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Editor's e-Note
Walking Away from Beef

In May, I decided to replace my once-a-week beef burger dinner with a veggie burger meal to begin lowering my saturated fat intake. I found two veggie burger flavors I like, and so far I haven’t returned to beef. But I must admit that after eating beef burgers for many years, I had to get used to the taste of veggie burgers. To boost their flavor, I top them with lettuce and tomato, ketchup, and mustard—the same condiments I used on my beef burgers. And they’re delicious.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian interviewed RDs who shared some of their tastiest veggie burger toppings. There’s even a recipe for adventurous types who wish to make their own veggie burger from scratch, using farro, white beans, and other plant-based ingredients.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at where you can read the latest news and information relevant to daily practice as well as our digital edition of the September issue, which features some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta in our annual dining guide. Be sure to visit some of these eateries while attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo next month. We welcome your feedback at Enjoy the e-Newsletter, and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Dressing Up Veggie Burgers
By Sharon Palmer, RDN

Plant-based eating is rising in popularity. Even if people don’t want to follow a total vegetarian diet, they’re increasingly engaged in eating more meatless meals. In fact, according to The Vegetarian Resource Group’s 2012 survey, 47% of the population eats vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time.1 People are consuming more meat-free meals for many reasons, including concerns about personal health, the environment, and the humane treatment of animals.

Diana Rice, RD, a dietitian for The Monday Campaigns, which includes Meatless Monday, says, “We’re seeing an increased interest in plant-based eating, especially from flexitarians who don’t plan to give up meat altogether. And I’ve seen more RDs take notice and incorporate the Meatless Monday concept into their work, whether it’s a community class on healthful eating taught by a supermarket RD, a hospitalwide initiative to combat antibiotic resistance introduced by foodservice RDs, or as a strategy to get quick, healthful meals onto the dinner table promoted by an RD author.”

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Latest research on the healthful benefits of blueberries

Therapeutic diet ordering privileges: feedback on the CMS’ landmark ruling
Other News
Coffee May Not Be as Bad
as Experts Once Believed

New research suggests coffee actually may be good for you—if you follow the rules, TIME reports.

Research Asks Whether Breakfast
is Overrated

While popular opinion suggests that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, scientific support for that idea is meager, suggesting that skipping breakfast may not affect weight, according to a study reported by The New York Times.
Continuing Education
Learn about curcumin and its potential role in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory diseases in this month's issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CPEUs!

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Field Notes
Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes May Contribute to Obesity

Many Americans need extraordinary willpower to avoid becoming obese—or to slim down if they already weigh too much. For members of minority groups, maintaining a healthy weight can be that much harder, according to new research led by Luis Rivera, PhD, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark.

Rivera says it’s common for minorities in the United States to endure negative stereotypes—pervasive messages that suggest those groups are inferior—and that these attitudes can prevent people from doing what’s needed to care for their health.

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Tech & Tools
Cutting Calories
Cal Cutter by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is a free app for iOS, Android, and the Web. It can help make home cooks aware of the calories in the dishes they serve. The app also provides tips for reducing calories, substituting ingredients with healthier options, healthier cooking methods, and reasonable portion sizes. Learn more »

Fitness in Seven Minutes Flat
Using nothing more than a chair, a wall, and your own body weight, the 7 Minute Workout “Seven” With High Intensity Interval Training Challenge is based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit of working out regularly in the shortest time possible. The app by Perigee guides you through the workouts with illustrations, visual timers, spoken instructions, and even tactile feedback to switch between 30 seconds of intense exercise and 10 seconds of rest. Learn more »
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