The science of nutrition is always evolving — are you?

The Examine.com Research Digest makes it easy for you to stay on top of nutrition research.

Get the key, practical takeaways from the latest nutrition research.

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Save time by not having to wade through endless piles of studies.

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Staying on top of nutrition research is important — but not easy

When we asked our readers about their greatest challenge, many said they had a hard time staying on top of the latest nutrition research.

No surprise there. Hundreds of nutrition studies get published each month. It would take a team, working full time, to stay up to date.

And time isn’t even the only issue. Most scientific papers are written by PhDs for other PhDs in the same field. To understand them all would require specialized knowledge in several fields — from statistics to chemistry, from biophysics to neuroscience.

And even if you could make sense of all of this — do you even want to? Wouldn’t your time be better spent working on your health goals or those of your patients, athletes, or clients, rather than wading through piles of papers?

You know you should keep current, but it can be overwhelming!

ERD makes it easy

The Examine.com Research Digest (ERD) solves all those headaches to make it easy for you to stay current with nutrition research.

Since all we do, day in and day out, is review the research, we can ascertain which studies are notable and worth investigating.

All of this so you can focus on what matters — your health (and that of your family and friends, patients and clients).

Every month, we analyze the most important nutrition studies; we are the secret weapon that keeps you on top of nutrition research.

ERD helps you …

Stay on top of nutrition research and level up your health.

The science of nutrition is constantly evolving. ERD is designed to help you stay abreast of nutrition research so you can be your healthier self every day of your life.

Be the best at your job.

For anyone working in health and fitness, staying up to date isn’t just a good idea; it’s essential to how well you perform your job. With ERD, you’ll be better informed and more effective than your peers — for better-performing, healthier, more satisfied clients. Advantage: you.

Boost your credibility.

Has a patient, client, or loved one ever asked you a nutrition or supplement question you didn’t know the answer to but probably should have? With ERD, you’ll always be up on the latest research without spending hours each week parsing the latest papers. Professionals are always learning, and ERD makes it easy!

Provide more value to your clients.

“I’ve read that X can make me lose/gain weight but also cause/cure cancer; is that true?”

For a coach or trainer, dietitian or nutritionist, doctor or pharmacist, having to answer questions about some study, diet, or supplement “I’ve just read about” is a common occurrence. With ERD, you’ll have access to a growing backlog of issues whenever you need to help your clients or students (or family and friends) get answers based on the scientific evidence.

Make informed decisions.

Why waste your time (and money) on something that doesn’t work? Not only does ERD keep you updated on the latest findings, it also places them in their context — within the whole body of evidence — so you’ll know exactly what can help you achieve your health goals.

If you’re a health professional or otherwise serious about nutrition, the Examine.com Research Digest is the best investment you can make.

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Depth and breadth of knowledge.

Every issue of ERD combines full-length articles (that dissect the most important recent studies) and ERD Minis (that cover a broad range of hot nutrition topics).

The option to skim or dive deep.

For each full-length article, the choice is yours. If you want all the nitty-gritty on background, methods, and results, read from top to bottom. If you’re in a hurry and need the actionable advice immediately, scan the “Quick Takes” at the beginning of the article and then skip straight to the “What should I know?” section at the end.

Clear, relevant infographics that help you understand complex topics quickly.

Each article is made even more accessible by colorful, insightful charts and figures. Cleaner and clearer than the black-and-white charts and figures found in the original paper, our infographics are designed to help you understand complex topics quickly.

Here’s an example of a graphic in a published paper and of us making it easier to understand:

Powerful search functionality to help you find what you’re looking for.

We’ve been publishing ERD for five years now, and the entire set of content is available in our database, with all articles tagged by topic and easily searchable. So any time you want to learn more about a given topic, you can easily look up related ERD articles.

Two convenient formats: web-based and PDF.

Your information should be as mobile and versatile as you are. Read an ERD article while chilling at a coffee shop or waiting in line at the DMV. Or, download any number of issues as PDFs so you can read them on your phone, tablet, or laptop during your next cross-country flight.

Information you can trust.

ERD doesn’t advertise supplements, let alone sell them. This isn’t “education” with the intent to push a product. The product is the education. Examine.com is unbiased and untethered to the vast nutrition and supplement industry. Our only purpose is to deliver the most legitimate, actionable information for you and your clients.


Our team works full-time to parse nutrition research, select the most notable studies, and reviews them for you clearly and concisely — so you can actually use them.

With ERD, you will always be on top of the latest nutrition research.

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Research can be a real pain in the ass. Have you noticed?

Scientific studies are jargon-laden, and you can’t know at a glance which ones you can trust. Worse: new studies are released daily, so that no single person can possibly keep up to date.

But you can’t just throw up your hands and ignore the science because you don’t have several hours a day to make sense of it all. As overwhelming as nutrition research is, its takeaways are immensely useful for you and your practice.

What you need is your own team of trusted experts, whose full-time job is to parse the research, select the most notable nutrition studies, and clearly and concisely review them for you — so you can actually use them.

What you need is ERD.

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ERD is your go-to resource for distinguishing fact from fiction.

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Who is ERD for?

