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Nutritious, inexpensive foods in the pantry

IBS: Current research and treatment

Gluten-free foods’ improved taste and texture

Healthy-eating obsession


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Editor’s E-Note

All the usual signs are there. A new, warmer season has arrived, and the bears aren’t the only ones emerging from hibernation. People are getting active again outdoors. I pass them jogging with their dogs on trails through the park, bicycling along wooded back roads, and working up a nice sweat on basketball and tennis courts.

Whether these exercisers’ motivation is the coming of spring or a desire to shed a few pounds and improve their overall health and conditioning, the important thing is that they’re moving their bodies and, at the same time, increasing their quality of life.

But can exercise also increase quality of life for people with certain chronic health conditions and, more importantly, is it safe? Research supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute examined the role exercise can play in the lives of people with chronic heart failure and suggests the answer to both questions is “yes.” Read our E-News Exclusive for more details on this study.

Don’t miss our May print issue, which investigates the potential perks of coffee and provides a helpful overview of pressure cooking for your patients with diabetes who may struggle with preparing wholesome meals.

Along with our spring cleaning duties, we’ve been making some changes to help readers better navigate our Web site at We’ve categorized our content by subject, so if you’re looking for articles relating to, say, organic food production, you can access them with ease by clicking our “Green Health” tab. Scroll down the home page for other features, including recipes and a “Chatter” section—see what RDs are buzzing about around the Web.

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— Heather W. Gurk, editor

E-News Exclusive

Click HereExercise Is Safe, Improves Quality of Life in Patients With Heart Failure

Regular exercise is safe for heart failure patients and may slightly lower their risk of hospitalization or death, according to results from Heart Failure — A Controlled Trial Investigating Outcomes of Exercise Training (HF ACTION). Supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the study also found that heart failure patients who add regular, moderate physical activity to standard medical therapy report a higher quality of life compared with similar patients who receive only medical therapy.

Researchers have published two papers in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was conducted at 82 centers in the United States, Canada, and France.

“Many patients and healthcare providers have continued to be concerned about the safety of aerobic exercise for heart failure,” says NHLBI Director Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD. “With the results of this robust clinical trial, we can now reassure heart failure patients that, with appropriate medical supervision, regular aerobic exercise is not only safe but it can also improve their lives in really meaningful ways.”


Field Notes

Vegetarians May Face Increased Risk of Eating Disorders

While vegetarians tend to eat healthier diets and are less likely than nonvegetarians to be overweight or obese, they may be at increased risk for binge eating with loss of control, and former vegetarians may be at increased risk for extreme, unhealthful weight-control behaviors, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas, and St. John’s University.

The researchers analyzed vegetarianism, weight, dietary intake, and weight-control behaviors data from a population-based study in Minnesota of more than 2,500 males and females aged 15 to 23. They found vegetarians ate healthier diets than nonvegetarians when it came to fruit, vegetable, and fat intake. Among young adults, current vegetarians were less likely to be overweight or obese.


Ask the Expert
Renew Now!

Have a dietetics-related question that you would like an expert to answer? E-mail and we may feature your query!

This month’s selection:
I love smoothies and encourage my husband (a coach-teacher at an all-boys school) to encourage his players to drink one for breakfast instead of skipping this important meal. I use egg albumin powder as my primary protein source. However, every time I see a smoothie recipe, they always say to use casein and whey or soy protein. They never say to use egg albumin. Even the most recent American Dietetic Association position paper on nutrition in athletes says the same thing. What is the reason for this?

Ann Kroh, RD
Assistant Director, Food and Nutrition Services
Baptist Hospital East
Louisville, Ky.

Excellent question, Ann. You and your husband are both correct in recommending that young athletes consume a nutrient-rich breakfast because research has shown that all athletes in training need more energy and protein than their sedentary counterparts. Research also suggests that increased protein needs are likely related to amino acid oxidation during exercise or growth and repair of muscle tissue (think resistance exercise).

But the question remains: Which protein is the best source? Should athletes consume whey protein? Casein? Soy protein isolate? Egg albumin? Or should their smoothie include a mix of all of the above?


Other Nutrition News

Raw Deal
Got mouth itch? A CNN report offers interesting insight into oral allergy syndrome and the symptoms some experience after eating raw fruits and vegetables.

Hot Dog! Ballpark Gets a Healthy Makeover
The Los Angeles Times reports that Dodger Stadium has teamed with Kaiser Permanente and is going to bat for fans’ health. A Kaiser RD even had a hand in fine-tuning the stadium’s healthier menu additions.

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