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Today's Dietitian
E-Newsletter    June 2023
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Editor's E-Note

Are Dairy Foods the Best Calcium Sources?

Clients interested in following an ovo-vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian diet may ask you this question if they’ve only relied on dairy sources, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, for their daily calcium needs.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses the importance of calcium for overall health, the wide variety of plant-based calcium sources available, the RDA from infancy to older adulthood, strategies to increase calcium absorption, and more.

After reading the article, visit Today's Dietitian's website to read the digital edition of our May issue. The June/July digital issue is on the way and will include articles on sodium reduction, the Global Malnutrition Composite Score, regenerative agriculture, stopping food and body shaming, and the culinary treasures of Turkish cuisine.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at TDeditor@gvpub.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
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Getting Plant-Based Calcium in the Diet

By Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

Help clients who choose plant-based, dairy-free diets meet calcium needs through plant-based sources.

The plant-based eating trend continues to grow, in particular, in the dairy aisle. An increasing array of plant-based dairy alternatives in supermarkets demonstrates just how popular plant-based, dairy-free diets are among consumers. But how can dietitians ensure their clients get enough calcium? While dairy products do provide calcium in the diet, this important mineral can be found in many plant-based foods. However, it’s important to educate clients on meeting their calcium needs to maintain good health.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Most of the body’s calcium is in bones, including teeth, where it plays an integral part in bone structure and contributes to a calcium bank. Bones are gaining and losing this abundant mineral continuously as part of a remodeling process. When calcium intake is adequate, bones benefit; when intake is low, bones suffer. The body takes calcium from bones when it isn’t getting enough calcium in the diet, which can lead to weakened bones. Vitamin D, along with regular exercise, helps the body absorb and process calcium, too.

What’s more, nutrients such as protein, magnesium, and antioxidants play critical roles in maintaining bone health. So, it’s important to ensure clients are getting adequate sources of these nutrients for bone health, too. In addition to bone health, calcium is important for other body functions, such as muscle contractions, releasing hormones, and transmitting messages through the nerves.

Field Notes
Foods With Flavonols Linked to Reduced Risk of Frailty

Eating plant-based foods that contain dietary compounds called flavonols can lower the chances of developing frailty.

Foods like apples and blackberries that contain flavonoids called quercetin may be the most important for frailty prevention. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article, "Higher Intake of Dietary Flavonols, Specifically Dietary Quercetin, Is Associated With Lower Odds of Frailty Onset Over 12 Years of Follow-Up Among Adults in the Framingham Heart Study.” This is one of the first community-based studies that comprehensively examined the role of dietary flavonoids in frailty prevention.

Approximately 10% to 15% of older adults experience frailty, a geriatric syndrome that leads to a greater risk of falls, fractures, disability, hospitalization, and mortality. Current dietary recommendations for frailty prevention primarily focus on protein intake. However, there are many other foods that may have health benefits.

The frailty study had 1,701 participants that underwent frailty assessment at baseline and at follow-up. About 55.5% of participants were women, with an average age of 58.4. After the 12-year follow-up, about 13% of participants developed frailty.

“There may be some validity to the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor (or frailty) away,” the authors say. “Our findings suggest that for every 10 mg higher intake of flavonols per day, the odds of frailty were reduced by 20%. Individuals can easily consume 10 mg of flavonols per day since one medium-sized apple has about 10 mg of flavonols.”

Other Nutrition News
WHO Warns Against Sugar Substitutes
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that popular sugar substitutes shouldn’t be used for weight loss or disease prevention, reports Fox News. Instead, the WHO recommends using sugars that are naturally occurring, such as from fruit, or simply opting for unsweetened food and beverage options. The recommendations are based on a review of 283 studies that measured sugar substitutes in different demographics.

Vegetables Can Help Improve Mental Well-Being
If you’re feeling down, eating just one additional serving of vegetables can equal a daily walk, reports The Washington Post. The publication compiled multiple studies and reviews that bolstered this claim saying that increased intake of fruits and vegetables can have a positive impact on depression and anxiety.
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 • Regenerative Agriculture
 • The Global Malnutrition Composite Score
 • A Taste of Turkey
 • Stopping Food and Body Shaming
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