Gail Rampersaud

Nutrition & Health

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Florida Department of Citrus

Gail Rampersaud’s position is part of and supports the activities of the Scientific Research Department at the Florida Department of Citrus. Her position includes assistance with planning, developing, and overseeing the Department’s sponsored scientific research projects, developing and reviewing nutrition and health outreach materials for consumers and health professionals regarding the nutrition and health benefits of citrus fruit and 100% juice, and delivering presentations to consumer, health professional, and citrus industry groups. Ms. Rampersaud also follows national policy issues related to nutrition and health, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Ms. Rampersaud has a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Florida. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Over her almost 2 decades of work in this field, she has served as the lead or co-author on a number of peer-reviewed articles relating to the benefits of the vitamin folate, beverage consumption in children and adolescents, nutrient density of fruit and fruit juices, comprehensive narrative review articles concerning the health benefits of breakfast for children and adolescents, and the nutrition and health benefits of citrus juices. She has made numerous presentations to consumer and health professional groups, including the American Society for Nutrition, National Parent Teacher Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and Florida Dietetic Association.

Gail’s Presentations and Publications

Scientific Presentations

Rampersaud GC. The benefits of breakfast for children and adolescents: Update and recommendations for practitioners. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (2009).Rampersaud, GC. Childhood Obesity: Can Breakfast Make a Difference ? – 2010 Family and Consumer Sciences Summit, Cooperative Extension, IFAS, Ocala, FL. February (2010).Rampersaud, GC. Vitamin C: Science Update and Keeping the ‘C’ in Your Recipes. – Webinar sponsored by the Food and Culinary Professionals practice group of the American Dietetic Association, January (2010).Rampersaud, G., From the FDA to the Dietary Guidelines: Update on Current Issues Related to Health And Nutrition, – 61st Annual Citrus Processors’ and Subtropical Technology Conference, Lake Alfred, FL, October, (2010).Rampersaud GC. Smart Start! The Health Benefits of Breakfast for Children and Adolescents. – Pre-conference workshop, Emerging Directions for Dietitians Feeding Florida’s Children. Florida Dietetic Association’s 74th Annual Symposium, Naples, FL, July (2009).Rampersaud, GC. Green Eggs and Ham? Exploring and Promoting the Health Benefits of Breakfast for Children and Adolescents. – Nutrition: Color Your World Green continuing education conference sponsored by the University of Florida Combined Master of Science-Dietetic Internship Program. Gainesville, FL (2009).Rampersaud GC. Start Smart! The Health Benefits of Breakfast for Children and Adolescents. – Webinar sponsored by the Breakfast Research Institute, April (2009).Rampersaud GC. The Science of Breakfast: Health Benefits of Breakfast for Children and Adolescents (invited presentation). – Tallahassee Dietetic Association meeting, Tallahassee, FL September (2008)Rampersaud GC. A comparison of nutrient density scores for 100% fruit juices. Journal of Food Science (2007).Rampersaud GC. A comparison of nutrient density scores for select 100 percent fruit juices – Institute of Food Technologists 2006 Annual Meeting + Food Expo. Orlando, FL July (2006).Rampersaud GC. Orange Juice: Best In Glass. School Nutrition Association Child Nutrition Conference, What’s New for You session. – Orlando, FL , January (2006).

Scientific Publications

Gail Rampersaud, Maria Filomena Valim, Sandy Barros 2012. Calculation and Comparison of Nutrient Density/Quality Scores for Commonly Consumed Fresh Fruit. Alim. Nutr. V23, n. 1 pp. 7-14.Rampersaud GC . The benefits of breakfast for children and adolescents: Update and recommendations for practitioners. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2009;3(2):86-103.Rampersaud GC . Citrus Health, Nutrition and Wellness Team Report on a Comparison of Nutrient Density Scores for Citrus Juices and Other Readily Available 100 Percent Fruit Juices. Internal publication of the Florida Department of Citrus, August 2007.Rampersaud GC . A comparison of nutrient density scores for 100% fruit juices. Journal of Food Science. 2007;72(4):S261-S266Rampersaud GC. “What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating”. Book review for Journal of the American Medical Association. 2006;297(2):2Rampersaud GC, Valim F, Barros S., 2006. White Paper on Immunity: Beneficial Role of Citrus. Internal publication of the Florida Department of Citrus.Rampersaud GC, Pereira MA, Girard BL, Adams J, Metzl JD. Breakfast habits, nutritional status, body weight and academic performance in children and adolescents. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2005;105:743-760.