Jinan Banna PhD, RD

Associate Professor​

I am an Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I am also a registered dietitian and completed my dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

One thing you will quickly notice in spending time with me is that I LOVE to eat. I am particularly passionate about seeking out nutrient-dense local foods; on my first visit to Hawai‘i, I was eager to try lau lau, squid luau and poi. I also have a sweet tooth and love  nutritious desserts (think blended frozen banana, almond milk, matcha powder). My other passion is fitness; in my free time, I love to explore new hiking trails.

I’m excited to share information about food and health to spread the joy of eating food that is not only delicious, but also nourishing. If you are interested in eating more healthfully, feeling good, and maintaining a healthy weight, this site is for you. Yes, it IS possible to enjoy both your food and your health to the max–here’s to a good meal!


Jinan banna phd, rd

My research focus is on obesity prevention in underserved populations.

I speak on a variety of topics in the nutrition field at conferences, for groups of students and faculty at universities, and for community groups.

I teach courses in nutrition at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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The Power of Fruit and Veggies for Health and Beyond, WYAO Hawaii

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