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Unpacking Preconceptions About Packaged Foods
Food is emotional and, as dietitians, we acknowledge this emotional component when working with our clients. However, it’s easy to overlook the feelings we hold ourselves when it comes to recommending or avoiding certain foods and ingredients. Feedback from our December 2021 webinar “Lifting the Veil on How Food is Made: A Science-Based Discussion” suggests that even among health practitioners there is concern and/or uncertainty when it comes to processed foods and ingredients.

Our inaugural PepsiCo Lab & Learn series kicks off with an interactive event that focuses on unpacking the preconceptions around processed foods and then examining the science of food ingredients with an open mind. This introspective programming will encourage participants to look inward in order to ultimately improve nutrition practice.

This event will aim to:
1. Describe how personal biases impact (or influence) nutrition recommendations.
2. Identify common ingredients used during food & beverage processing and their function/usage, benefits, and safety.
3. Understand how food/beverage ingredients are regulated in the U.S.

This webinar is approved for 1.25 CPEUs and fulfills the CDR Ethics requirement.


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Shana Minei Spence, MS, RDN, CDN
Registered Dietitian and Owner @The Nutrition Tea LLC
Shana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in New York. She is an "all foods fit" dietitian. Life is already complicated, why restrict yourself unnecessarily? She creates a platform for open discussion on nutrition and wellness topics that are anti diet, Health at Every Size, non-weight centric related, considering all the information circulating around these days. Was she always interested in nutrition? No. In the not so long ago past, she worked in the fashion industry and hated it. She finally decided to make a change, go back to school and became involved in food policy and public health, where she currently works. In addition to this, she owns her business, The Nutrition Tea which provides consulting and counseling work.
Beth Johnson, MS, RDN
CEO and Founder @Food Directions
Beth Johnson brings over 25 years of food policy experience serving inside and outside the government, including the Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Agriculture, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and the National Restaurant Association, where she built strong relationships with a broad group of stakeholders and a unique and in-depth understanding of how industry can impact policy decisions. Over the years, Johnson has been involved in policy negotiations and development at the local, state, federal and international level. She also helped lead USDA’s work on CODEX and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Beth holds relationships with administration officials, agency career staff, key congressional offices as well as public health and consumer advocates that help pave the way for fruitful discussions for our clients. Johnson lives near Annapolis with her husband and two daughters.