rEATsearch (It's like overhearing your nerdy health science friends chat and laugh over coffee.)
Ever opened up a study and thought "This isn't written in English--what the heck does it mean"? Us, too! Hi, we're your hosts Lindsay (BSc, Biologist, Research Course Instructor) and Leesa (MSc, Health Writer, Research Nerd). We casually take a crack at translating some impressive new health science into . . . English and share what we learn along the way. #SciComm #SciLit
Mom was right-eat your broccoli (sprouts)
March 31, 2021 • 37 MIN
We all know to eat our veggies, especially broccoli-but why? Let's take a look at the power cruciferous veggies hold and how we can boost those nutrients to the extreme.
The real deal about real (vs. ultra-processed) food
March 10, 2021 • 44 MIN
This fantastic RCT study is a direct comparison of the effects of an unprocessed food diet and an ultra-processed food diet. Can you guess the results?
The Vitamin D Debate
February 23, 2021 • 40 MIN
After so much debate in the media and among scientists, we thought it was time to discuss Vitamin D and its impact on COVID. We take a look at a recent observational study and break down the data. Lots of fantastic takeaways-as always!
Just to be safe, eat a bit of dark Chocolate
February 9, 2021 • 36 MIN
Chocolate, is it all its cracked up to be? Lets look at the research, but just to be on the safe side you better get some dark chocolate to snack on while we discuss this.
Cutting Edge Health Hacks
January 26, 2021 • 49 MIN
Take a quick look at 4 recent publications and how we can use these facts to make the best changes to improve our health. Adding colourful produce, strength training, fibre, and bone health all star in this episode.
To Eat or Not to Eat, or Just to (Intermittent) Fast
December 1, 2020 • 45 MIN
Intermittent fasting has been practiced for centuries in many cultures and is known to benefit health. Calorie restriction is also well known to benefit health, but is one better than the other? If you want to improve your health , should you focus more on one? What is the difference between the two? Is one easier than the other? So many questions, and we have the answers! Join us for Episode 8 where we talk about all things fasting and calories with lots of take home tips you can start using the next time you want to eat...or not...
Sleep (Yes, for you--and also college athletes)
November 10, 2020 • 46 MIN
Do you know how important sleep is for your physical and mental well-being? Yes, yours, too! It's probably no surprise that we all need quality sleep. Today we dive into a study that created recommendations specifically for college athletes. That's because sleep can help improve physical performance, reduce injury and illness, and improve moods and academic performance. But, the real problem is that it's really, really difficult to get enough quality sleep. Let's find out ways to make that happen for you (and they go well beyond "sleep hygiene")!
Scary Statistics (and how not to get duped)
October 28, 2020 • 98 MIN
Statistics don't have to be scary, in fact you don't even have to do any math to understand the basics! This Episode is a great follow up to Episode 1, where we took a look at misinformation and how to keep false news from spreading. This time, we let two books lead us through how to tell lies from the truth - Calling Bullshit, The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, as well as the book A Field Guide to Lies by Daniel J. Levitin. Join us as we learn how to spot the Bullshit and think for ourselves. Warning: Episode contains adult language.
I reeeally feel like eating THIS NOW! (Food cravings)
October 13, 2020 • 28 MIN
When you really want to eat something specific right away--that's a legit food craving. We commonly crave things that are sweet, starchy, high fat, or fast foods. But what causes these cravings? There are two schools of thought. The first one is that having a nutrient deficiency induces your body to seek out the food that contains that nutrient. This idea is pretty common on the internet. The second school of thought is that cravings are more psychological and due to conditioning. For example, when you sit down to watch a movie you crave popcorn. Not because you're lacking nutrients, but because you're conditioned to eat popcorn when you watch a movie. Which one of these is true (or, *more* true)? Let's find out! The study we're dissecting in this episode is a meta analysis of eight randomized control trials and it gives us some pretty good insight into which of these two ideas seems to be a stronger force for food cravings.
#Just buy plain (Microbiome and blood lipids)
September 21, 2020 • 39 MIN
Our microbiome has the capacity to influence not only our gut, but our cardiovascular health as well. Let's take a look...
Can food boost your moods? (Nutritional psychiatry says "yes.")
September 21, 2020 • 21 MIN
When you need a mood lift, what do you eat? Comfort foods? Treats? Whole grains & veggies? 🙃 In Episode 03 we talk about the SMILES trial and the daily mood food diet that can help over time.
Getting to the meat of veganism (Inflammation and veganism)
September 21, 2020 • 30 MIN
Is there a link between inflammation and your diet? This study compares vegans and omnivores and their link to measurable inflammation.
Take a hot second! (Misinformation and the infodemic)
September 21, 2020 • 23 MIN
COVID-19 info is coming out frustratingly fast & furious, amirite? And some of it is pretty shocking. But, how do you know which social media posts are shareworthy? (While fact-checking is HIGHLY recommended, let's be realistic--it isn't always possible.) The truth about a social media post might just lie in a brief moment of pause. . . Find out more about a very recent study that looked at a super-simple thing to do so you can intelligently share social media posts. That's the topic of the first rEATsearch podcast episode.
Welcome to rEATsearch!
September 11, 2020 • 11 MIN
Welcome to rEATsearch, the podcast that gives bite-sized pieces of nutrition research with a pinch of nerdiness. Meet Lindsay and Leesa, your hosts, and learn how this podcast can help you stay up to date with current health studies.