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Editor's e-Note
Counseling Vegan and Vegetarian Clients on Omega-3s

Since vegan and vegetarian clients don’t eat fish and seafood, chances are they aren’t getting enough of the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, which are vital for good health. With all the nutrition information out there (some accurate, some inaccurate) about the best food sources and how much to eat to meet daily requirements, not to mention the plethora of plant-based supplement varieties from which to choose, clients often are left confused.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides an overview of the importance of omega-3 fatty acid intake, dietary requirements for DHA and EPA, and a table listing some of the best algae-based DHA+EPA supplements for vegan and vegetarian clients.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the September issue, which includes articles on diet vs statins for lowering CVD risk, food fears, aquafaba, and our annual dining guide, featuring the most prestigious and award-winning restaurants in Chicago. As always, the staff of TD looks forward to seeing familiar and new faces at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™, so please stop by booth #1336 to say hello. 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
Comparing Algae-Based DHA+EPA Supplements

By Hadley Turner

There’s no doubt that a nutrient-rich vegan or vegetarian diet has considerable health benefits. Research has shown lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, and obesity among those following a plant-based diet.1

However, as RDs know well, no diet is or can be perfect. Vegan and vegetarian diets exclude one major food category that all Americans are encouraged to eat more of: seafood. Multiple organizations, including the USDA in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association, recommend consuming at least 8 oz of seafood per week, especially fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna.2,3

A major reason for the seafood push is that seafood contains high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. One 3-oz serving of farmed Atlantic salmon, for example, contains about 1,240 mg DHA and 590 mg EPA at only 175 kcal.4 Evidence suggests EPA and DHA have benefits throughout the life cycle for fetal development, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function, among others.5

What’s an RD to do with this important health information when it comes to counseling vegan and vegetarian clients who won’t violate their deeply held convictions about eating only plant-based foods? Luckily, there are a variety of algae-based DHA+EPA supplements on the market that can help vegetarians and vegans obtain adequate levels of these important nutrients.

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Other News
Good Nutrition May Slow Lung Disease Progression in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
A review outlined in RT Magazine recommends that health care professionals monitor nutrition status in cystic fibrosis patients to slow progression of lung disease.

Syrian Schools Unveil Edible Playgrounds
A food and nutrition education program using school gardens to educate students about fruit and vegetable consumption and healthful eating is popping up in Syria for the new school year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Screening for Orthorexia Nervosa
(Part 1 of 3)

Marci Evans, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, LDN, CPT

Dietitians are the most important clinician group to be on the look out for orthorexia nervosa (ON). This blog is Part 1 in a three-part series that will define ON, explain why RDs are best positioned to screen for it, and provide three simple strategies for doing so in practice. Parts 2 and 3 will discuss research and specific strategies on how to manage ON in patient care.

You’ve likely heard the term orthorexia nervosa (ON) at some point this past year. It’s been making a stir in social media, yet it’s not actually a new term. Integrative physician Steven Bratman, MD, MPH, coined it in 1997 in Yoga Journal, and then published a book about it in 2001 called Health Food Junkies: Orthorexia Nervosa—Overcoming the Obsession With Healthful Eating. Despite not being an eating disorder specialist, his observations were pretty accurate.

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The Future of Nutrigenomics

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Integrative Nutrition Therapy for Mood Disorders
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Field Notes
Digital Health Tools to Enhance Diabetes Educators’ Practices

WellDoc announced that two of its diabetes educators, Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE, FAADE, and Janice MacLeod, MA, RD, CDE, LD, FAADE, coauthored an article published in the September 2017 issue of AADE in Practice, the association’s practice journal. Focusing on the need for diabetes educators to integrate digital health tools into their practice, the article was released on the heels of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual conference in Indianapolis held in August, during which both Peeples and MacLeod were inducted as AADE Fellows.

In the article, “Are You Ready to Be an eEducator?,” the coauthors focus on the need for diabetes educators to move towards the implementation of digital health as a key delivery platform for diabetes education and care.   

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Continuing Education
Learn about assessing and monitoring body composition in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

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Concepts and Controversy: Dietary Recommendations for Cardiovascular Disease
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Track Runs and Discover New Routes
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