Nutritional Sciences News & Highlights

Factual Food Labels: Health Claims

Factual Food Labels: Health Claims

With abundant nutrition and health information in our physical and virtual environments, it is easy to get lost in health claims made on food products. How often have you read a food label that claims a particular food will "boost your immune system," or is "heart healthy?" Yet, do you know what these claims truly mean? Are they consis...
Factual Food Labels: A Closer Look at the History

Factual Food Labels: A Closer Look at the History

For many consumers, food labels are a primary source of information about the foods and products they eat. Because of this, it is important that these labels are trustworthy, and that companies are held accountable for the claims printed onto their products.First, to understand the importance of food labels, let's look at why food labels were creat...
Nutrigenomics: What Do Diet and Genes Have To Do With Health?

Nutrigenomics: What Do Diet and Genes Have To Do With Health?

Have you ever wondered how the food that you eat is related to your overall health? Research shows that diet has a strong correlation with chronic disease, but why? What role does the human genome play in this relationship? The newly emerging area of nutritional science, Nutrigenomics, seeks to answer these questions and transform our current under...
A Growing Need For Health Professionals: Nutritional Education

A Growing Need For Health Professionals: Nutritional Education

Gut microbiome, nutrigenomics, vitamin supplements, omega-9 fatty acids, gluten free, GMO: we are all bombarded with these terms—and so many other—on a daily basis when we talk with friends, listen to the media, and even glance at an advertisement. The public routinely turns to health care or wellness professionals to understand what these nutritio...
What’s In The Name? Registered Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

What’s In The Name? Registered Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

Over the last decade, our understanding of health and delivery of health care has become increasingly focused on of nutrition as prevention and treatment of disease. Yet, when it comes to nutrition in healthcare, there is often confusion as to who is the nutrition expert. For many, the terms "nutritionist" and "registered dietitian" are interchange...
Homeschooling for professionals

Homeschooling for professionals

Registered nurse Angie Cook lives near Dallas, but she is attending The University of Texas at Austin – from a desk at home. 

Cook is one of the students accepted to the Department of Nutritional Sciences' new online master's program, the first accredited online degree from the College of Natural Sciences.

Obesity in Pregnancy Impairs Children’s Brain Development

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Children born to overweight or obese women face long-term neurological impairment—specifically in verbal ability—according to research recently published online in Maternal and Child Nutrition.

13 School Gardens Covered by Donation

Building the next 13 school gardens in the Austin area will be a snap for TX Sprouts, thanks to a Whole Kids Foundation donation of almost $60,000.

Undergrads Present at International Conference

When undergraduates conduct original research, they experience far more than the joy of pipetting and mixing solutions.

Authoring Papers with Wide Impact

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After contributing to over 100 peer-reviewed publications while on the faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, it is not surprising that Dr. Jeanne Freeland-Graves has one of the most highly cited papers in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Better Health Can Start at School

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Veteran reporter Leslie Rhode recently tagged along with Dr. Jaimie Davis and the Texas Sprouts program as they worked with children at Oak Meadows Elementary.  On that day, the fifth graders learned to distinguish whole from processed foods as well as make small caprese salads with basil harvested from their school garden.

Nutrition’s Past President

Dr. Lorene Rogers, President of UT Austin, as she appeared in The Alcalde in Nov 1974

Although biochemist Lorene Rogers (1914-2009) received her doctorate from UT Austin, the Chemistry Department refused to hire her as as a professor—and tried to pay her half as a lecturer—because she was a woman. She did find a professorship, however, in what was then known as the Department of Home Economics (School of Human Ecology).

Dietetics Grad Heads to Med School

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Nutrition is being recognized more and more as great preparation for the medical profession. Recent graduate Jessica Reynoso knows this: she is one of the select students accepted to Dell Medical School's historic first class. Only 50 students (about 1% of applicants) were admitted to the program.

Faculty Member Honored by Alumni

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After only six years at UT, Dr. Laura Lashinger has already been nominated by former students to be one of this year's Texas 10.  The Texas 10 is an exclusive group of faculty honored by alumni each year for their dedication and enthusiasm.

Tailoring Weight Loss to Fit Your Genes

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A new research review by Dr. Molly Bray and colleagues continues to generate interest. The Daily Texan's Science Scene developed a short video showing how genetic information may be useful when creating custom weight loss programs.