About the Author

Kristen N. Smith, PhD, RDN, LD

Kristen N. Smith, PhD, RDN, LD, has been the Executive Editor of Environmental Nutrition since 2018. As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kristen is experienced in the areas of weight management, health promotion, and eating disorder prevention and treatment. She holds a BS in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky, a PhD in Nutrition Science from the University of Minnesota and is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. She has written for peer-reviewed scientific journals, research-focused blogs, and various newsletters. She is also the co-author of The High Protein Vegetarian Cookbook: Hearty Dishes Even Carnivores Will Love.

As a PhD in Nutrition Science, Kristen specializes in the area of nutrition translation. She is skilled at taking the latest nutrition research and translating it into tailored and usable messaging for a variety of audiences, ranging from consumers to researchers to other health care professionals. Kristen has provided nutrition consulting services (including technical and medical writing) for research organizations, corporate settings, and within school districts to offer evidence-based nutritional support.  

Articles by Kristen N. Smith, PhD, RDN, LD


Articles Medically Reviewed by Kristen N. Smith, PhD, RDN, LD

A Healthy, Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Whether you have access tomatoes fresh from the garden, the grocery store, or even canned tomatoes, there is so much potential for this healthy, delicious ingredient. Tomatoes are a very versatile ingredient, but a favorite recipe that can be used for a multitude of dishes is tomato sauce. This easy … Read More

Do You Have Heartburn? Try a GERD Elimination Diet

If you suffer from chronic heartburn, certain foods may be to blame. But the foods that trigger heartburn in one person can be different than the foods that cause heartburn symptoms in another person. So how do you figure out which foods to avoid with heartburn? You may want to try a short elimination … Read More

What Are Whole Grains?

There are many reasons why a diet that includes whole grains benefits your health. Nowadays, you can find the label “whole grain” almost everywhere. This overused label can be confusing. Is it really a marker of a healthy product? How do you know which products actually contain true, healthy whole grains and … Read More

What Is Leptin? It May Be the Key to Unlocking Fat Loss

Officially discovered in 1994, leptin is a hormone that has quickly become known as a central player in controlling body fat Soon after, pharmaceutical companies rushed to get leptin-like drugs to market, thinking they finally had the miracle weight loss pill that could end the obesity epidemic (and make them … Read More
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