2021 Article Archive
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November/December 2021 Issue
Holiday Foods From Around the World
Ever wonder what it would be like to celebrate the holidays in India, or Syria, or Cuba? RDs with heritage from across the globe share their favorite celebratory traditions and scrumptious recipes.
Expanded Roles in Diabetes Care
Dietitians who are experts in diabetes care discuss how the specialty has changed and the new and exciting niches for RDs in the field.
Nutrition’s Impact on Mental Health
Difficult to treat, psychological disorders impact a significant portion of the global population. Research is limited, but there may be a place for diet interventions in disorder management.
MNT for Long COVID Patients
Although what’s been termed “long COVID” still is poorly understood, emerging research suggests nutrition may play a role in alleviating some symptoms of this mysterious syndrome.
Spotlight on the Southern Diet
This long-maligned dietary pattern comes with lots of misconceptions—but forgoing the myths surrounding it will go a long way toward counseling clients effectively.
CPE Monthly: Digestive Enzymes and Nutrition
This continuing education course reviews the role of digestive enzymes, describes food and
supplement sources of digestive enzymes, and discusses their potential benefits and risks for a variety of health conditions.
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October 2021 Issue
West Indian Plant Foods
Further your cultural knowledge with a primer on the history of the Caribbean islands and their vibrant and versatile staples and produce.
Sustainability and Planetary Health
Strategies for responding to The Global Syndemic of climate change, undernutrition, and obesity are good for people and planet.
Sports Nutrition for Bariatric Athletes
Not many RDs are aware of the needs of this unique population, for which proper fueling can require an extremely delicate balance.
Plant-Based Meat Alternatives
As this market grows larger, dietitians may be wondering how to advise their clients on the healthfulness of these foods.
Helping SNAP Shoppers Make Healthful Choices
Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program face numerous barriers to purchasing healthful foods. All dietitians can help, but there’s a singular role for retail RDs.
CPE Monthly: Functional Foods’ Role in Chronic Disease Prevention
This continuing education course reviews functional foods and their potential role in chronic disease prevention and provides recommendations RDs can make to clients.
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August/September 2021 Issue
Are their health claims based in fact or fiction? Today’s Dietitian explores the popularity of these drinks and the evidence surrounding their potential benefits.
The COVID-19 Vaccine & Diabetes
With the risks that COVID-19 presents for people with diabetes, counseling and education about vaccination are paramount.
Mindfulness and Heart Health
Unlike many trends, mindfulness is all the rage for good reason—evidence suggests it can lower stress and help clients prevent and recover from cardiovascular events.
Dietitians From All Backgrounds Wanted
Five RDs from underrepresented groups speak out about how to diversify the profession to improve patient care.
Atypical Anorexia Nervosa
This form of anorexia often hides in plain sight, and recognizing it requires RDs and eating disorder practitioners to think differently about what the disorder looks like.
CPE Monthly: Arsenic in Food
This continuing education course reviews the estimated levels of arsenic in the food supply, the links between arsenic exposure and disease, populations at risk, and recommendations for limiting exposure.
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June/July 2021 Issue
Get the lowdown on these red-, black-, and purple-hued whole grains that have their own unique health benefits.
COVID’s Impact on the Foodservice Industry
Despite myriad hurdles, dining establishments are serving up innovations that may change the industry forever.
Reducing SSB Intake — An Interprofessional Approach
Today’s Dietitian examines ways to recruit primary care physicians, dentists, and other health care professionals to decrease kids’ consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Trauma-Informed Nutrition Care
Some past experiences impede treatment, but RDs can take steps to create a safer space for clients.
MNT in Chronic Kidney Disease
A personalized, healthful diet can help stave off or prevent negative outcomes.
CPE Monthly: Intermittent Fasting
This continuing education course identifies and examines the basic guidelines for various methods of intermittent fasting and discusses evidence, potential benefits, contraindications, and possible downsides.
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May 2021 Issue
The Med Diet Made Easy
RDs have heard many songs of high praise sung about the Mediterranean diet—and likely joined the chorus themselves. Here’s how to bring the eating pattern down to Earth for clients and make it work for them.
Children With Disabilities and Obesity
Kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders often face a higher risk of developing overweight and obesity, but there are dietary and physical activity interventions that can help.
It’s a big, wide world of milk alternatives out there, and without navigation tools it can be easy to get lost. Today’s Dietitian reviews the market of these plant-based beverages and provides tips for helping clients find their way to the best choices.
New Guidance for IBS
It’s been a long time coming, but the American College of Gastroenterology finally has published thorough recommendations for diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome.
The Many Faces of Prediabetes
Fascinating new research has identified significant differences among subphenotypes of prediabetes, each of which has its own unique presentation and risk of morbidity and mortality.
