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Editor's e-Note
Is There Gluten in My Lipstick?

Clients and patients with celiac disease know they must avoid gluten in the foods they eat at all costs to live healthfully, but they might not know that they also must avoid gluten even in certain nonfood products they may use each day. This is also where dietitians can help.

In this month’s e-News exclusive, Today’s Dietitian discusses the types of nonfood items that may contain gluten, what ingredients to look for on product labels, and where to turn for additional information.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the May issue that includes articles on celiac disease and bone health, retail RDs Mediterranean diet programs, lactose intolerance, and health coaching. This month the staff of Today's Dietitian kicked off its second annual Spring Symposium May 17 to 20 at the Tropicana Las Vegas where attendees enjoyed networking opportunities and continuing education sessions presented by their peers. The symposium was a huge success. We welcome you to read all about it in our upcoming July issue, in which we'll feature the highlights and photos from the event.

Until then, please enjoy the e-Newsletter and Today’s Dietitian’s website. We welcome your feedback at, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Hidden Gluten in Nonfood Products
By Leesha Lentz

Patients with celiac disease often ask dietitians about gluten-free meal planning and preparation and strategies for dining out. But what many clients may not realize is that gluten can hide in nonfood products they may use every day, and also must avoid.

There are recommendations for following a gluten-free diet and rules food manufacturers must adhere to when promoting products as gluten-free, but there are no clear, easy-to-follow rules for nonfood items, says Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN, author of Gluten-Free, Hassle-Free and president of Total Wellness. And yet many ingestible nonfood products, such as supplements, drugs, lipstick, and toothpaste, may contain gluten and cause problems for those with celiac disease.

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Other News
How To Squeeze Weight Loss Habits Into a Busy Day
You probably hear from clients that they have no time to diet, that preparing healthful meals takes too much work, and they can’t find an hour to exercise. It's true: Healthy weight loss can be a time commitment, especially if clients are overweight thanks to a job that keeps them sedentary for much of the day or a schedule that lends itself to fast food and unhealthful snacking. According to a report from CNN, there are ways to fit healthful strategies into a packed schedule.

5 Tips for Skinnier Dips and Spreads
Who says dips and spreads are taboo when you’re dieting? Often, the ingredients in average dips contain too much fat and/or sugar. The trick is to pull off this warm-weather picnic favorite with strategic substitutes. As reported on Fox News, one dietitian presents five ways to lighten up your favorite dip and spread recipes without sacrificing taste.
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Field Notes
Research Identifies Barriers in Tracking Meals

Eating healthfully is a challenge on its own, so technology should ease that burden, not increase it, according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. Researchers studied how mobile-based food journals integrate into everyday life and specific challenges to using food-journaling technology. Their research suggests how future designs might make it easier and more effective.

The research study uncovered three problem areas: barriers to reliable food entry, negative nudges in current food journal apps, and challenges in social features. The findings resulted from data collected in a survey of 141 current and former food loggers as well as analysis of 5,526 public posts on the community forums of mobile-based MyFitnessPal, FatSecret, and CalorieCount.

“Community contributions to the databases allow journalers to publish nutritional entries themselves and create a diverse food base from which to pick, but they also raise concerns about reliability,” says Edison Thomaz, a researcher on the study and PhD candidate in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech.

Some users said logging meals took too much effort and was time consuming. They sometimes loosely followed recipes or only ate partial portion sizes, making it difficult to log meals. Another issue was that food databases contained inaccuracies, common foods that were missing, or had multiple listings for a single food because of user-generated listings.

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Achieve a Healthy Weight Loss
Fooducate could be your clients’ diet toolbox. This food scanner and diet tracker app helps dieters lose weight by eating real food, tracking their progress, and getting them motivated through an online community. Plus, with the latest version, there’s a new section dedicated to recipes that users can upload, add to a health tracker, and share with the community. Learn more »

Ease the Worry of Dining Out
Restaurant Nutrition by Foundation HealthCare Network is a great guide when eating out and can help dieters choose healthier options in a pinch. Users can look up nutrition information from more than 100 popular restaurants and more than 15,000 food items. Clients also can journal their eating habits to track food items, calories, and other nutrition information. It’s available for the iPhone and Android, and allows users to hide menu items with selected food allergies. A handy map feature allows users to find nearby restaurants. Learn more »
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