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“Prepare tacos for dinner with healthful fillers such as black or pinto beans, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, tomato, and low-fat cheese.”

Now that sounds tasty and nutritious, and it’s just one of this month’s E-News Exclusive’s suggestions RDs can offer parents of vegetarian kids who may need guidance on ensuring their children’s diets are well balanced and include the right nutrients.

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RDs to the Nutritional Rescue — Help Parents of Vegetarian Children Ensure Nutrient-Rich Diets
By Carol Patton

How can parents ensure their vegetarian children, both younger and older, obtain the nutrients their growing bodies need? RDs can offer many suggestions to parents who may be struggling to feed their vegetarian children healthful meals and snacks and ensure their diets include nutrient-dense foods, especially those that may not initially please kids’ palates. They should also communicate this simple yet vital message: If parents expect their children to eat healthfully, they must model their own advice.

Focus on Protein and Vitamins
Identifying foods that offer protein and important vitamins such as B12 is a challenge in some families. Supermarket shelves are filled with choices that can easily confuse even the savviest shoppers, says Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, who practices in Vancouver.

She explains that RDs need to educate parents about foods that are good sources of protein and vitamins. If a child stops drinking milk, for instance, parents should consider fortified soymilk, which contains roughly 7 or 8 g of protein per cup along with calcium and vitamins D and B12.

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Other Nutrition News
Watching What You Eat
According to KSAT.com, a $2 million grant is going toward developing food-recording technology to track student lunches.

Melatonin Makes a Comeback
Melatonin is being added to baked goods, and buyers are all for its relaxing side effects. But experts warn about the consumption of these products, reports The New York Times.
Field Notes
Common GI Disorder Linked to Bacterial Overgrowth, Food Poisoning

Cedars-Sinai researchers have reported two advances in the understanding of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 30 million people.

One study provided further evidence that IBS is linked to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. In a separate study, a mathematical model revealed the disease’s link to food poisoning and shows that military personnel are at much higher risk of the disorder than the rest of the population. The findings were reported at Digestive Disease Week.

“The better we understand this disease, which affects millions of Americans, the more tools we will have for fighting it,” said Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the Cedars-Sinai GI Motility Program and a primary investigator on the studies. “Patients with this condition suffer serious quality-of-life issues. It’s a disease that is frequently misunderstood and difficult for people to talk about, but it’s important for the medical community to understand the causes of the disease so we can develop the most effective treatments possible.”

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