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Editor's e-Note
Turkey Trivia

Have clients ever asked you what is the best, tastiest, or safest way to prepare a turkey? Well, in this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) dispels a couple of myths and answers some of the most common questions patients have about this traditional holiday bird.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the December issue, which includes articles on ruby red produce, the American Heart Association’s new sugar guidelines for children, pea protein, and medicinal herbal teas.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The staff of TD wishes all of you a wonderful, joyous holiday season!

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Talking Turkey
By Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN

Around this time of year, clients often have questions about turkey—America’s favorite holiday bird. Here are the facts behind some common turkey lore.

Brining Leads to a Juicier Bird
True. Muscle fibers contract when heated, squeezing out internal juices. The salt in brine breaks down muscle proteins so the fibers lose some of their ability to contract. A brined turkey, therefore, retains more internal moisture, leading to juicier meat. Soaking the bird in liquid brine will do the trick, but it also will increase water in the cells, so the finished product will be plump but watery and possibly bland. Many experts recommend using a dry brine. This is accomplished by putting salt in the cavity, rubbing salt under the skin, and letting the bird sit, uncovered, in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. (Brining longer yields even better results, but the bird should be covered loosely with plastic wrap or cheesecloth to prevent moisture loss if brining for more than 24 hours.) Kosher, enhanced, or self-basting turkeys already are treated with salt and shouldn’t be brined.1

Eating Turkey Makes You Sleepy 
False. Turkey is one of the higher sources of the essential amino acid tryptophan; it's converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin, which may be related to the promotion of slow-wave sleep. But, while ingesting tryptophan alone will increase serotonin levels in the brain, eating turkey will not. This is because turkey has lots of other amino acids that compete with tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier, and not much turkey tryptophan makes it to the brain. Add all of the carb-rich holiday meal sides and desserts, however, and things can change. The insulin released in response to carbohydrate intake helps both glucose and amino acids move into tissues. Since most tryptophan is bound to albumin in the bloodstream and doesn’t go into the tissues, it’s free to move into the brain now that it’s no longer competing with those other amino acids for a ride across the blood-brain barrier.2

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A study outlined by CNN shows that cooking at high temperatures, especially in oil, could increase heart disease risk.

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Feeding Fertility:
5 Things RDs Need to Know

Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT

Infertility is a disease that affects millions of people. In fact, one in eight couples experience some form of infertility.1 First though, what exactly is infertility?

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, defines infertility as “the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth.”1 Now, when looking at the terms as defined by the National Survey of Family Growth, you’ll often see the term “infertility” used to refer to married or cohabitating couples, while “impaired fecundity” is used for all women who struggle to carry a baby to full term or have experienced miscarriage or a stillbirth.1

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TD Exclusive: Diabetes Care and Education
Field Notes
Premature Babies at Risk
of Abnormal Blood Glucose

By the time they’re in their early 30s, extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies are four times more likely to develop dysglycemia, or abnormal blood glucose, than their normal birth weight (NBW) peers.

These babies, who were born weighing less than 2.2 lbs, also are more likely than their peer group to have higher body fat and lower lean mass in adulthood, although both groups have a similar BMI, says research published in the journal Pediatrics.

Now in their early 30s, 26% of the ELBW babies have dysglycemia, compared with 8% of their NBW peers.

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