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Tomatoes: The best liked but least recognized super food

Leveraging America's favorite non starchy vegetable to meet 2010 DGA vegetable recommendations.


Aired March 15, 2011

This webinar describes at least three nutritional benefits of increased vegetable consumption in the American diet; discusses the rationale for the addition of the Red-Orange Vegetable subgroup to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines; describes the unique nutritional profile of tomatoes; discusses current and emerging research about the relationship of tomatoes and tomato products to health; and identifies at least three strategies health professionals can use to encourage clients to meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans vegetable guidelines.



Britt Burton-Freeman PhD, MS
Director of Nutrition and Health Promoting Foods platform leader
National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST)
Illinois Institute of Technology
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Kristin J. Reimers, PhD, RD
Manager of Nutrition
ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE
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Britt Burton-Freeman PhD, MS

Britt Burton-Freeman, Ph.D. is the Director of Nutrition and Health Promoting Foods platform leader at the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Freeman has been involved in obesity and metabolic disease research for over 15 years, including basic science and clinical research in academic, biotechnology and drug development settings.


Dr. Freeman's current research interests are in mitigating disease process through dietary approaches focused on the health promoting properties of whole foods. Specific disease targets are vascular disease and obesity, including food intake regulation. In her current appointment, she leads a public health initiative with FDA/CFSAN to develop and provide underpinning science for comprehensive approaches using innovative processing solutions to support the availability of safe food with health opportunities.


Dr. Freeman is an active member of multiple professional societies dedicated to health and disease abatement including the American Society for Nutrition, the Obesity Society and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Dr. Freeman earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition Science with an emphasis in Endocrinology and Physiological Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.


Kristin J. Reimers, PhD, RD

Kristin J. Reimers, PhD, RD, is Manager of Nutrition at ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE, where her work focuses primarily on health and nutrition initiatives—such as nutrition research, communications, claims, and initiatives—designed to help consumers understand how using healthful, convenient products can make it easier for them to achieve their lifestyle goals. In her role of coordinating research on products like Hunt’s tomatoes, Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn and Healthy Choice meals, Reimers helps bring to light the benefits and ease of incorporating healthier products into typical American eating patterns.


Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Reimers was Director of Programs/Community Services at The Center for Human Nutrition, Omaha, NE where she conducted nutrition research and developed programs in the areas of obesity, hydration, sports nutrition and wellness.


For 13 years, Reimers was a nutrition consultant to the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton University athletic departments. Reimers had the opportunity to provide services to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the 1997 U.S. Ski Team, USA Track and Field athletes, and the Philadelphia Flyers.


Reimers’ publications include over 50 publications including chapters in textbooks, professional journal articles, invited articles and columns, and several obesity publications approved for continuing education for health care professionals. She holds professional memberships in the American Dietetic Association and the American Society for Nutrition.


After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Reimers earned masters and doctoral degrees in human nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.











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