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Bonny Burns-Whitmore

Bonny Burns-Whitmore’s research investigates how food/food components (such as vegetables, choline, folate, fish oil, nuts and seeds (including walnuts, pistachios and chia) may affect blood lipids and body composition in healthy individuals. She is also interested in how n-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins are related to weight loss, muscle gain and good health.


Her current studies include:

  • Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic Fatty Acids in the Vegan and Strict Vegetarian Diets: Do they require Dietary Reference Intake/Adequate Intake Special Consideration?
  • The Healthy Veterans Intervention
  • The Overweight/Obesity Chia Study
  • Assessment and educational intervention regarding maternal knowledge of vitamin D and calcium sources
  • Roles of fortified cereal and MTHR genotype

Proposed topics:

  • Microbiome and probiotic effect on IBS/IBD
  • Citrus and antioxidant status-does it matter if you juice, squeeze or eat the complete fruit?

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Co-PI with D. Vera, M. Chon, A. Smith, E. Tai, K. Farias, M. Elamand G. Khayef, The Chia Study,      2016
  • Co-PI with Dr. Oliak and graduate students R. McDorman and H. Garcia, The Bariatric Body Composition and Vitamin Supplement Study, 2016
  • Co-PI with Sung A, *Wu H,The Chia Feedingg Study (a pilot cross-over study), 2014-2016
  • Co-PI with J. Tao, G. Davidov-Pardo, E. Cullen and Y. Li, Edible Insect Study, 2014-2017
  • Co-PI with M. Johnson, Avocado Study, 2011-2013Co-PI with Dr. L. Hall, The Cal Polys Pistachio Study,2012-2017
  • Co-PI with J. Hipsley, The Pasta Study,2016-2018
  • Co-PI with A. Reynaga, The Resistant Starch Potato Study, 2016-2017
  • CoPI with M. Aljamal and K. Mitchell, Mediterranean Diet Study, 2011- 2013

Selected Publications:

  • With A. Lopez, D. Edens and L.A. Kessler, “An evaluation of the factors influencing participation in the National School Lunch Program for Latino students during middle and high school,” CA Journal of Health Promotion, December 2018
  • With J. Tao, G. Davidov, E. Cullens and O. Yao, “Effects of Edible Insect Ingredients on the Physicochemical and Sensory Properties of Extruded Rice Products,” Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, 3: 263 – 278, 2017
  • With A.H. Bushnell, A.H. Towne, S. Roy and L.M. Hall, “Pistachio Consumption at 20% of Energy Does Not Significantly Change Body Composition, Blood Pressure or Blood Lipids but Improves Diet Quality in Free-Living, Healthy College-Aged Women Improves Diet Quality in Free-Living, Healthy College-Aged Women,” Food and Nutrition Journal, 6:1-11, 2017
  • With L. Meeks, A. Reynaga, C. Worland, E. Jo, S. Dunn and M. Wein “Four-week pedometer-metered step walking decreases waist and hip circumference in healthy college students: A pilot study,” Californian J of Health Promotion15(1):1-12, 2017
  • With L. Olivares and L.A. Kessler, Retaining dietetic undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds through mentoring and professional development,” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,115(5 Supp):S10-5, 2015 (reprinted)
  • With A.A. West, Y. Shih, W. Wang, K. Oda, K. Jaceldo-Siegl, J. Sabaté, E. Haddad, S. Rajaram and M.A. Caudill, “Egg n-3 Fatty Acid Composition Modulates Biomarkers of Choline Metabolism in Free-Living Egg Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Women of Reproductive Age,” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1594–1600, 2014


B.S., Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, La Sierra University

M.P.H. and Dr.P.H., Public Health Nutrition, Loma Linda University

Registered Dietician, Ventura Department of Health



Conversational Spanish

Understand Swedish and Yiddish-do not speak either

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