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Editor's e-Note
Let’s Talk Fats

Like many weight-conscious Americans throughout the 1980s and a good part of the 1990s, I strived to eat a low-fat diet to lose weight and keep it off. (I know—I’m dating myself here.) This method of weight loss was quite popular back then, until, of course, there was a major paradigm shift. Diet and nutrition experts realized that not all fats were unhealthful. There are healthful fats along with unhealthful fats of which people should eat sparingly. Communicating this discovery to consumers wasn’t easy, and with the advent of the low-carb, high-fat eating patterns such as the Atkins, the South Beach, and the ketogenic diets, consumers are more confused than ever about which and how much fat they really should eat.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides an overview of the latest science on healthful fats and some counseling pointers on how to clear up confusion among clients and patients.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the March issue, which includes articles on nuts and seeds (a treasure trove of healthful fats), dietary collagen, how and why retail RDs are forming community partnerships, and our annual TD10 feature that spotlights 10 awesome dietitians making a huge impact in the nutrition profession.

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.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Retail RDs Educate Consumers on ‘Good’ Fats
By Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD

Retail dietitians face challenges in helping consumers make healthful choices when it comes to dietary fats. Trendy products such as coconut oil, “bulletproof” coffee, and butter from grass-fed cows are heavily marketed for their health benefits—as the latest high-fat, low-carb ketogenic (“keto”) fad diet promises quick weight loss and improved health. Dietitians must rely on scientific evidence to inform their nutrition recommendations and help reduce confusion among clients. This article will provide a brief review of scientific evidence supporting recommendations on dietary fats and offer suggestions on how to best approach educating consumers.

Latest Science on Fats
After decades of nutrition experts promoting low-fat diets, it’s no wonder consumers are confused about fat. A recent survey conducted by the California Walnut Board and Commission showed that the large majority of individuals (89%) are just as worried or more worried about consuming dietary fat than they were five years ago.1 Unfortunately, as dietary recommendations of the past emphasized the reduction of overall fat intake and intake of saturated fat, many consumers avoided many healthful high-fat, nutrient-dense foods, such as nuts, seeds, avocados, and vegetable oils, and replaced them with refined carbohydrates and added sugars.

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Field Notes
Intermittent Fasting Could Improve Obese Women’s Health

Research carried out at Australia’s University of Adelaide shows that obese women lost more weight and improved their health by fasting intermittently while following a strictly controlled diet.

The study, recently published in the journal Obesity, involved a sample of 88 women following carefully controlled diets over 10 weeks.

“Continuously restricting their diet is the main way that obese women try to tackle their weight,” says Amy Hutchison, PhD, lead author of the study, from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

“Unfortunately, studies have shown that long-term adherence to a restricted diet is very challenging for people to follow, so this study looked at the impact of intermittent fasting on weight loss,” Hutchison says.

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Continuing Education
Learn about special considerations for youth with diabetes 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!

March CE Special
To celebrate nutrition and support the professionals who help us get and stay healthy, we're offering 20% off any of our CEU Packages all month long! Whether it's our 5-, 9-, or 12-packs of self-study courses or the Webinar 5-Pack, choose the package you want, place it in your cart, and use coupon code MARCHPACKS at checkout to get your 20% off. This offer will end on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. Click here for details »

Upcoming Live Webinars

Modern Day Human Magnesium Requirements: The RDN's Role
In this complimentary 1 CEU webinar on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, leading experts Andrea Rosanoff, PhD, and Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM, will provide an updated review to help RDs better assess clients' magnesium status in relation to age and gender, help clients adjust magnesium intake, and make appropriate recommendations for magnesium supplementation. Sponsored by Nature Made®. Click here to register »

Ethnic Cuisine: A Bridge to Health Equity
This webinar presented by Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, will provide RDNs a new solution-oriented perspective and pathway to transforming the health of populations of African descent, by helping them to better understand what a "healthy diet" is and celebrating the eating patterns and foods of their heritage. Barriers to health in African Americans, as well as effective communication and culinary tools to address these barriers, will be discussed. Click here to register »

Recorded Webinars

Dietary Influences on the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiota
Much work remains to delineate the interrelationships between the gastrointestinal microbiome and human health; however, it is clear that diet is a contributing factor to these relationships. In this complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, Dr. Hannah Holscher, PhD, RD, will explore the latest research relating to gastrointestinal microbiome and human health and provide RDNs with actionable strategies for counseling patients and clients. Sponsored by HI! Happy Inside. Click here to register »

Counseling Skills for the Nutrition Professional: An Introduction
In this recorded webinar, Beth McKinney, MSEd, RD, CHES, provides RDNs with techniques for refining their counseling skills—a critical component in promoting positive client behavior change. After completing this session, practitioners will be more effective and confident, their ability to serve their clients will be much improved, and their clients will feel more empowered and committed to making healthful changes. Click here to register »

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Other News
Do Nutrition Labels Influence Behavior?
STAT examines whether nutrition labels contribute to more healthful food purchases by consumers and whether they hold industry accountable.

International Health Organizations Scale Up Nutrition Efforts
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announces a partnership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition to increase the availability and affordability of nutritious food in developing countries.
RD Lounge Blog
Exercise: A Secret Weapon for IBS Symptom Relief
Diana Reid, MPH, RD

When working with clients or patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it’s important to remember that stress is a major driver of symptom onset and severity. The proper diet often can prevent or ease symptoms, but high levels of stress can interfere with even the best dietary strategies. Adding regular exercise to IBS treatment plans can help clients in a variety of ways.

Benefits of Exercise
Exercise can reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphins, leading to a greater sense of calm and well-being. From a more general perspective, regular physical activity also can increase strength and cardiovascular fitness, leading to improvements in overall health and longevity. This increased fitness may help clients feel stronger and more capable of handling painful IBS flares. In addition, studies have shown that exercise can improve overall IBS symptom severity. In a 2011 study, the group of IBS patients who increased their exercise levels experienced a significant decrease in IBS symptoms, while the control group experienced worsening of symptoms.

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Muscle Testing and Measurement Tool
ActivBody rolls out the ActivForce Platform, which enables clinicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists to measure clients’ or patients’ muscle function and strength changes. The platform works with the Activ5 force measurement device, compiling strength data into patient reports that can be personalized and managed. Learn more »

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