Sound Bites with Melissa Joy Dobbins

Sound Bites with Melissa Joy Dobbins
By Melissa, the Guilt-Free RD, who has conversations with her guests that delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
About this podcast
Hosted by award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Melissa Joy Dobbins, the Guilt-Free RD - "because food shouldn't make you feel bad!" TM. Join Melissa’s conversations with experts including researchers, academics, authors, dietitians and more. Guests like Dr. David Katz, Science Babe, Brian Wansink and Sharon Palmer address topics including healthy diets, dieting and weight management, diabetes, agriculture, farming, and other hot topics in the media. Walk away with credible information to help you make your own, well-informed nutrition decisions based on facts, not fear. For more information visit
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Latest episodes
Feb. 6, 2018
“Food and agriculture innovation doesn’t come only from Monsanto, Cargill, and McDonald’s. It comes from students, nonprofit scientists, university professors, and struggling entrepreneurs. Fostering an environment that is hostile to innovation and growth in food and agriculture not only thwarts the plans of Big Food but also makes it harder for scientists to get their innovations to market.” – Jayson Lusk Jayson Lusk is a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it. He is a Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics program at Purdue University and the author of: Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World (2016) and The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate (2013). A researcher, writer and speaker, Lusk has published more than 190 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals on topics ranging from the economics of animal welfare to consumer preferences for GMOs to the impacts of new technologies and policies. He has been listed as one of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists of the past two decades, won numerous research awards, given hundreds of lectures for businesses, nonprofits, trade industry organizations, and universities in the US and abroad, and has been interviewed or published or appeared in national media outlets such as the New York Times and Fox News. Tune in to the show to find out: Do people really want to know more about farming? Why transparency isn’t always appreciated Why cage-free isn’t what most people think What Jayson learned from a group of pessimistic students What Jayson says about the microwave, broccoli and kale Why people keep romanticizing agriculture What the “vote-buy” paradox is Some of the unintended consequences of clean labels How the concept of “trade-offs” can help us think differently   For the full show notes and resources visit
Jan. 23, 2018
“Happiness is a health issue. This is the founding principle of my first book which aims to teach women how to work with their bodies, treat themselves with empathy, and embrace this truth: You cannot be on a diet and be kind to yourself at the same time.” – Rebecca Scritchfield Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietitian, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again, and host of the Body Kindness podcast. She runs a non-diet private practice focused on well-being enhancement in Washington, DC. After coming to terms with her own body image issues and chronic dieting, she realized that a ‘weight loss focused’ approach was not helpful to her clients. This inspired her to embark on a multi-year journey of studying positive psychology, motivational interviewing, and the research around weight-inclusive approaches to improving health.     For the full show notes and resources visit   
Jan. 9, 2018
“It’s never too late to eat well, move well and be well. And it doesn’t have to be hard, either. Too many people think it’s “too hard, or too expensive, or too time consuming, or too late” but it isn’t! Small steps toward food and fitness can reap big rewards. People over 50 are interested in nutrition and health but they don’t know where to get credible, common sense information – that’s why this book was born!” – Dr. Chris Rosenbloom  Dr. Chris Rosenbloom wanted to be a dietitian since she was a teenager. Her high school year book picture has “future dietitian” under it. Today, she has over 40 years’ experience in nutrition, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition professor emeriti at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She recently released her first consumer book, Food & Fitness After 50, which she co-authored with Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM and was published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chris runs a small business, Chris Rosenbloom Food & Nutrition Services LLC, to provide nutrition consultation to food and nutrition marketing firms, food companies, and professional organizations.  For the full show notes and resources visit   
Dec. 19, 2017
I’m taking you behind the scenes of my show today! Find out what’s in store for the show in 2018, which episodes are my faves and which ones are rated most popular. Get answers to some questions I’m often asked but haven’t discussed before on the show. Learn what I think the secret sauce is and if I’m going to monetize the show! Be sure to take my survey – I would love to hear your feedback!!  On my Sound Bites Podcast I delve into the science, the psychology and the strategies behind good food and nutrition. I interview a variety of guests on a variety of topics pertaining to the latest research on food, nutrition, diets, medical conditions and agriculture. I strive to promote sound science, smart nutrition and good food, so that my listeners can make their own, well-informed nutrition and health decisions based on facts, not fear. Join in on my conversations with some of the best and the brightest in the field of nutrition and learn about tips and resources to help make meaningful steps toward better health. For the full show notes and resources visit
Dec. 12, 2017
