ICP 86: Kevin Klatt, PhD., RD
Choline, TMAO, Nutritional Epidemiology and Moving the Goalposts
Welcome to Episode 86 of the The Ian Cramer Podcast.
If you're new to the podcast, it's full of people like my guest this week. Smart experts within nutritional science with different specialties and perspectives on how people can live healthier lives using foot, diet and lifestyle factors.
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In episode #86, I am speaking to Registered Dietician and Postdoctoral Fellow and the Baylor School of Medicine, Kevin Klatt. Kevin came on to my radar through…any guesses??? Twitter
Kevin received his PhD in Molecular Nutrition from Cornell University and completed his dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health. His research focuses on better understanding nutrient metabolism and requirements using in vitro and animal model systems, as well as human intervention and controlled feeding trials. Kevin is an active member of the executive committee of the Research Dietetics Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on the Public Information Committee of the American Society for Nutrition.
To begin our conversation, Kevin and I speak about Choline, an alleged nutrient of concern. We go into the nitty gritty on its chemical make-up, it’s physiologic purpose and if it is indeed, a nutrient of concern. Towards the end of 2019, an article was spreading around social media saying those eating a plant-based diet aren’t going to get enough…and more accurately, were going to be dumber because they weren’t going to get enough. Pro Tip: If a headline disparages a group based on their diet, it’s click-bait and likely not true.
We also speak about another dietary metabolite of concern, TMAO. This is often thrown around within the plant-based circles as something that we should be aware of…so I ask Kevin if this is true.
I get Kevin’s take on a plant-based diet and a Keto diet and the healthfulness and potential risks of those diets. We speak about the controversial role of epidemiology in shaping dietary practices. And lastly, we speak about the term ‘moving the goalposts’ within nutritional science how you can tell if someone is doing this, why they might be doing it, and what you can do to spot it and respond.
Without further delay, I hope you enjoy my conversation with Registered Dietician and Post-doctoral fellow, Kevin Klatt.
I’ve enjoyed Kevin’s writing and tweeting for many months, and there are many people like me. He is seen as one of the most reasonable and non-dogmatic academic voices within the sphere of nutrition science on Twitter. And with that theme of reason, one of the underlying messages I hope to convey in these conversations is keeping an open mind and staying curious. Ask questions, use evidence, listen to other arguments and lines of evidence that are given. Step away from the echo chambers and expose yourself to various lines of thought to become more well rounded and to understand the broader consensuses in this field.
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