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Trend toward simpler ingredients

Reducing African Americans’ health disparities

Functional properties of coffee

Pressure cooking for people with diabetes

Continuing Education

Learn about indirect calorimetry in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the “Today’s CPE” article, take the 10-question online test, and earn two CPEUs! Click here for details.

Healthy and Nutritious Start Here - Del Monte

Editor’s E-Note

I’m not any sort of computer genius, but one thing I do know is that there are several different ways to accomplish the same task. For example, on my Mac, I can either press the apple key + letter c to copy a word or scroll to “copy” in the Edit menu—both methods produce the same result.

Now, a new National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute study shows that a similar theory applies to weight loss. Read this month’s E-News Exclusive to see what I mean and discuss the “flexible” findings with your colleagues.

The April print issue offers tips on fine-tuning clients’ diets to promote increased energy and vitality and presents research-based techniques to help control hunger and manage weight. Ever consider volunteering your services at a local food bank? These organizations desperately need donations and could truly benefit from your nutrition expertise during these difficult economic times. Read our feature story about the current state of food banks in this month’s print issue as well.

— Heather W. Gurk, editor

E-News Exclusive

Heart-Healthy, Reduced-Calorie Diets Promote Weight Loss Regardless of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate Content

Click HereHeart-healthy diets that reduce calorie intake—regardless of differing proportions of fat, protein, or carbohydrate—can help adults who are overweight or obese achieve and maintain weight loss, according to a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers from the Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies (POUNDS LOST) study found similar weight loss after six months and two years among participants assigned to four diets that differed in their proportions of these three major nutrients. The diets were low or high in total fat (20% or 40% of calories) with average or high protein (15% or 25% of calories). Carbohydrate content ranged from 35% to 65% of calories. The diets all used the same calorie-reduction goals and were heart healthy—low in saturated fat and cholesterol while high in dietary fiber.


Field Notes

Ethnic Background Matters in Relation to Type 2 Diabetes

The prevalence of diabetes is at least twice as high in some ethnic groups as it is in whites, even among people with similar body mass index (BMI) numbers, a large new study finds.

Many studies have shown an association between excess body weight and physical inactivity in the development of type 2 diabetes. However, in this study, the researchers found that the effects of body weight and diet appear to differ depending on an individual’s ethnic background. Moreover, differences in prevalence among different ethnic groups persisted in normal-weight and underweight participants.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 187,000 people who came from five ethnic groups. They found that overall, those who reported having diabetes made up 11.6% of the total. However, when adjusting for age, diabetes prevalence was 16.1% in Native Hawaiians, 15.8% in Latinos, 15% in African Americans, 10.2% in Japanese Americans, and 6.3% in whites.


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Other Nutrition News

In Texas, Fitter Kids Make Better Students
Phys ed isn’t suffering in all schools. CBS News reports that students are getting active—and their efforts are paying off in the classroom.

Obesity and Smoking May Have Same Impact on Lifespan
Research adds weight to the notion that obesity can significantly shorten an individual’s lifespan—in much the same way as lifelong smoking, according to a USA Today article.


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