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Editor's e-Note
Sweet Gems of the Mediterranean

Today’s Dietitian (TD) has published several articles over the years on the Mediterranean diet, but we haven’t given much press to one of its precious jewels: the Medjool date.

Medjool dates are nutrition powerhouses, are naturally sweet, and can be used in a wide variety of recipes. In this month’s E-News Exclusive, TD shines a spotlight on this interesting fruit; reviews its history, nutrient profile, and culinary uses; and provides recipes.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of our April/May issue, which includes articles on customizing the Mediterranean diet for various dietary patterns, soyfoods and kids’ health, weight loss supplements, and dietary strategies for hypothalamic amenorrhea.

This issue of TD is special because it celebrates our 9th Annual Spring Symposium being held May 22 to 25 in Bonita Springs, Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. The event is being held in person for the first time in two years and will offer a wide variety of sessions and workshops led by expert presenters. There will be opportunities to interact and network with fellow dietitians and program sponsors, as well as fitness activities and special events. We look forward to seeing you there!

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— Judith Riddle, editor
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Medjool Dates

A Culinary Jewel of the Mediterranean

By Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN

As dietitians know, the Mediterranean diet continues to reign supreme as one of the most healthful eating patterns in the world for its ability to significantly lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, CVD, and several types of cancers.

The diet is centered on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, legumes, fish, seafood, and olive oil, and much less so on dairy, poultry, and red meat.

One of the fruits of the Mediterranean that’s especially versatile and considered a natural sweet treat is the Medjool date.

Medjool dates are loaded with antioxidants and can be enjoyed as a sweet snack or used to enhance savory dishes. They also can serve as a natural sweetener for baked goods or as a sweet foundation for a savory stuffed date appetizer.

One may think that dates fit into the dried fruit category along with fruits such as dried grapes (raisins), dried plums (prunes), or dried apricots. However, Medjool dates aren’t dried; they’re fresh, soft, and sweet (dehydrated dates are harder than fresh dates). Medjool dates have a wrinkly and dehydrated appearance because they dry on the trees before harvest. They can be dehydrated, but they’re often found packaged fresh in the produce section of supermarkets.

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Field Notes
Unique WHO-Cornell Nutrition Research Partnership Launches

A renewed partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) will extend the global impact of Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, engaging university experts in reviews and training that help shape WHO guidelines and research networks.

As part of the partnership, which extends into 2026, the division will serve as a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Research for Health—the only such center in the United States dedicated to nutrition issues.

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Other News
Expert Calls for Measures to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk
In the New England Journal of Medicine, an expert from Mayo Clinic argues that public health strategies that decrease the risk of colorectal cancer are necessary, citing rising rates of early-onset colorectal cancer in the United States.

Biden Administration to Hold Nutrition Conference
The White House announced that it plans to host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September, with the goal of ending hunger and increasing healthful eating and physical activity to reduce diet-related disease. This is the second such conference, the first taking place in 1969.
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