November 2021.

About this episode

Most of us will have perceptions of nuts that shape our willingness (or not) to eat them. Can you identify yours?

Habitual nut intake is linked with a range of benefits, including chronic disease prevention. But population consumption data suggests that most Australians are missing out on these benefits, with nut intakes chronically low.

Research tells us there are a range of barriers to nut consumption, which may help explain the reasons why so many Australians fall short of the recommended 30g serve of nuts every day.

In this episode, we speak with Professor Rachel Brown from the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago, about perceptions of nuts.

She talks us through the barriers and facilitators to nut consumption (amongst both consumers and health professionals), and explores strategies which may help to clarify common misconceptions preventing regular nut consumption.

About today’s guest

Rachel Brown is a Professor at the Department of Human Nutrition, at the University of Otago in New Zealand where she teaches. She is involved in research in a number of areas, including her favourite – that of nuts and health, which she has been involved in for more than 14 years.

Nuts for Life - Prof Rachel Brown
Prof Rachel Brown, University of Otago

Supporting resources

A comparison of perceptions of nuts between the general public, dietitians, general practitioners, and nurses

Barriers and facilitators to nut consumption: A narrative review

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