Laura Acosta University of Florida

Laura Acosta

Senior Lecturer 914-523-7224
  • Gainesville FL UNITED STATES
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Laura Acosta specializes in clinical nutrition care, diagnosing malnutrition and the integration of fitness and nutrition.

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Laura Acosta's expertise is in clinical nutrition care, diagnosing malnutrition and the integration of fitness and nutrition for optimal wellness. Laura is a is a registered dietitian nutritionist with UF/IFAS.

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Nutrition
Green Tea
Tea Catechins

Media Appearances

Elevate Your Health With These Proven Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

U.S. News  online


Everyone’s drinking matcha these days. What is it, where did it come from and what are its health advantages? Matcha is a highly concentrated form of green tea, made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. All tea – black, green and oolong tea – comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but varies in how it is produced and handled.

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What’s the absolute worst food people eat?

Reader's Digest  online


Is gluten-free food healthier? Is low-carb the only way to lose weight? Is sugar the devil's food? You have questions. We have expert answers.

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What Is Reverse Dieting? Can It Help to Maintain Weight Loss?

U.S. News & World Report  online


If you've ever lost weight through dieting and then tried to maintain the weight loss, then you know how challenging that can be. One reason for this is that it's easy to want to indulge after weeks and months of counting calories, exercising more frequently and tracking what you eat.

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National Nutrition Month Advice: Eat More Fresh, Fewer Processed Foods

Growing America  online


Nutrients from fresh foods give you “more bang for your nutritional buck,” says a registered dietitian with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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Hepatotoxicity with High-Dose Green Tea Extract: Effect of Catechol-O-Methyltransferase and Uridine 5′-Diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A4 Genotypes

Journal of Dietary Supplements

Laura Acosta, et. al


The predominant catechin in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may be hepatotoxic in high doses. Our objective was to investigate the influence of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and uridine 5′-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A4 (UGT1A4) genotypes on changes in liver injury biomarkers in response to long-term, high-dose green tea extract (GTE) supplementation among postmenopausal women.

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The Effect of 12-Month Green Tea Extract Supplementation and Impact of Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Genotype on Blood Pressure in Women Who Are Post-menopause

Current Developments in Nutrition

Laura Acosta, et. al


Green tea extract is thought to have antihypertensive properties, potentially mediated by epigallocatechin gallate. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of GTE supplementation on blood pressure among postmenopausal women with elevated BP or hypertension. This study was a secondary analysis of the Minnesota Green Tea Trial, a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded trial in which healthy, postmenopausal women were randomized to consume GTE or placebo, daily for 12 months.

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