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

The Splendor of EVOO

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is a staple in my pantry, as I know it is in the pantries of many dietitians, home cooks, and chefs. It’s chock full of nutrients, has a unique flavor, and can be included in a plethora of recipes.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides an overview of EVOO’s history, nutrient content, culinary uses, and more.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com to read the digital edition of our May issue, which is our 10th annual Spring Symposium edition. It includes articles on the North African roots of the Mediterranean diet, aquatic foods, the effects of polycystic ovary syndrome across the lifespan, and the Federal Trade Commission’s latest guidance on misleading product health claims.

The TD staff wants to thank all of the dietitians and other nutrition and health care professionals for attending our 10th annual Spring Symposium on May 14 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia. The symposium offered a wide variety of sessions and workshops led by dietetics and other experts and provided valuable networking opportunities, fitness activities, and special events. We give a special thanks to our presenters and sponsors for making this continuing education event spectacular and one to be remembered for years to come.

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
In This E-Newsletter

E-News Exclusive
Spotlight on Extra Virgin Olive Oil

By Michelle Dudash, RDN

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) holds an undeniably large place in the Mediterranean diet. From the French Riviera to the Middle East to North Africa, EVOO has been a staple ingredient in these Mediterranean countries for centuries. In the United States, EVOO has gone mainstream, and the market is projected to continue to grow as consumers drizzle, bake, sauté, dip, and drink EVOO with their favorite foods and beverages.1

While the first olives grew in southern Europe near the Mediterranean Sea, today, the largest Mediterranean countries producing olives include Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, and Morocco.2 The United States produces a small amount of EVOO. However, with a climate similar to the Mediterranean region, California is the largest producer in the United States.3

In the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, olive oil is the only oil included and is listed at the base of the pyramid and with every meal, along with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and spices. Olive oil also is included in the African Heritage Diet, among other oils.

Field Notes
Food and Alcohol for Stress Management Linked to Lifelong Weight Gain

Food and alcohol consumption as means of easing stress are linked with body weight in both the long and short term. These are among the results of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare's follow-up study examining how common eating and alcohol use are as stress management methods for men and women, and their connections with body weight and how it develops over a 30-year period.

Eating as a means of stress management correlates with higher body weight, and as a long-term stress management tool, it’s linked with faster weight gain in adulthood, and the correlation is clear for women and men.

Alcohol consumption as a coping method for stress relates to higher weight in middle-age. Alcohol for stress management also is connected with faster weight gain among adult men but not among women.

“The emergence of a connection only with men might derive from the fact that men consume larger amounts of alcohol at one time and drink beverages with a higher energy content,” says Elena Rosenqvist, a doctoral researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the University of Helsinki.

Other Nutrition News
Junk Food Ads More Effective at Manipulating Viewer Emotions
A recent study from the University of Michigan demonstrates that while a juicy hamburger advertisement will get people craving some takeout, a fresh salad commercial doesn’t hit the same emotional high, reports U.S. News. This can spell trouble for people learning to better control their food cravings and plays into popular beliefs that processed foods make people happier.

Balanced Diet May Mean Balanced Timing
Skipping meals may be more impactful than previously thought. A research study out of Zhejiang University found a pattern between meal timing and cognitive function, reports SciTechDaily. The findings suggest that a balanced energy intake can help maintain cognitive health in middle-aged and older adults.
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Registration for our 11th annual Spring Symposium is Now Open! Take advantage of the Early-Bird Registration Rate of just $249 and plan to join us in Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 19 to 22, 2024. Each day will offer a full array of learning opportunities, fitness activities, great food, networking, and exploration of new products. Additional details are forthcoming.

Tech & Tools
Cara Care
Cara Care makes identifying food triggers simpler and more intuitive. Clients can use Cara Care to track their diet and any associated digestive symptoms they may experience, making it a great tool for people with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and dyspepsia. The app is available on the Google Play store and for use on iOS with free and premium subscription options.

Made Easy: Finding Gluten-Free Inclusive Eateries
Whether someone has celiac disease or is simply trying to reduce gluten intake, locating a restaurant that has gluten-free options still can be tricky in many regions. The Find Me Gluten Free app helps individuals find local restaurants, bars, and grocery stores with gluten-free options; provides menus; and includes contact information. The app is free to use on Android and iOS.
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In the June/July Issue

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 • Regenerative Agriculture
 • The Global Malnutrition Composite Score
 • Food and Body Shaming
 • A Taste of Turkey
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