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Editor's e-Note
Reaction to the Deferred Nutrition Standards

It’s been a few months since our new administration has delayed certain aspects of the school nutrition standards that former President Obama had established. And there’s been mixed reaction among nutrition professionals. Some who work in school foodservice are in favor of the delays, while others are not.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) speaks with some school foodservice dietitians to get their perspective on the matter. After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the July issue, which includes highlights of the Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium, articles on fruit forward desserts and the use of prebiotics in treating lactose intolerance, and our Diabetes Management & Nutrition Guide. Also, don’t forget to check out, where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics.

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.

Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Dietitians Respond to the Delayed School Lunch Standards
By Lindsey Getz

Many dietitians probably already have heard that the Trump administration has made some changes to the federal nutrition standards that will affect school children across the country. It was announced in May that the requirement to further lower the amount of sodium in meals will be delayed. In addition, schools will be permitted to serve flavored 1% milk instead of only fat-free flavored milk and will no longer be required to serve only 100% whole grain­-rich foods. Still, at least one-half of the grains served in schools must be whole grains.

Agriculture Secretary George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue, DVM, has said these changes are in response to hearing from schools that desire more flexibility in their lunch menus. Some schools have said that students wind up throwing their healthful lunch items in the trash.

Samara Abbott, MSEd, RD, LDN, of G&G Nutrition Co, in Charlotte, North Carolina, worked in school nutrition from 2008–2014 and has firsthand experience of the growing pains associated with becoming compliant with new regulations. While she was in support of updating the “outdated regulations,” she says that the timeline was challenging. And since school nutrition programs support themselves financially—ie, they rely on the sales of meals to pay for their operations—she says some of the initial changes were financially unrealistic.

“I agreed with the initial phases of legislation that required one-half of grains served to students to be whole grain rich,” Abbott says. “However, I found it to be unrealistic and costly to expect every single grain item to be whole grain rich. For example, we served crackers with our chef salads. Whole wheat crackers were triple the cost of white crackers, and most students threw them in the trash because they did not like them.”

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Field Notes
Childhood Obesity Historically High in Low-Income Communities

Childhood obesity rates are at historically high levels, especially among racial/ethnic minorities and low-income families. In the journal Obesity, three papers present outcomes from the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project (MA-CORD), a comprehensive, systematic intervention to prevent and reduce childhood obesity among low-income children aged 2 to 12 in two selected cities in Massachusetts.

“Childhood Obesity Prevention in the Women, Infants, and Children Program: Outcomes of the MA-CORD Study” lead author Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH, and colleagues examined the extent to which a WIC intervention improved BMI z-scores and obesity-related behaviors among children aged 2 to 4. “This study is one of the first to incorporate WIC into a whole-of-community intervention, which resulted in reduced prevalence of childhood obesity risk factors,” says Woo Baidal, an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric weight management at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

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Some Clif Bars Recalled Over Possible Nuts
CNN reports that three Clif Bar products are being recalled due to possible peanut and tree nut contamination, according to the FDA.

Preliminary Research Suggests Stevia
Could Cure Lyme Disease

In a new study reported by Fox News, stevia, a natural calorie-free sweetener, was shown to be effective in treating Lyme disease in cells.
Helping Patients With Diabetes Embrace Carbohydrates
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, CHWC

I teach carbohydrate counting to most of my patients with type 2 diabetes. For some, the simple plate method of meal planning is all they need. However, most benefit from combining various meal planning techniques. And that means quantifying the amount of carbohydrates in various foods.

I struggle to help them grasp that one food isn’t better than another just because it has fewer grams of carbohydrates in a serving. And I struggle to teach limits on carbohydrates without making them carb-phobic. So many already come to me with the belief that all things carbohydrate are bad or forbidden. It’s easy for me to see that lentils and lollipops have little in common. Yet to many with diabetes, they’re the same: carbs, bad, forbidden.

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