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Editor's e-Note
Got Milk?
The title of this editor’s note continues to be the quintessential tagline of one of the most successful advertising campaigns to promote the importance of milk intake as part of good health. The campaign is still going strong today after 25 years and is now homing in on millennial families to promote milk drinking and keep the trend afloat for generations to come.

But milk is just one of many dairy products from which to choose. And while dairy products are rich in nutrients for overall good health, past studies have suggested that full-fat versions can lead to CVD, while the more recent research suggests it does not.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses the conflicting research surrounding the health effects of full-fat dairy. Is it really detrimental to health or is it beneficial?

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the September issue, which includes our annual dining guide and articles on postmenopausal women and heart disease, menu labeling, the popularity of plant-based milks, and simple recipes for successful family meals.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs. 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. The staff of TD looks forward to seeing familiar and new faces at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ in Washington, D.C., next month, so please stop by booth 1633 to say hello.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Dairy Foods and CVD
By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

Dairy foods represent about 10% of the calories in a typical American diet, mostly from milk and cheese, plus small amounts from yogurt.1 Most experts recommend consumption of dairy products as part of an overall healthful diet to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, and hypertension. Dairy foods, specifically low-fat dairy, are an integral part of the proven DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Dairy products contribute several important nutrients, including calcium; vitamins A, D, and B12; riboflavin; niacin; phosphorus; potassium; and high-quality protein. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, contribute probiotics, believed to exert beneficial effects in the gut, stimulating the growth of “good” bacteria.

However, it has been suggested that consuming full-fat dairy products increases the risk of chronic disease, including CVD. Research from decades past suggests that the saturated fat in full-fat dairy products, such as cheese, milk, and yogurt, is to blame. As a result, dietary guidelines, including the most recent 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, have recommended consuming low-fat or fat-free dairy products. However, studies also suggest that the cholesterol-raising effects of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) are lessened or nullified when they’re components of complex foods such as milk, cheese, or yogurt. The combination of dairy bioactive peptides, minerals, and other types of fat creates a complex matrix that may limit the cholesterol-raising effect of SFAs. Moreover, several recent reviews, meta-analyses, and population studies have concluded the opposite of earlier studies (ie, consumption of dairy products, even full-fat dairy products, reduces CVD risk). Here are some of the relevant studies published in the last five years and their findings suggesting that full-fat dairy products may be beneficial for the heart.

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Field Notes
Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions Encourage Healthful Eating in Children
A new study shows that a fruit and vegetable prescription program can improve access to healthful foods for underserved children. The program, which was implemented in Flint, Michigan, could be replicated in other areas to address food insecurity in children.

In August 2015, the Hurley Children’s Center-Sumathi Mukkamala Children’s Center, a residency training pediatric clinic associated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, relocated to the second floor of the downtown Flint Farmers’ Market. Immediately following this move, the clinic and the farmers’ market created a program to encourage families to shop at the farmers’ market by giving pediatric patients $15 prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables that can be redeemed at the market.

Flint is considered a food desert because it features a limited number of full-service grocery stores within city limits. About 60% of the city’s kids live in poverty, and many children don’t consume enough nutrient-dense foods while also eating too many poor-quality, calorie-dense foods.

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Continuing Education
Learn about eating disorders in the LGBTQ population 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!

Upcoming Live Webinars

Food Evolution: A Discussion for Registered Dietitians
In this complimentary 1 CEU webinar on Thursday, September 27, from 2–3 PM EDT, Trace Sheehan, the writer and producer of the feature film Food Evolution, and Chris Vogliano, MS, RDN, will examine some common points of contention when it comes to discussing food production and, in particular, GMOs. Trace will draw from his experiences while conceiving and making Food Evolution, while Chris will contribute his expertise as an RDN who specializes in the study of sustainable food systems and food waste reduction. Regardless of your position on GMOs, this lively and informative discussion will position RDNs to more effectively participate in discussions relating to food production and to provide understandable, credible guidance to their clients. Sponsored by Milk Means More (Michigan's Dairy Council). Click here to register »

Fall Fiesta: A Journey Through the Seasons
In part 4 of this 4-part webinar series on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 2–3 PM EDT, Shayna Komar, RD, LD, and Chef Nancy Waldeck will provide recipes, tips, and ideas for RDs to use to guide their clients in using seasonal produce. In Fall Fiesta, Shayna and Nancy will highlight apples, pears, kale, mushrooms, and winter squash and pumpkin. Click here to register »

If you missed the other parts of this webinar, that’s OK! Register for the recorded versions of Parts 1, 2 and 3 below at a discounted rate of $60 by adding all 4 webinars to your shopping cart and applying coupon code SEASONSMIX at checkout! Please note: this discount applies only to non-CE Club Members.

