Mary Scourboutakos - Headshot - October 2015

Dr. Mary Scourboutakos (pronounced SCORE – BA – TACOS) is a nutrition expert with a PhD from the University of Toronto. Mary is a Vanier Scholar whose research has been published in prestigious medical journals and has helped influence public policy at City Hall and Queen’s Park. In addition, Mary is an avid science communicator who is devoted to spreading the word about the importance of eating-well as a means to live optimally. She has appeared on CBC (TV & radio), CTV, CP24 and TVO.


My Story…

My interest in nutrition began when as a young child, I observed my Mom cooking…

1 yr old Mary on Kitchen Counter-1990

Okay, for real, my interest in (or rather, obsession with) nutrition started with a science fair project when I was 16….

Mary at the Science Fair - 2006

From there I pursued my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, double majoring in nutritional sciences and music. When I graduated in 2011…

Mary's Graduation from U of T - 2011

…I created a fruit sculpture to celebrate…

Mary with Fruit Sculpture

…and then started my PhD at U of T, where I conducted public health research that investigated the nutritional quality of restaurant foods…

Mary and McDonalds Sign

… and interventions to promote healthy eating, like menu-labelling.

Mary and Menu-Labelling

In 2016, I completed my PhD and currently continue to do research.


Overall, my goal is to promote healthy eating as a means to live optimally…(note the fruit in my hand…not the words on my t-shirt)…

Picture of Mary with Bananas

…and hopefully clarify some of the confusion that surrounds nutrition.

Mary in the Grocery Store

In my spare time I enjoying playing the piano, tennis, yoga, running, walking, reading, embroidery and writing. If you have any comments, thoughts or suggestions, please feel welcome to contact me at: maryscourboutakos [at] gmail.com

Me Playing the Piano at Massey

Photo Credit: Milan Ilnyckyj


If you’d like to to learn even more about me, I was recently profiled in a newsletter from my Alma Mater, you can view it here.

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