Podcast Episode 102: Stevia, Umami & The Cowboy Ninja – Dr. Keith Ayoob

Nov 7, 2018

“A great diet is one that balances what we know we need with what we don’t want to live without. I’d never tell some they should never eat this food or that one. It’s about how much and how often. Getting healthier has to be enjoyable.” – Keith Ayoob

Disclosure: This episode is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council, an international association representing more than two dozen different alternative sweeteners, fibers, and other low-calorie ingredients.

Tune in as I talk with my friend and fellow dietitian Dr. Keith Ayoob about the sweetener stevia, umami – the fifth basic taste – and Keith’s fun workout session with Lance Pekus the Cowboy Ninja.

Melissa and Keith cooking a Mediterranean dish at a Beef Council event in May

Keith Ayoob EdD, RDN, FADN, is a registered dietitian and an Associate Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, where he directed a nutrition clinic for over 33 years, working with families and children. He specializes in the areas of obesity, eating behavior, and family dynamics.

Stevia plant on Keith’s terrace

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How nutrition impacts strength
  • The benefits of stevia 
  • Why stevia is different from other sweeteners
  • The safety of stevia, and all approved sweeteners
  • What umami is
  • The difference between and connection between umami and monosodium glutamate
  • Stevia’s role in helping manage diabetes, blood pressure, weight and appetite

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Music by Dave Birk

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