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Editor's e-Note
Fresh Look at Tempeh

The trend in plant-based eating has become more popular in recent years and even more so during the coronavirus pandemic as many people seek to eat more healthfully and boost their immunity to help avoid contracting the potentially deadly disease. And one of the foods people are increasingly considering is tempeh.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) does some digging into what tempeh is and how it’s made, and provides a recipe for clients and patients to try.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the October issue, which includes articles on ethics in the plant-based food movement, probiotics and immune health, tips for meeting weekly seafood requirements, and a Q&A on telehealth in private practice.

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.

Thank you for stopping by our virtual booth at the National Conference this month. While we couldn’t see you in person, you were able to access digital versions of our highly anticipated conference issues, learn more about TD’s 2021 Spring Symposium, and chat with members of the TD team. During the conference, many of you listened to some of the most timely presentations on nutrition care for COVID-19 patients, the microbiome and dietary strategies for cancer therapy, nutrition in food retail to improve public health, and many others. Probably the most memorable was the presentation on how to boost mental happiness in these turbulent times.

Next year, we hope to see you again in person at our Spring Symposium and other conferences. Until then, continue to 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
A Fermented, Plant-Based Meat Alternative

By Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD

Interest in plant-based eating already was on the rise before the coronavirus pandemic, but in recent months, demand for meat alternatives has increased, whether due to perceived healthfulness or periodic meat shortages. For consumers who don’t want to go the “faux meat” route, traditional soyfoods such as tofu or tempeh may be more appealing.

Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian soy product made from fermented soybeans. It has a firm texture and an earthy, nutty, slightly yeasty flavor, which becomes more pronounced as it ages. Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans—sometimes with whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, and millet—but unlike tofu, tempeh is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh’s fermentation process, and the fact that the whole bean is retained, gives it a higher content of protein, fiber, and nutrients than tofu.1,2

Tempeh originated on the Indonesian island of Java—unique, since most soyfoods originated in China, Japan, or Korea. The exact origins of tempeh are less clear than that of other soyfoods, but it’s thought that tempeh has been around for at least several hundred years, even though the earliest known reference to it was in 1875. Tempeh may have been accidentally produced as the byproduct of tofu production, when discarded soybeans interacted with fungal spores. The first commercial production of tempeh in the United States, by Indonesian immigrants, was in 1961.2

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Continuing Education
Learn about coffee and cognitive health 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!

October CE Special

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Why RDs Need to Be Trash Talking
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Field Notes
Almost 20% of Americans Face Food Insecurity

More than 18% of US adults don’t know whether they’ll have enough to eat from day to day, and the numbers are worse for Hispanics, Blacks, people with obesity, and women, a new report shows.

“The percentage of adults with food insecurity more than doubled between 1999 and 2016,” says Candice Myers, PhD, an assistant professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and lead author of the article, published in JAMA. “The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly worsened the situation. The country may face long-term economic and health consequences unless we solve this public health crisis.”

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The Diabetes Plate Method
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND

When I first became an RD, I worked with adults and children newly diagnosed with diabetes in a hospital setting. I’d teach them the diabetes exchange system, which often would leave them confused; if I returned to review the materials, usually they already had been discharged from the hospital. Fast-forward 20 years later, and now I use the simpler Diabetes Plate Method from the American Diabetes Association. Here’s a rundown of the five steps in this method.

The Method
Advise clients to start with a plate about 9 inches in diameter. If they need more calories than average, they should use an 11- or 12-inch plate; those with a smaller calorie budget should use a smaller plate with an 8-inch diameter.

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Other News
Young Americans More Likely to Eschew Alcohol
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that overconsumption of alcohol—and consumption, period—is decreasing among US young adults, CNN reports.

Health Care Professionals Urge Nutrition Screening for COVID-19 Patients
In an article in Pharmacy Practice News, health providers, including doctors, pharmacists, and nutrition experts, call for universal nutrition screening for individuals with COVID-19, citing high mortality rates from the disease among those with malnutrition.
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