“You do not have to give up the foods you love for the sake of your health. In fact, trying to do so will only backfire as deprivation creates more cravings, not less. Small changes really can make a big difference. I believe the best, and the easiest, way to better health is simply to cook. A little bit of kitchen “magic” can go a long way!” – Marlene Koch  Known as a “Magician in the Kitchen” for her amazing ability to make excess sugar, fat and calories simply disappear, Marlene Koch is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, culinary expert, television personality, and the New York Times bestselling author of the Eat What You Love series of cookbooks. A frequent guest on national television including QVC, Marlene passionately believes everyone should be able to enjoy all the foods they love, and be healthy too. Or, as Marlene like to say, everyone deserves chocolate cake.   For the full show notes and resources visit
Nov. 28, 2017
Dr. James O. Hill is a Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine, and Director of the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Dr. Hill’s research examines factors that contribute to obesity and factors that are important in reducing obesity. He is a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry and co-author of the book State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet. Dr. Hill shares his insight and learnings from his work, along with the newly published research study: The Beef WISE Study: Beef’s Role in Weight Improvement, Satisfaction, and Energy. This research was conducted at the University of Colorado and adds to the growing body of evidence demonstrating lean beef can contribute to a healthy weight loss diet. Funding for this research was provided by a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Center for Research Resources and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and the Beef Checkoff. For the full show notes and resources visit
Nov. 7, 2017
“I think the biggest value I provide is helping people find that fine line between good science and bad science. I enjoy being able to read through scientific studies, then make them sound like English - not like a foreign language, telling people clearly why bad science is inaccurate, and furthermore cutting through the occasional bit of bad science reporting.... with a side of dirty jokes.” – SciBabe aka Yvette d’Entremont Yvette d’Entremont (AKA SciBabe) is a scientist, writer and public speaker. She worked as an analytical chemist for years before running SciBabe full time. This platform allows her to fight myths and pseudoscience using a combination of science and humor. Yvette holds a B.S. in chemistry, a B.A. in theatre, and a Master’s degree in forensic science with a concentration in biological criminalistics.  Yvette is partnering with SPLENDA® to develop humorous, evidence-based content that “debunks junk science” about sucralose.  For the full show notes and resources, visit
Oct. 31, 2017
“Food is one of the most intimate relationships we have. At General Mills Bell Institute we are interested in what people are really doing and what they really need. We are on the journey with our consumers, making changes along the way, and making sure we are meeting modern day health & wellness trends. After all, our purpose is to “Serve the world by making food people love.” – Amy Cohn Amy Cohn is a Registered Dietitian and a Manager at General Mills Bell Institute of Health, Nutrition & Food Safety where she engages with Registered Dietitians and other health professionals on topics pertaining to food, health, and nutrition.  As a health & nutrition steward for General Mills, Amy leads the Global Professional Partnerships team building and scaling relationships with impactful health influencers around the world and communicating science in a compelling, engaging and sharable manner. Prior to General Mills, Amy worked as a Nutrition & Culinary Services Director in the long-term care and assisted living industry, a clinical Registered Dietitian in the VA Health Care Systems and in nutritional and pharmaceutical sales. Dietetics is her second career – she has a BFA in acting and enjoyed working as an actress on stage and on TV.  For the full show notes and resources visit
Oct. 17, 2017
Stacey is an award-winning broadcaster and speaker. She produces and hosts the weekly podcast Diabetes Connections. For more than a decade, Stacey hosted Charlotte’s top-rated morning radio news show. She worked as a TV anchor and reporter in Charlotte at CBS affiliate WBTV and in Syracuse and Utica, New York. She won several Associated Press awards in her time as a TV medical reporter. Stacey’s son, Benny, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, one month before he turned two years old. Shortly thereafter, Stacey began writing about diabetes and is now a community blogger & speaker for Animas Corporation (part of Johnson & Johnson). She is very active with the Charlotte Chapter of JDRF and donates all profits from her award-winning cookbook, I Can’t Cook, But I Know Someone Who Can, to JDRF. For the full show notes and resources, visit
Oct. 4, 2017
Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian and the leading go-to nutritionist in the media today, helping people find the sweet spot where delicious and healthy meet. She is the host and executive producer of the Public Television cooking series “Ellie’s Real Good Food,” and well known as the host of Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite.”   Ellie is a New York Times bestselling, James Beard Foundation and IACP award-winning author of five cookbooks. Her most recent is You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals (Jan 2016). She is a weekly columnist for The Washington Post and she has been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazine and USA Today. Ellie speaks regularly at events around the country, appears on national television shows, such as Today, Good Morning America, and The Wendy Williams Show, and has been featured in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, People, and Self, to name a few.  You can read the full show notes and resources at