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Can Probiotics Resolve Most GI Disorders?

Probiotics in food and in the form of supplements have been touted for years as promoters of overall digestive health. But what does the evidence really say?

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides highlights of the latest clinical guidelines on probiotic use for the treatment and management of GI disorders from the American Gastroenterological Association and discourages use of probiotics for GI problems that isn’t backed by research.

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.

Be certain to stop by our virtual booth at the fast-approaching national conference in October. Here, you’ll be 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!

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Rethinking the Efficacy of Probiotics for Digestive Health
By Matt Knight, RDN, LDN

Highlights from the AGA’s Newly Released Clinical Guidelines

Earlier this year, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) released new clinical guidelines for the use of probiotics in managing gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.1,2 The AGA is a professional organization representing gastroenterologists and other clinicians who specialize in digestive health.

These new guidelines represent the first clinical guidance focusing on single-strain or multistrain formulations of probiotics and their efficacy for specific digestive conditions. The AGA’s findings run counter to conventional thinking and may require dietitians and other health professionals to rethink their position on the therapeutic use of probiotic supplements.

Here’s a quick refresher on probiotics for RDs who may not counsel clients regularly on their use.

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Discovering Adaptogens: Stress-Reducing Herbs
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Why RDs Need to Be Trash Talking
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Field Notes
Study Suggests Sweet Taste Perception Changes as Children Develop

Compared with adults, children and adolescents are less sensitive to the sweet taste and need 40% more sucrose in a solution for them to detect the taste of sugar, according to a new study.

Along with higher taste detection thresholds, both children and adolescents prefer significantly more concentrated levels of sweetness than adults.

“Both of these dimensions of sweet-taste perception—sensitivity and preference—undergo distinct developmental trajectories from childhood to adulthood,” says M. Yanina Pepino, PhD, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who cowrote the study. “However, they did so independently, and we found no association between the two.”

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RD Lounge Blog
Eating Disorders and Veganism
Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

Are you concerned about a potential overlap between veganism and eating disorders?

While veganism is a social justice movement (extending far beyond food) that aims to eliminate animal exploitation and suffering as far as is possible and practicable, its dietary restrictions can be misused when someone is susceptible to or is already suffering from an eating disorder.

So, how do you know when a plant-based diet is being used for restriction, and is it even possible for a vegan client to recover from an eating disorder while remaining vegan?

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Other News
WHO Releases Trans Fat Elimination Progress Report
In a new report, the World Health Organization examines global progress toward its goal of eliminating trans fat from the food supply by 2023. It notes in a press release that while more than 3 billion people are protected from trans fat in food, 11 of the 15 countries with the highest CVD mortality haven’t implemented anti–trans fat measures.

Researchers to Study Maternal Malnutrition
Investigators at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., have been awarded a grant to determine ways to decrease malnutrition in pregnant women. The researchers believe their findings could change some nutrient intake recommendations, according to The GW Hatchet.
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