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Effects of Short-Term Consumption of Strawberry Powder on Select Parameters of Vascular Health

This webinar explains nutrients in strawberries related to vascular health and emerging human research about strawberries and vascular health. Practical applications for RD's are discussed.

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This webinar was presented live on June 10, 2021.

This webinar includes information about nutrients of interest in strawberries including phenolics and polyphenols (ellagic acid, anthocyanins, etc.), ascorbate (vit C), nitrate, and fiber as they relate to vascular health. Also, emerging research regarding strawberries and vascular health are discussed, including studies in the youth male, post-menopausal female, and older male populations. The speakers discuss the inclusion of strawberries on the Dirty Dozen list. Practical applications for RD's are examined.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 3

Performance Indicators

  • 8.3.6: Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 6.3.11: Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery and health and nutrition of customers.
  • 10.4: Applies knowledge of the interrelationship and impact of pharmacotherapy, dietary supplements, functional foods and nutrients on health and disease in accordance with Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for RDNs.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe select health-promoting phytochemicals and nutrients in strawberries.
  • Illustrate how strawberry phytochemicals can improve vascular health.
  • Summarize the potential impact of strawberries on vascular health in diverse populations.


Roberta Holt, PhD.

Roberta R Holt is an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include a focus on the influence of dietary components from whole foods on metabolism and physiologic response, and strives to understand how these foods and their components respond within a diet. In pursuant of these interests, she works with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers within academia and industry. Doctor Holt has three decades of experience in the areas of cardiovascular physiology and nutrition, receiving her Bachelors in Physiology and her doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis. She was a recipient of the UC Davis' Max Kleiber Award for her dissertational work in the fields of physiology, biochemistry and nutrition, and was a USDA AFRI NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient. Her current research projects include the effects of freeze-dried strawberry powder intake on microvascular function and its relationship to changes in the microbiome and circulating metabolites; the effects of extra virgin olive oil-derived phenolics on platelet reactivity; the influence of honey-flavored yogurt on inflammation and gut health; and the effects of walnut-derived fatty acid metabolites on microvascular function and platelet aggregation.

Carl Keen, PhD

Doctor Keen has been a member of the nutrition faculty at the University of California, Davis since 1981. He was the Chairman of the Department of Nutrition from 1993 to 2006. Doctor. Keen has over 650 peer reviewed scientific publications. In 2002, he was recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information as a highly cited researcher in the Agricultural Sciences. He has won several awards including the American Institute of Nutrition Bio-Serv Award (1985), the American Institute of Nutrition Research Award (1995), the Teratology Society's Warkany award for research accomplishments in developmental biology (2006), and the McCormick Science Institute Research Award (2014) for his work on nutrition and vascular health. In 2006, he was appointed as the first holder of the UC Davis Mars Family Endowed Chair in Developmental Nutrition. He has served on numerous government boards and panels, and editorial boards. Dr. Keen's current research is focused in two areas; the investigation of the influence of maternal diet on the risk for pregnancy complications (maternal and conceptus) and the influence of diet on the risk for age-related chronic diseases.

Release Date: June 10, 2021


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