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Challenging Whiteness and the Mediterranean Diet

Challenging Whiteness and the Mediterranean Diet

In this episode, Dr. Katherine Burt delves into how the Mediterranean diet plan is a white diet that perpetuates racist systems of oppression through being framed as the gold standard of healthy eating. She also discusses the need to diversify the field of dietetics and better include culturally rich food into dietary recommendations. 


Katherine Burt Gardner Burt, PhD, RD is an assistant professor and Undergraduate Program Director of the Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition Program at Lehman College, City University of New York. Dr. Burt is a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist who teaches courses in cultural humility, cultural foodways, and professional practice. Dr. Burt’s research explores how systemic racial bias and the normativity of whiteness impact the dietetics profession and dietary recommendations.



In this episode, Dr. Katherine Burt delves into how the Mediterranean diet plan is a white diet that perpetuates racist systems of oppression through being framed as the gold standard of healthy eating. She also discusses the need to diversify the field of dietetics and better include culturally rich food into dietary recommendations. 


Katherine Burt Gardner Burt, PhD, RD is an assistant professor and Undergraduate Program Director of the Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition Program at Lehman College, City University of New York. Dr. Burt is a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist who teaches courses in cultural humility, cultural foodways, and professional practice. Dr. Burt’s research explores how systemic racial bias and the normativity of whiteness impact the dietetics profession and dietary recommendations.



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