     • Part 1: Winter WonderlandRecorded version available
     • Part 2: Spring FlingRecorded version available
     • Part 3: Summer SizzleRecorded version available

Recorded Webinars

Beyond the Label: Food Claims' Impact on Consumer Behavior
This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Guy Johnson, PhD, and Marie Molde, MBA, RDN, will unpack USDA- and FDA-accepted food claims and explore food labels' impact on consumer demand. Tune in to learn how understanding food claims translates to improved public health and nutrition. Sponsored and accredited by United Soybean Board (USB). Click here to register »

Choline: Exploring the Growing Science on Its Benefits for Moms During Fetal Development and Beyond
This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Marie Caudill, PhD, RD, and Liz Ward, MS, RD, will provide the latest research on choline's role during pregnancy, fetal development, and infancy. In addition, the webinar will offer advice on how health professionals can translate the science into action, helping to elevate the choline conversation and increase choline intake among the general population. Sponsored and accredited by VitaCholine and Egg Nutrition Center. Click here to register »

Food as Lifestyle Medicine: Harnessing Your Nutrition Expertise to Inspire Lifestyle Change
This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, The Lifestyle Nutritionist, will focus on the science and recent strides in lifestyle medicine. With the medical community embracing nutrition education as a primary protocol in chronic disease prevention, it’s vital that dietitians be at the forefront with nutrition and culinary expertise as a primary part of a healthy lifestyle paradigm. Sponsored by Balance Your Plate with Nestlé. Click here to register »

2019 Spring Symposium

Earn 15 CEUs or more by attending our 6th annual Spring Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 19–22, 2019! Take advantage of our Advance Registration rate while it's still available! The venue, Talking Stick Resort, is Scottsdale's top entertainment destination, a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation. The 240,000 square foot property includes a 98,000 square foot casino, 496 guest rooms, 21 meeting rooms, six entertainment lounges and five restaurants. It also contains a 25,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, a spa spanning 13,000 square feet, a fitness center, a Showroom that seats 650, and four pools. We'd love for you to be a part of our 6th annual event!

The hotel booking link is now available at our discounted rate of $189/night. Presenter lineup and session titles are coming soon to

Advance Registration Rate of $199 Ends September 30!
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Other News
Immigrants, Fearing Trump Crackdown,
Drop Out of Nutrition Programs

Immigrants are turning down government help to buy infant formula and food for their young children because they’re afraid the Trump administration could bar them from getting a green card if they take federal aid, POLITICO reports.

Enjoying Food Improves Digestion, Nutrition
Experiencing positive emotions while eating can increase mindfulness, improve digestion and nutrition absorption, and heighten satisfaction, according to US News Eat + Run.
RD Lounge Blog
Interview With Food Tank President
Danielle Nierenberg

Sharon Palmer, RDN

I’m really excited to interview Danielle Nierenberg, cofounder and now president of Food Tank. I’ve been following her work in the Good Food Movement for years, so it was really fun to sit down and chat with her about what’s going on in the sustainable food scene. First of all, let me tell you more about Food Tank, which is a nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Before starting Food Tank, Danielle spent two years traveling to more than 60 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America, meeting with farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, and journalists, documenting what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty while protecting the environment.

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Tech & Tools
More Healthful Alternatives, Instantly
The FoodSwitch USA app (, available for iOS and Android, was developed by Northwestern University and The George Institute for Global Health. Users scan the barcode of a food item, and the app provides nutrition information for that item as well as a list of similar foods that are more healthful based on the Health Star Ratings and Traffic Light Labels nutrition criteria. Foods can be saved to personalized lists, and users can upload photos of new food items to contribute to the database. Learn more »

Noninvasive Continuous Glucose Monitor
SugarBEAT is a continuous glucose monitoring system by Nemaura Medical Inc. that doesn’t require skin pricks or needlelike sensors in the skin. It consists of a disposable skin patch connected to a rechargeable transmitter. Glucose readings appear on users’ cellphones or smart watches via a mobile app every five minutes. Learn more »
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The Power of Plant-Based Diets

New Landmark Report on Cancer Prevention

Benefits of Eating Local Fish

Multivitamin and Mineral Supplements

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