Podcast Episode 058: What’s Trending in Nutrition – Jenna A. Bell

Feb 8, 2017

Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD

Survey Says: Many consumers are choosing “clean” and “mindful” eating as their path to healthier living instead of “dieting”. More than 1700 Registered Dietitians weighed in on the fifth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey by Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian. 

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Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD

Pollock Communications and leading nutrition trade magazine, Today’s Dietitian, released the results of their fifth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition national food trend survey, which polled over 1,700 registered dietitians (RDs) across the country on the upcoming year’s big trends in food and eating. This year overall, results reveal a decline in consumers’ interest in dieting. Instead, many are choosing clean and mindful eating as their path to healthier living. For the last five years, the “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey has been a leader in identifying and tracking the next significant trends in food for the upcoming year including what foods are topping the coveted Top 10 Superfoods list.

Dr. Jenna A. Bell is a Senior Vice President, Director of Food and Wellness for Pollock Communications where she helps healthy brands translate science for consumers and connect with the nutrition experts. Jenna is the co-author of Energy to Burn:  The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle and Launching Your Dietetics Career.  She is an international presenter at professional conferences, has been published in scientific journals, and has been featured in countless print publications and on the web including Us Weekly, Self Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World, and has appeared on the Daily Buzz, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates, local and national radio programs and podcasts.

Jenna is a two-time Ironman Finisher and has completed three marathons. In addition, she has competed in numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and road races. She is co-founder of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! and has provided nutrition seminars with professional athletes at major athletic events like the Boston Marathon, the ING New York City Marathon, Bank of American Chicago Marathon and the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.


Jenna with her husband and two daughters

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Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. National Survey Taps Over 1,700 Dietitians to Predict Top 2017 Food Trends news release
  2. 2017 Food Trends Survey Findings Explained In-Depth: FREE Live Webinar on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm EST. Click here to register.
  3. Pollock Communications website and Facebook page
  4. Today’s Dietitian Magazine website
  5. REGISTER for Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium in New Orleans May 21-24, 2017
  6. Podcast episode Today’s Dietitian Shares Top Trends for 2016 with Sharon Palmer
  7. Melissa’s 3-part blog post on running to triathlon to ballet
  8. Podcast episode A Fair & Balanced Take on GMOs with Greg Jaffe
  9. Podcast episode Protein Powered Breakfasts with Lauren Harris-Pincus
  10. Blog interview with NPD’s Harry Balzer “Food is Fashion!” Putting Your Best Fork Forward
  11. Podcast episode A Historian’s Take on Food and Food Politics with Rachel Laudan
  12. Podcast episode Family Mealtime Matters with Jill Castle
  13. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative and blogs/podcasts and Pinterest board
  14. Melissa’s video: Healthy & Affordable Food Tips
  15. Hello Fresh and Meez Meals meal delivery services

Produced by Team Podcast

Music by Dave Birk



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