby examines 134 stand-alone questions addressing "need to know" topics, including how what we eat affects our health and environment, from farm to fork, and why, when it comes to diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts-and one size doesn't fit all.

Listen as Newby joins Dr. Friedman to debunk popular myths and food folklore, encouraging readers to "learn, unlearn, and relearn" the fundamentals of nutrition at the heart of a health-giving diet.
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