Dietitian Tim Cassettari recently completed a literature review on plant protein and health outcomes – and the findings are set to revolutionise the way we think about this muscle-building nutrient. In the podcast, Tim outlines why the current list of essential amino acids might not be the only ‘essential’ amino acids after all. He also explores the latest evidence behind plant protein intake and health outcomes like mortality risk, diabetes, cognitive decline, body composition and satiety. Plus, Tim explains what these new findings mean for dietitians in practice and how they could impact the upcoming review of the dietary guidelines.



Mr Tim Cassettari, from Nutrition Research Australia, is an Accredited Dietitian and change-maker in global nutrition and human health. He has over a decade of experience conducting world class research and using story-telling to give it impact. He has also led national communication and education programs, nutrition strategies for some of Australia’s largest food brands, and health claim substantiations. His passion is solving nutrition problems using science, to help make the world a healthier place.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • The story of Tim’s impressive career journey so far
  • Whether or not the protein source matters when it comes to health outcomes
  • Why our understanding of essential vs. non-essential amino acids is changing
  • What the new research means for dietary guidelines
  • Practical ways dietitians can encourage consumers to eat more plant proteins in practice

Additional resources

Australian Dietary Guidelines contact list

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