Priority micronutrients - with Ty Beal, PhD

This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Ty Beal, Research Advisor on the Knowledge Leadership team at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition about nutrient density, bioavailability, and his recent study on global micronutrient deficiencies.
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Ty Beal, Research Advisor on the Knowledge Leadership team at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition about nutrient density, bioavailability, and his recent study on global micronutrient deficiencies. Ty explains his approach to defining nutritional deficiencies and addresses common misconceptions and misunderstandings about which foods are the most nutrient-dense. We discuss the modern diet, how children are impacted by the available food choices, the problem of nutrient deficiencies in the developed world (where calories are plentiful) and the challenge of establishing food guidance systems to address the health of the population, rather than a “healthy population” (of which most of the developed world wouldn’t fall into).

Ty Beal is a Research Advisor on the Knowledge Leadership team at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). In this role, he supports programmes, research, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge to stakeholders.

He has extensive experience examining sustainable food systems, diet quality, food affordability, food supplies, micronutrient deficiencies, child growth and development, noncommunicable diseases, and global health. He obtained a PhD in Geography with emphasis in Global Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.


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