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Editor's e-Note
Nutrition and Visual Function

No dietitian will argue that a healthful, nutrient-dense diet can help prevent chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And if one’s diet falls short of important nutrients, nutritional supplementation also may help. But how much does healthful eating and nutritional supplementation impact eye health, especially in athletes?

In this month’s e-News exclusive, Today’s Dietitian discusses the nutrients responsible for increased visual function in athletes and a supplement specifically designed to meet their needs and improve performance on the field.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the April issue that includes articles on the pescetarian diet, tofu’s culinary history, organic vs conventional foods, and antibiotics in meat. You can pick up a copy of the issue next month at the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition symposium if you're attending. You’ll find great news and information that’s relevant and relatable to daily practice. We welcome your feedback at Please enjoy the e-newsletter and don’t forget to follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter!

Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Eye Health for Athletes
By David Yeager

Among the various aspects of athletic performance, eye health rarely gets much attention. A stroll through any nutritional supplement aisle, a glance at any fitness-related magazine, or a quick Web search will feature pills and powders to help athletes bulk up, slim down, improve endurance, recover from exercise, increase alertness, and even maintain optimal gut health. But finding supplements for eye health requires a sharp eye. There’s some evidence, though, that nutritional supplements specifically for eye health can have measurable effects on visual function, which may translate to on-field performance.

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Other News
Vegetarians Who Eat Fish Could Reduce Colon Cancer Risk
Dropping red meat, and sticking to a plant-based diet that incorporates fish may be the key to preventing colorectal (colon and rectum) cancers, according to a seven-year study published in March, CNN reports.

10 Nutritionists Share McDonald’s Meals They’d Order
So you’re on that long road trip, with a growling stomach and few healthful snacks left. With only fast-food stops along the way, you’ve no choice but to hit those golden arches. A report from The Huffington Post referred to 10 nutritionists (who tend to avoid fast food like the plague) and asked them what their order would be in an urgent instance like this one.
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Field Notes
Marketing of Energy Drinks Placed on TV Channels that Appeal to Teens

Though the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against the consumption of energy drinks by teens, researchers at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that manufacturers market the bulk of their products on television channels that likely appeal to teen audiences. First author Jennifer Emond, PhD, and collaborators expanded their ongoing work on risk behaviors among teens and looked at the patterns of energy drink ad placements on TV over one year. They published their findings, “Patterns of Energy Drink Advertising Over US Television Networks,” in the Journal of Nutrition Education Behavior.

“These findings are relevant to anyone concerned about child health,” Emond says. “Results are also useful to inform the current regulatory debates regarding a ban on the marketing of energy drinks to adolescents. Our study was the first to quantify airtime devoted to energy drink ads on national network and cable television, and results suggest that energy drink manufacturers could alter their placement of ads on TV to avoid reaching a teen audience.”

The AAP advises against energy drink use among children and adolescents because it may result in serious health consequences for some youths. In addition, mixing energy drinks with alcohol is common practice. A previous study conducted by the Dartmouth group demonstrated that adolescents who had mixed energy drinks with alcohol at any point were four times as likely to engage in binge drinking as their peers who had never mixed energy drinks with alcohol.

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