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Editor's e-Note
Does Quinoa Have Competition?

It appears as though it does.

There’s an ancient, African whole grain that has been getting much press lately for its unique flavor, versatility, and abundant nutrient content. The name of this grain is teff. In its native Ethiopia, teff is ground into flour and fermented to make the spongy, sourdough bread injera, the country’s staple. Ethiopians also use teff to make porridge and alcoholic beverages. Today, teff is used as an ingredient in pancakes, cookies, breads, cereals, and snacks.

Learn more about this whole grain in this month’s e-News exclusive. After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the September issue, which includes articles on added sugars’ impact on heart health, cooking with whole grains, why some clients can’t tolerate dairy, and our annual dining guide featuring many of the best restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee. Make sure to visit some of these eateries cooking up Southern classics, ethnic specialties, and award-winning cuisine while attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo®. The staff members of Today’s Dietitian look forward to seeing you in Music City, so stop by booth 950 to say hello.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
The Richness of Teff
By Lindsey Getz
This ancient whole grain packs a significant nutritional punch.

Now that quinoa essentially has become a household name, another ancient whole grain is gaining in popularity: teff, a tiny grain native to Ethiopia. Teff is low in saturated fat and rich in vitamins and minerals. Its nutty flavor and crunchy texture add a unique taste to baked goods like pancakes, cookies, and breads. People can enjoy this versatile grain whole, steamed, boiled, or baked. But no matter how it’s incorporated into the diet, it adds significant nutritional value.

Teff provides about 70% of the calories Ethiopians consume. The grain is about the size of a poppy seed and ranges in color from dark reddish brown to yellowish brown to ivory. It’s naturally gluten-free and has become of great interest to those looking for new whole grains to add to their diet.

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Other News
To Label or Not to Label: The Facts About GMO Foods
When it comes to GMOs, there’s plenty of confusion among consumers. Recently the House of Representatives passed a hotly contested bill that would block states from requiring labels identifying food made with genetically modified ingredients. Called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Bill, it comes as a growing number of states take up legislation requiring GMO labeling. A Fox News report breaks down some of the facts surrounding the GMO labeling debate.

Teachers See Both Health and Academic Benefits of School Gardens
John J. Pershing Elementary School in Dallas is one of many schools in low-income neighborhoods that are partnering with REAL School Gardens, a program that helps schools plan and build gardens based on students' designs. The program works with teachers to help them adapt lesson plans to the garden environment. According to CNN, teachers at schools with REAL School Gardens report that their students seem more engaged in lessons, and show signs of better academic success.
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Tech & Tools
App Puts Nutrition Experts
in Clients’ Pockets

The ShopWell scoring system rates foods from 0-100 based on how well they match users’ health needs. Clients can set up a profile and tell ShopWell what they’re looking for. Do they want to eat a more heart-healthful diet? Are they avoiding gluten? Are they an athlete in training? This app shows health-conscious shoppers which foods are right for them. RDs create shopping lists that include users’ favorite brands and new nutritious options. Learn more »

Guide Lists the Most Commonly
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Are clients unsure about which nutritional supplements work for which conditions? Do the labels confuse them? The Supplements Guide app helps spell out with reference details what supplements they may need if they’re diagnosed with a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Learn more »
Continuing Education
Dietitians in the Health Care Classroom — Assessing Learning by Asking the Right Questions: Part Two of a Three-Part Series
In the second installment of a three-part series, learn about the importance of assessing learners' prior knowledge in the health care classroom setting, and how to choose teaching strategies that will help them better apply nutrition information to their daily lives 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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The purpose of this webinar, presented by Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, CNSC, LD, FAND, FASPEN, on Wednesday, September 23 at 2 pm EDT, is to provide practical strategies for criteria implementation and application through a case based format. This complimentary 1-credit continuing education webinar is brought to you through an unrestricted medical grant from Abbott Nutrition.

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Field Notes
Healthy Food Tips for Back-to-School Success

“Back to school” means getting back into a routine that helps students achieve success in the new school year. Research has shown that good nutrition, improved hydration, and proper sleep play significant roles in children’s academic success.

Mary Pat Turon-Findley, MS, RD, LD, a clinical dietitian in the division of nutrition therapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says multiple studies have shown that poor nutrition adversely affects school performance and overall achievement.

Because nutrition habits and food choices can change during the summer months, parents should start to prepare before the school year begins. Parents are encouraged to reboot good eating, hydration, and sleep habits at least one week before school starts.

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