CPE Monthly: Night Eating Syndrome
This continuing education course reviews the primary characteristics of night eating syndrome, a challenging but relatively unknown form of disordered eating that negatively and significantly impacts an individual’s metabolic functioning, mood, weight, sleep, and overall well-being.
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April 2021 Issue
Is consumer concern about these plant food compounds warranted, or is eschewing them just part of another fad?
Electrolytes’ Role in Optimal Hydration
Inadequate fluid and electrolyte replacement can be deleterious to athletic performance. Find out how to help athletes navigate current guidelines and the market of electrolyte products.
Pregnancy Weight Gain
With obesity associated with negative health outcomes for developing fetuses and mothers-to-be, it’s prudent for RDs to know what’s appropriate weight gain during pregnancy and how to counsel clients.
The “Magic” of Matcha
This vividly hued tea variety has found its way into lattes, ice cream, curry, baked goods, and more, not just because of its earthy flavor but also its purported health benefits. Popular as it may be, does it live up to the hype?
Cranberry Products & UTIs
In light of FDA approval of new qualified health claims set to appear on some cranberry products, Today’s Dietitian revisits the positive relationship between these foods and urinary tract infections.
CPE Monthly: Aphrodisiac Foods
This continuing education course reviews the potential for food to be used as an aphrodisiac, including history and traditional uses and modern-day research about food’s ability to boost libido and enhance sexual health.
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March 2021 Issue
Like so many other botanicals, mushrooms are enjoying the mantle of functional and/or adaptogenic ingredients, especially in the form of powders and extracts in beverages and supplements. Do the claims hold any water?
In our 12th year of recognizing dedicated and deserving dietitians, Today’s Dietitian highlights some of the best and the brightest RDs who are advancing diversity and health equity, and exceptional patient care in all settings, including public and community health, and more.
COVID-19 and the Role of Micronutrients
The evidence is stronger for some than others, but several micronutrients may have surprising significance in helping to prevent coronavirus infection and severe COVID-19 complications.
Plant-Based Labels & Certifications
There’s no broad agreement as to what “plant-based” means, so, naturally, front-of-pack labels bearing this claim have created some confusion. Here’s how some organizations are trying to bring clarity and formal certification to these seals.
The Flexitarian Diet
Looking for a diet that focuses on plants without the restrictions of vegetarianism or veganism, some consumers and RDs have carved out an eating pattern on the plant-based continuum that still may benefit health and the environment.
CPE Monthly: Understanding Lectins
This continuing education course examines lectins’ potential negative effects on the digestive tract and possible role in inflammation, as well as any positive effects their consumption may have.
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February 2021 Issue
Heart Health & COVID-19
Cardiovascular damage is a serious, often-overlooked, and potentially permanent complication of COVID-19. Knowledgeable RDs can help improve patient care with good nutrition.
Cultural Humility in Food & Nutrition
Part of making the food system more equitable and nutrition counseling more effective is stepping out of the way and letting individuals from various cultures speak for themselves.
These popular dishes can include almost any food, meaning they easily can go from a nutritious and filling start to the day to an unhealthful fast-food dish. Here’s how to counsel clients.
Update on Osteoporosis
Today’s Dietitian takes a look at the latest research on preventing and treating this all-too-common bone disease.
Nutrition Support in Lyme Disease Treatment
While much of the evidence still is emerging, there’s some optimism to be had for nutrition’s role in supporting relief of Lyme disease symptoms.
CPE Monthly: Cancer and the Alkaline Diet
This continuing education course examines the relationship between cancer and the alkaline diet through the lens of cellular metabolism and compares common restrictions of the diet with evidence-based recommendations.
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January 2021 Issue
As leaders and experts in food and nutrition, RDs have the power and responsibility to help clients shift toward health-promoting and environmentally sound dietary patterns.
Nutrition Counseling During COVID-19
As the novel coronavirus pandemic drags on into 2021, dietitians reflect on how their practices, messaging, and counseling strategies have evolved.
Social Media’s Latest Happenings
With social media, the only constant is change, and it can be tough for even the most tech-savvy RDs to keep up. Here’s the latest on the platforms and how to use them.
Shaping Better Nutrition Messages
Some longstanding but nonspecific nutrition messages may do more harm than good if RDs don’t break them down for clients. Here’s how the dietetics community can do better.
Diet’s Role in Opioid Recovery
Can good nutrition really influence recovery from opioid use disorder? Today’s Dietitian looks at the current evidence and future directions for research and counseling.
CPE Monthly: Health Benefits of Seeds
This continuing education course examines the role seeds play in the modern diet, reviews nutrition content of seed categories, and explores potential health benefits of including these foods in the diet.
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