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Growers Fret Over New Apple That Won’t Brown
A small company is trying to bring to market a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t turn brown when sliced or bruised. But it has much of the rest of the apple industry seeing red, according to The New York Times.

Drought Expected to Drive Up Price of Dairy
The heat and drought ravaging much of the nation will soon be hitting America at the supermarket counter: Cheese and milk prices will rise first, and corn and meat probably aren’t far behind, reports USA Today.
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Managing food allergies in schools

The facts about sweeteners

Overcoming barriers to consuming
whole grains

Nutrition’s role in sarcopenia prevention

Nutrigenetics: How genes and diet play
a role in disease risk
Editor's E-Note
Ending Fat Talk

At one time or another, we’ve all been guilty of this: We look at ourselves in the mirror and frown. We believe our tummy, hips, and thighs are too fat, and we complain about this to our girlfriends and anyone else who’ll listen. It seems to be a habit we just can’t break, especially college-age women.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian addresses these negative conversations collegiate women have among themselves, referring to them as “fat talk.” Dietitians discuss the programs they’ve developed at various universities, strategies to promote positive body images among young women, and ways you can participate in their efforts.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
E-News Exclusive
Timberline Knolls
The Power of Negative Words
By Christin L. Seher, MS, RD, LD

Programs that change the way women talk about their bodies may have positive health effects.

“Does this shirt make me look fat?” Toni asked.

“Not as fat as these shorts make my legs look,” Brittany retorted. “Look at this!”

“I think your legs look fine,” Toni assured. “But this top is so tight around my stomach, I look like a whale.”

“If I could just lose 10 lbs,” Brittany sighed, “then maybe I’ll be able to fit into these shorts.”

Conversations like this are daily occurrences between friends and family members, and researchers around the world are increasingly scrutinizing these discussions.

Labeled as “fat talk,” dialogue during which body weight is discussed in ways that reinforce sociocultural perceptions of the ideal body, promote the desire to be thin, and contribute to body dissatisfaction, may seem harmless to the millions who engage in it. But new research shows that frequently participating in fat talk, which tends to be negative, can be damaging. A study published in February in the Journal of Applied Communication Research links fat talk to harmful health effects, such as body dissatisfaction and depression.1 Interestingly, it seems as though the action of engaging in fat talk, rather than simply hearing it, has the most negative effects,1 indicating that these conversations aren’t as harmless as they seem.

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Field Notes
Timberline Knolls
Timberline KnollsStudy May Explain How Exercise Improves
Heart Function in Diabetics

A detailed study of heart muscle function in mice has uncovered evidence to explain why exercise is beneficial for heart function in type 2 diabetes. The research team, led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that greater amounts of fatty acids used by the heart during stressful conditions such as exercise can counteract the detrimental effects of excess glucose and improve the diabetic heart’s pumping ability in several ways. The findings also shed light on the complex chain of events that lead to diabetic cardiomyopathy.

The study, described in an article published online in Diabetes, was conducted in a mouse model of type 2 diabetes and focused on the exchange of energy within heart muscle cells. The researchers looked at the impact of glucose and fatty acids, which are different types of “fuel” that provide energy to the cells, and how those affect heart muscle function.

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