Subscribe to ERD if you …

  • Are a little nerdy about nutrition. (Hey, no judgments, so are we!)
  • Are a personal trainer or other health professional who’s passionate about the health and results of your clients.
  • Really want to know your stuff on nutrition and supplements for your personal goals, whether you work in the industry or not.
  • Want to be seen as a subject-matter expert by your clients, colleagues, and even friends and family who won’t stop peppering you with health and fitness questions.
  • Don’t have the time or resources to track down all the current studies yourself, but also don’t want to be left behind by your competitors.
  • Are fed up with all the nutritional misinformation you see on TV and online and want to get the real scoop — the truth.

If any or all of these statements speak to you, you should strongly consider subscribing to ERD.


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Research papers are written for the academia. We translate them for you into actionable information

Academia has been using the same basic format for research papers for over half a century:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

There’s nothing inherently wrong with this structure, but research papers are read mostly by other scientists — they are written by PhDs in a specific field for PhDs in the same field.

They’re dry. Complex. Full of jargon.

ERD is different. We make the study easier to understand than the paper itself does.

You’ll zoom out and learn how the study fits within the big picture.

You’ll zoom in and learn how you can apply the study’s findings.

This is how ERD structures each study analysis:

  • Introduction
  • Who and what was studied?
  • What were the findings?
  • What does the study really tell us?
  • The big picture
  • Frequently asked questions
  • What should I know?

Be honest. Which article would you rather read? The original paper, which tells you all about the study … and leaves most of the interpretation up to you? Or the ERD version, which tells you all about the study, how it applies to the broader scope of nutrition and health, and what practical use you could make of this information?

Anyone who is a health professional or otherwise serious about nutrition will find ERD to be an essential tool in keeping them educated.

Who are ERD’s subscribers?

ERD subscribers are anyone who is truly interested in nutrition. They are doctors, health and wellness practitioners, registered dietitians, personal trainers, and science geeks like us.

Regardless of their background, they all have one thing in common — they love ERD. Here’s what a few of them have to say:


I have two Masters, so I know the rigmarole of reading and analyzing research. ERD makes all of that easy — it keeps me current on the latest research so I can focus on what is important — ensuring the health of my clients. A no-brainer. — Lavanya Krishnan


I’m expected to be constantly up to date. ERD helps me stay a step ahead of questions that my colleagues and patients ask me about the latest nutrition and lifestyle medicine research. — Dr. Natalie Walsh


It has helped me [an RD] stay up to date with research in a continuously evolving field. This helps me better educate family, friends, patients, and clients. It is delivered in an easy manner and a visually not-boring way. — Erik Bustillo


The research and clinical reasoning have helped me be a better practitioner and educate my patients at a higher level. — Jared Covarrubias


Lecturing about sports nutrition, and it helped me to find the information I need for my students without spending hours searching for references myself. — Mike Bikov


ERD helps me keeping up to date on most science topics regarding fitness nutrition, so I have more time to be there for my clients. — Mark Maslow


ERD has kept me on top of the most relevant and evidence-based approaches to dietary needs and supplementation for the last 5 years. I’ve utilized your literature for my own use and my clients’ needs. Invaluable. — Ariel Zeigler


I’m a Registered Dietitian and it helps me tremendously stay up to date. It’s the perfect amount of detail and perspective; worth so much more than what I’m paying — Dan Feldman



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ERD is your full-time team of experts

We examine the research and analyze the findings for you in plain English.

For that purpose, we’ve tasked a team of complementary experts to painstakingly go through every study analysed for ERD — not once but thrice — as part of our peer-review process.

Why such an exhaustive approach?

We believe that having experts analyse a study then other experts review the analysis is key to keep our articles free of bias and oversights. More eyes assessing the data, then more eyes assessing the assessment of the data, ensures the quality and credibility you’ve come to expect from Examine.com.

With 5 contributing writers, 3 in-house editors, and a panel of expert reviewers, you can rely on us to bring you the most accurate assessment of the available research.

Dr. Gregory Lopez

MA in Molecular Biophysics, PharmD

Gregory Lopez is editor-in-chief for ERD. He obtained his master’s degree in molecular biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In his spare time, Greg pursues interests in meditation, psychology, philosophy, and swing dancing.

Dr. Stephan Guyenet

PhD

Stephan Guyenet is a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator who specializes in the neuroscience of obesity. He received a BS in biochemistry from the University of Virginia and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Washington, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying the neuroscience of obesity. His scientific publications have been cited by his peers more than 2,700 times.

Dr. Adel Moussa

PhD

As a physicist — as a science nerd at heart — Adel was dissatisfied with the information available when he became interested in training and in workout supplements. In those days, when Examine.com didn’t exist and the term “evidence-based” was used only in the courtroom, he created SuppVersity to write about the latest exercise, nutrition, and supplement science. As a reviewer for the Examine.com Research Digest, Adel makes sure that our articles are not just evidence-based but also pleasant to read and easy to understand, with a particular focus on clear illustrations of complex information.

Kamal Patel

MBA, MPH, PhD(c) in Nutrition

Kamal Patel is co-founder and director of Examine.com. He holds two master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, in business and in public health, and is on hiatus from a PhD in nutrition for which he’s investigated the link between diet and chronic pain. He’s published peer-reviewed articles on vitamin D and calcium, as well as on a variety of clinical research topics. He’s also been involved in research on fructose and liver health, on nutrition in low income areas, and on mindfulness meditation.



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