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Editor's e-Note
Top Picks for Probiotic Supplements

Dietitians will agree that there are so many probiotic supplements on the market claiming to improve gastrointestinal (GI) health, often leaving clients confused about which ones to buy.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses’s test results of 41 popular probiotic products, the criteria they used, and the top picks RDs can recommend to clients for a variety of GI ailments.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the June issue, which includes articles on the latest yogurt trends, children and omega-3 supplementation, military RDs, and nutrition for optimal liver health.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics. We’re welcoming new guest bloggers, so if you’re interested in writing, please contact me at the e-mail listed below.

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.

I want to thank all of you who joined us in Austin, Texas, for our 5th annual Spring Symposium. It was a memorable time of learning, networking, and great fun. The TD staff looks forward to seeing you next year for our 6th annual Spring Symposium May 19–22 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Click here to register.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
With Probiotic Supplements, Is There Truth in Labeling?
By Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD

Gut health is a major buzzword, and probiotics are a part of that, especially as research uncovers more about how a balanced intestinal ecosystem can keep our gut, and us, healthier.

Probiotics are live bacteria and/or yeasts that confer a health benefit. They come in various forms, including supplements, yogurt and other cultured milk foods, and beverages such as kombucha. The original thought was that probiotics could help bolster populations of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract while crowding out pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria, but research now shows that the probiotic bacteria benefit us in more complex and sophisticated modes of action.

Anyone can get probiotics from supplements, foods, and beverages. But do they work? And how should dietitians advise clients and patients? (CL) recently tested 41 popular probiotic supplements and beverages—35 human supplements, three pet supplements, and three beverages—against the following key quality measures:

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Field Notes
High-Protein Diet May Slightly Increase Heart Failure Risk
in Middle-Aged Men

For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein was associated with a slightly elevated risk of heart failure than those who ate less protein, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. Proteins from fish and eggs weren’t associated with heart failure risk in this study. The findings were reported in Circulation: Heart Failure.

Despite the popularity of high-protein diets, there’s little research about how diets high in protein may impact men’s heart failure risk.

“As many people seem to take the health benefits of high-protein diets for granted, it’s important to make clear the possible risks and benefits of these diets,” says Jyrki Virtanen, PhD, study author and an adjunct professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. “Earlier studies have linked diets high in protein—especially from animal sources—with increased risks of type 2 diabetes and even death.”

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Continuing Education
Learn about the components of healthful grilling 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!

June CE Special

Throughout the month of June, choose the course, webinar, or CEU packages you want for your 2018 "summer session," then use the coupon code JUNE15 at checkout to get 15% off your total purchase. This offer does not include CE Club Memberships or books. Offer valid through June 30, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT. Click here for coupon details »

Complimentary Live Webinar

The Other Side of the Mic: Tips for Conducting Media Interviews
Increasingly many RDNs, rather than being the interviewees, are leading audio and/or video recorded interviews for their personal brands, company websites, blogs, and podcasts. Conducting a media interview with a guest expert takes skill and concentration to guide the interviewee to share the best information and insight within a specific time frame. In this complimentary 1 CEU live webinar on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 2–3 PM EDT, former CNN executive producer and correspondent Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN, LD, shares tips for successful interviewing from the other side of the mic. Sponsored by UNE Online. Register Now »

Webinar Flash Sale

Register for one of these upcoming live webinars, get the second one 50% OFF! Use coupon code BOGO50JUNE at checkout. Offer valid through June 25, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT.

Applying Nutrigenomics in Clinical Practice: The Nuts and Bolts
This 1 CEU live webinar, presented by Sheila Dean, DSc, RD, LD, CCN, IFMCP, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, from 2–3 PM EDT, is an overview of what nutrigenomics entails and provides several common examples of how unique genes affect nutritional needs and how specific nutrients modulate genetic expression. The nutrigenetic testing landscape will also be discussed, and attendees will leave with a more thorough understanding of potential clinical implementations. Register Now »

Nutritional Approach to Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This 1 CEU live webinar, presented by Kate Scarlata, RD, LDN, and William Chey, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP, RFF, on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 2–3 PM EDT, will present nutritional approaches for IBS symptom management, as well as how diet may impact functional gut symptoms and how to apply a low-FODMAP diet when working with IBS patients. As an evolving nutritional approach, up-to-date food composition and the latest research will be reviewed. Register Now »

Recorded Webinar

The Role of Nutrition in Infertility: Evaluating the Research
This 1 CEU webinar, presented by Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, CPT, is intended to serve as a resource for RDNs who are unfamiliar with reproductive nutrition recommendations and are interested in guiding patients with a nutrition plan that is conducive to conception. Register Now »

2019 Spring Symposium

For those who were unable to join us in Austin this year or for those planning their 2019 CPEU program, join us next year for our 2019 Symposium at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 19–22, 2019!

Advance Registration Is Only $199! Click Here To Register
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Other News
Evidence Supports Benefits of Nordic Diet
The Duluth News Tribune outlines the Nordic Diet as a boon for a variety of health conditions, including CVD, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.

Virtual Therapy Helps Eating Disorder Patients Grocery Shop
Those with eating disorders often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food in a grocery store or when cooking. Telemedicine may help, The Washington Post reports.
RD Lounge Blog
Developing a Product Line:
Q&A With Kara Landau

Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT

Many RDs may have aspirations of creating their own food product, but very few know where to start. Kara Landau, APD, AN, is an Australian prebiotic-focused dietitian based in New York City and the founder at Uplift Food. Uplift Food recently released its first product, Daily Uplifter protein powder, a common allergen-free, powdered mix packed with gut-nourishing prebiotics designed to improve gut health and mood. Each serving provides 5 g prebiotic soluble fiber from Jerusalem artichoke and green banana flour. Daily Uplifter can be blended into smoothies and shakes, sprinkled onto breakfast cereals, or mixed into pancake batter for improved gut health. RD Lounge (RDL) had the opportunity to speak with the “Travelling Dietitian” herself about the journey to creating her own product line.

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In the July Issue

Maple Syrup

Update on Exergaming

Plant-Based Diets and the Gut Microbiota

Quercetin: Still More Questions Than Answers

Simulation Education in Dietetics

TD’s 5th Annual Spring Symposium Highlights
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