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Editor's e-Note
Making Wiser Food Choices During the Holidays

As clients and patients get together with their family and friends this month to celebrate the holidays, it will be tough for many to continue eating healthfully due to the number of foods and desserts served that tend to be higher in fat, sodium, and added sugars. But there are ways to help clients stay on track.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) speaks with two experts who offer strategies RDs can share with clients to help them make better food choices while still enjoying some of their favorite foods throughout the season.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the November/December issue, which includes articles on holiday foods from across the globe, expanded roles in diabetes care, the Southern diet, nutrition’s impact on mental health, and MNT for long-COVID patients.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
RDs’ Top Tips for Healthful Holiday Eating

By Michael Serrur

The holiday season is a joyous time of year for clients, but it’s also a challenging one, especially when they’re trying to maintain healthful habits and behaviors. Typical celebrations tend to include much food, sweets, and drinks, and fewer opportunities for physical activity and self-care.

But with some preparation and planning, clients can avoid the common obstacles that may have derailed their efforts in the past, whether they’re hosting a family affair or attending get-togethers as guests. And they don’t have to wait for the holidays to start; they can begin putting them into practice now.

Today’s Dietitian speaks with Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDCES, CHWC, FAND, author of Prediabetes: A Complete Guide, and Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research and founder of Taking Nutrition from Daunting to Doable, to create a family-friendly list of practical cooking, eating, and entertaining tips to help clients successfully navigate the holiday table with their health goals intact.

Weisenberger and Collins agree clients should do the following:

Add Vegetables to Everything 
Tell clients to always add more vegetables whenever possible, Weisenberger says. “If a recipe calls for three carrots, use five.” And don’t be afraid to modify dishes by dropping in a few extra veggies. It’s easy to add more vegetables to dishes such as stuffing, soup, stew, rice, or even macaroni and cheese. Clients can boost the vegetable content of any starchy side dish they can think of. For people with CVD or diabetes, sending blood sugar or blood pressure beyond safe levels can be a problem, so making healthful, more vegetable-forward recipes can help them enjoy holiday traditions without putting their health at risk.

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Field Notes
Sugar Signaling Pathway May Help Design More Healthful Foods and Beverages

Most everyone understands that a major role of our sense of taste is to inform us when sugar is present in foods and beverages by eliciting sweetness on our tongues. A study led by the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, published in PLOS One, identifies a new human sensory ability to detect sugars in the mouth with a molecular calorie detector, of sorts.

“Our mouth can identify when a sweetener has the potential to deliver calories vs a noncaloric sweetener, which cannot,” says first author Paul Breslin, PhD, a Monell investigator and a professor of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University.

The paper describes the first-in-human demonstration of a signaling pathway that uses glucose to signal the presence of calories, in addition to the well-studied sweet-taste receptor in taste buds.

Glucose comprises about one-half of the commercial sugar sweeteners used today. Over millennia, humans have derived glucose in their diet from such sugar-rich foods as fruits and honey, and today from added sugars, such as sucrose (table sugar) from sugar beets or sugar cane and high-fructose corn syrup.

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Other News
State Launches Nutrition Program for Low‑Income Older Adults
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announces a pilot program in which it will bulk purchase produce to deliver directly to older adults in need, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Exclusion Diet Shows Promise for Crohn’s Remission
A small study published in Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology suggests that an exclusion diet, with or without enteral nutrition, may induce and maintain remission in adults with Crohn’s disease.
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