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Editor's e-Note
Got a Taste for Jerky?

In my early teens, I used to grab a long stick of beef jerky at the supermarket checkout counter whenever I could. To me, it was a delicious, chewy, salty snack I could really sink my teeth into. As I became more health conscious, however, I stopped eating it.

But the meat snack category has come a long way since then. Aside from beef and pork, they’re now made with leaner meats such as turkey and chicken, as well as wild boar and bison. They contain less sodium, have little to no nitrates and other additives, and are lower in fat. And if you’re not a meat eater, there’s a huge variety of protein-packed vegan, or plant-based, jerky snacks on the market to chomp on.

In this month’s E-news Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides an overview of the vegan jerky category, what’s fueling its exponential growth, and what product varieties are available.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the June issue, which includes articles on stevia, theme park menu makeovers, and RD food product entrepreneurs. Also, don’t forget to check out, where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Meat-Free Meat Snacks On the Go
By Hadley Turner

We’re not jerkin’ you around—vegan meat snacks are growing in popularity and variety.

As a veteran vegan, this I can say with confidence: Most vegans and vegetarians don’t miss beef jerky. We don’t stand in line to check out at the dollar store and sigh wistfully at the strips of oversalted, barely recognizable meat. We don’t long for the days when we could sink (or is it grind?) our teeth into a stick of “pepperoni” alongside a stick of yellow cheese.

But then came the meat snack revolution. As Today’s Dietitian reported in November 2016, meat snacks are back as consumers seek high-protein, portable pickings. It’s predicted that US meat snack sales will reach $1.2 billion by 2018.1

That doesn’t mean vegans will be snappin’ into a Slim Jim, though. They don’t have to. The plant-based jerky market, while still a small subcategory of meat alternatives, is growing at seven times the rate of the traditional meat snacks category.2 “For those who don’t eat meat, the protein snack options are growing,” says Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and coauthor of No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self.

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Field Notes
Differences in Brain Activity Found in Obese Men vs Women

A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to overeating.

Researchers from UCLA found that women who are obese showed more prominent changes in the reward system related to dopamine responsiveness, suggesting that emotion-related and compulsive eating play a larger role in their overeating. Men who are obese showed a different pattern of brain remodeling in sensorimotor regions, a sign that their eating behavior is affected by a greater awareness of gut sensations and visceral responses.

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Former First Lady Obama Criticizes Efforts to Delay Food Label Changes
NutraIngredients-USA reports Michelle Obama’s assertion that requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel are insulting to consumers.

Study Associates Red Meat and Early Death
Heme iron and nitrate additives drove an association with early death, according to MedPage Today.
Tips for the Perfect Picnic
Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

No matter who your target population is, you’re likely to encourage your clients and audience to become more active, improve nutrient balance, and increase mindfulness while eating. Picnics are a great way to get others outside to be active before a more intuitive family meal. You can inspire clients to head out for a prepicnic hike, play volleyball on the beach before the meal, or go to a park and eat after playing games such as bocce, spike ball, or good ol’ tag!

Once everyone has worked up an appetite, it’s important to ensure no one ruins the fun with a cranky mood from a poorly balanced meal or with a food safety nightmare. Here are some tips to make sure your outdoor picnic remains fun and runs smoothly.

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