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Editor's e-Note
Low-Sodium Diets

Dietitians and other nutrition professionals often recommend that clients eat very low-sodium diets (no more than 1,500 mg/day) if they have hypertension, prediabetes, diabetes, or other heart disease risk factors. But is such a recommendation a realistic goal in light of the fact almost all foods contain a certain amount of sodium, and restaurant and fast foods, which clients often eat, comprise harmful amounts?

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian features a guest commentary from Sharon Salomon, MS, RD, who shares her personal story of having to eat a very low-sodium diet and questions whether it’s at all possible for herself and her clients and patients.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at You’ll find the digital edition of the February issue, in which we feature tasty heart-healthy recipes from around the world in celebration of American Heart Month. You’ll also find the latest news and information relevant and reliable to daily practice.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Is Eating a Low-Sodium Diet Realistic?
By Sharon Salomon, MS, RD

I recently was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a vestibular (balance) disorder of the inner ear. Doctors say there’s no definitive known cause, and there are few treatments. However, the treatment my doctor recommended was to reduce my sodium intake to 1,500 mg/day because a low-sodium diet would equalize the pressure in my inner ear.

Meniere’s disease almost always is a progressive set of symptoms that includes vertigo (dizziness that often results in uncontrollable vomiting), constant tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears), aural fullness (a clogged or stuffy sensation in the ears), and possible hearing loss. These symptoms are not fun to live with, so if eliminating salt from my diet mitigates these symptoms, I’m all for it.

But is adhering to a reduced sodium diet of 1,500 mg/day realistic? Before I was diagnosed with Meniere’s, I never gave it much thought when I counseled clients and patients to follow such a restrictive dietary plan. Boy, have my eyes been opened.

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Continuing Education
New Webinar In Collaboration With Becky Dorner & Associates
Join us for a 2-credit joint webinar production, "Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: Nutrition Guidelines From Prevention to Management," on Wednesday, March 5 at 2 pm EST. Presented by Carolyn Jennings, MPH, RD, CDE, this webinar will provide an overview of the dietary guidelines for the various stages of CKD in diabetes and give tips on balancing these sometimes conflicting nutrient recommendations. Click here to register.

Live Webinar: Selling Health to Shoppers—Strategies for Dietitians
Join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 2 pm EST for a complimentary one-hour continuing education webinar that will explore the role supermarkets play in improving public health and influencing consumer purchasing decisions. Register free thanks to the support of Kellogg's MyBowl™.

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Other News
Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder
Researchers are looking at the potential links between obesity and Prader-Willi syndrome, according to a New York Times article.

Missing the Signs in a Boy's Eating Disorder
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on how eating disorders may present differently in males and why that can lead to a lack of diagnosis.

Report Links More Diseases to Smoking Tobacco
The surgeon general continues to add to the list of health problems associated with tobacco use, including type 2 diabetes, The Washington Post reports.
Field Notes
DFW Aiming to Be ‘World's Healthiest Airport’

Passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport can avoid diet turbulence and fuel their bodies with the right nutrients thanks to the healthful offerings available at any DFW restaurant. The airport has launched the marketing campaign “Eat Healthy at DFW” to support the effort of DFW concessionaires in providing healthful eating options. Concessionaires each are offering at least one low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, cholesterol-free, plant-based, or high-fiber entrée or menu item.

Examples of such options include the following:

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Food Sense by Bulletproof
This free app offers a food sensitivity test using a methodology developed by immunologist Arthur F. Coca, MD. When a person eats foods to which he or she is sensitive, heart rate will rise by 16 beats or more per minute. This app allows users to measure their hearts’ reactions to different foods and eliminate inflammation caused by incompatible foods. Learn more »

Find Me Gluten Free
This free app helps users eat gluten free. They can view local business ratings and reviews, access gluten-free menus, get directions, and call businesses right from the app. Also, they easily can view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast-food restaurants. Learn more »
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