Becci Twombley, is the team sports dietitian for the Los Angeles Angels and the sports nutrition consultant with the Los Angeles Lakers. She is a founding board member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), a member of the Academy of Nutrition
Cooking at home has increased drastically this year as COVID-19 continues to influence consumer habits. Even though consumers are spending more time in the kitchen, they are still looking for healthy and fast-and-simple ways to increase variety.
Studies have investigated the effect pistachio nuts specifically have during pregnancy on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Assaf-Balut et al. conducted a prospective, randomized, controlled trial (San Carlos Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Prevention Study) to evaluate the incidence of GDM with either a control diet (standard diet with limited fat intake) or a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and pistachios. One thousand normoglycemic (
In the early 2000s, Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow, and a team of demographers, anthropologists and researchers identified five areas around the world that had the highest concentration of centenarians and coined the term “Blue Zones” to describe these five regions.
Roasted American pistachios joined soy, quinoa, and buckwheat to be classified as a complete protein source that provides all nine essential amino acids in adequate amounts for people 5 years and older. The terms “complete” and “incomplete,” as it pertains to protein, have been used to describe a variety of protein foods, specifically when referring to vegetarian, vegan and plant-based diets.
To a sports dietitian, nothing says “the holidays are here” like the sound of athletes pleading for a cheat code to holiday eating. From sweet to savory or appetizer to dessert, food brings family and friends together to celebrate with gratitude for one another and the kindness in their hearts.
As a former high school football player, football coach, and now occasional nutrition counselor for high school athletes, I have seen many sides of the high school athletes. One of the sides involves several nutritional challenges.
According to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), well-planned eating practices help athletes to train hard, stay healthy and injury-free, and maximize their performance. An ideal athletic diet should contain well-balanced portions of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and fluids.