Today I am honoured to be chatting with Dr Tim Crowe, career research scientist and educator, and founder of Thinking Nutrition blog and podcast.
Tim has had a long and interesting scientific career ranging from medical research in cancer and diabetes, to dietetics and teaching in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University for 16 years – where our paths crossed. Tim’s real passion is communicating and translating nutrition research – three years ago he left academia to pursue this interest full time. Part of Tim’s freelance career includes his Thinking Nutrition blog and his new Thinking Nutrition podcast. Both are excellent resources – links are below.
We discuss why nutrition can appear confusing, how to make sense of it and some of the things that have changed in the field of nutrition as more scientific research is undertaken, for example, the management of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with a low FODMAP diet. However, much of the advice about healthy eating, like including plenty of fruit and vegetables in your meals, has not changed since Tim has been working in the area and he weighs in on how various dietary trends come and go. We touch on some of the future direction in nutrition such as nutrigenomics (the relationship between human genome, nutrition and health) but, according to Tim, where it’s at is the gut microbiome, an area of research that he watches avidly.
If you want to follow Tim, read his blogs and/or listen to his podcasts, which I highly recommend, look no further:
- Podcast: search “Thinking Nutrition” on all good podcast providers
Here are the links to The Peak Health bodies (health and food pages) Tim refers to in the podcast:
- Cancer Council: https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/nutrition-and-physical-activity/food-and-nutrition.html
- Diabetes Australia: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/food-activity
- The Heart Foundation: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating
- Australian Dietary Guidelines: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/guidelines
- Tim mentions the excellent resource Examine.com (https://examine.com) for science based nutrition and supplements information.