Erica Julson, MS, RDN

Co-Founder | Lead Editor | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Erica Julson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in sunny California. She has over a decade of experience in food writing and recipe development and is the proud founder of four blogs in the food and nutrition space. Erica has also been part of Healthline’s Nutrition Team and is an expert at translating research into helpful information for readers.

Credentials:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Education:

  • M.S in Nutritional Science – Cal State Los Angeles
  • B.S in Psychobiology – UCLA

Experience:

  • Over 14 years of experience in food and nutrition journalism.
  • Former medical nutrition writer for Healthline Nutrition.
  • Six years of experience working in research labs at UCLA and Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Co-author on four peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
  • Interviewed on many popular podcasts, featured on the local news, and quoted in magazines.

Recent Posts By Erica Julson, MS, RDN

Low FODMAP Diet Sample

Updated November 2019 What are FODMAPs? “FODMAP” refers to short-chain carbohydrates found in food that are rapidly fermented by gut bacteria (1).  It is an abbreviation for: Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols Types of FODMAPs...

Vegan Diet

What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and honey (1). What are the different types of vegan diets? Whole-food vegan: A vegan diet based on minimally processed foods (whole fruits, vegetables, grains,...

Rosacea

What is rosacea? A chronic, inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the face and is characterized by redness and pustules (small, pus-filled pimples) (1). How common is rosacea? Globally, about 5% of the adult population is affected by rosacea,...

Vitamin B12

Updated September 2020 What is vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 (also called cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in DNA synthesis, red blood cell production, and neurological function (1).  What does vitamin B12 do in the body? There are two...

Curcumin

Updated July 2020 What is curcumin? Curcumin is a curcuminoid, a family of active compounds found in turmeric (1). About 2-6% of turmeric’s dry weight is made up of curcuminoids, including curcumin (80%), demethoxycurcumin (18%), and bisdemethoxycurcumin (2%) (2)....

Hypertension

Updated April 2020 What is hypertension? Hypertension (another name for high blood pressure) is a common condition that significantly increases the risk for cardiovascular disease (1). What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the...

Iron

Updated March 2020 What is iron? Iron is a mineral that plays a major role in the transport of oxygen throughout the body via red blood cells (1). It forms a complex called heme, which is important for the functioning of many different proteins (2). What does iron do...

Ashwagandha

Updated March 2020 What is ashwagandha? Ashwagandha is an herb belonging to the Solanaceae (nightshade) family that has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote youthfulness and increase longevity (1). In Sanskrit, the word “ashwagandha” literally...

Low FODMAP Diet

Updated November 2019 What are FODMAPs? “FODMAP” refers to short-chain carbohydrates found in food that are rapidly fermented by gut bacteria (1).  It is an abbreviation for: Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols Types of FODMAPs...