Nutrition and Health

What does the latest research tell us about the health benefits and risks involved in consuming animal and plant-based proteins?

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Anna Kate Shoveler

Assistant Professor of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph

Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller received her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta in 2004 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph. From 2007-2015 she was employed by Procter & Gamble and Mars Pet Care where she added to the knowledge of dog and cat nutrition through investigation in the areas of energy metabolism and nutrient budgets of dogs and cats using indirect calorimetry and applying the indicator amino acid oxidation technique to quantify amino acids requirements in adult dogs. Shoveller has taken this experience and returned to academia where she teaches companion animal nutrition and runs an active comparative nutrition research group. Overall, Shoveller’s laboratory focuses on optimizing nutrition across mammalian species for health and longevity without compromising the future of our food chain. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, contributed to multiple book chapters, applied for multiple patents, and has gained over $1.5 million in less than 3 years.

Mahshid Dehghan

Investigator with the Nutrition Epidemiology program, Population Health Research Institute, and Senior Research Associate and Professor with the Department of Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Dehghan is an Investigator for the Nutrition Epidemiology program at the Population Health Research Institute. She holds two Masters of Clinical Nutrition and Health Research Methodology, and received her doctoral degree in Clinical Nutrition from Newcastle University, England. Dr. Dehghan complete post-Doctoral training in Nutrition Epidemiology at McMaster University. During the last ten years, her main focus has been the development of methods to measure dietary intake of individuals around the world. Dr. Dehghan is the nutrition lead of the Population Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study and the INTERSTROKE study. Her main interest is understanding the impact of dietary factors in the cause and prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. She has published more than 50 papers and 2 book chapters.

Christopher Labos

Associate, McGill Office for Science ans Society and regular contributor to the Montreal Gazette

Dr. Christopher Labos is a cardiologist with a degree in epidemiology and an associate with the McGill Office for Science and Society. He spends most of his time doing things that he doesn’t get paid for, like doing research, teaching, and podcasting. Occasionally, he finds time to practice as a cardiologist so he can pay his rent. He realizes that half of his research findings will be disproved in five years: he just doesn’t know which half. He is a freelance contributor for the the Montreal Gazette, CJAD, and has also appeared on CBC Radio and CBC Television. To date, no one has recognized him on the street.

Diana Rodgers

Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Host, Sustainable Dish Podcast

Diana Rodgers, RD, LDN, NTP is a “real food” nutritionist living on a working organic farm near Boston, Massachusetts that runs a vegetable and meat CSA. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks and runs a clinical nutrition practice, focusing on metabolic health and gastrointestinal disorders. Diana writes and speaks about the intersection of optimal human nutrition, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and social justice. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Outside Magazine, Acres USA, Edible Boston and Mother Earth News. She is also the producer of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, interviewing experts in the environmental and health movement. Her new film and upcoming book examines the environmental, nutritional and ethical case for “better meat’. She can be found at