Nutrition Today

Editor-in-Chief: Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
ISSN: 0029-666X
Online ISSN: 1538-9839
Frequency: 6 issues / year
From the Editor

This issue's lead article provides a wonderful review on the feeding infants during the transition from liquid to solid foods  with rich historical perspectives by Dr. Ronald Kleinman, longtime editor of the Academy of Pediatrics' Handbook of Nutrition, and Dr. Frances Coletta, who has worked for many years with mothers and infants.

Next we have three excellent articles on Vitamin D and Calcium, two nutrients that are receiving conflicting press coverage on their benefits and risks. Dr Robert Heaney, one of the nation's foremost experts on vitamin D, contributes a very interesting article positing that it is an example of the Barker Hypothesis on late effects of dietary exposures in utero, affecting not only bone but other bodily systems. Whether you agree or disagree with the hypothesis it makes for very interesting reading. Dr Kathy Kolasa and her collaborators delve into the calcium supplementation controversy as they discuss case studies of what to tell patients who ask about the conflicting studies that are being bruited about in scientific journals and the media. And finally another member of our board of editors, Dr James Anderson, teams with Dr. Cliff Rosen to provide their perspectives on these important questions. 

I think you'll find that after reading those three articles on all the controversy surrounding calcium and vitamin D that columnist Sylvia Rowe's column on communicating nutrition and other science couldn't be more timely. In science, and particularly when it comes to nutrition science, we never know "the truth" for sure. It is always possible that new experiments and new studies will provide new information that means we must change evidence based advice to patients and clients. Sylvia provides useful guidance for communicating these uncertainties in a common sense understandable way.​

Also relevant to getting nutrition messages to clients is an evaluation of what nutrition behavior change interventions really work.  Columnist Esther Meyers addresses another aspect of advice-giving about systematic reviews that involve  behavior change interventions and how to interpret them. They are complicated and the science of how to evaluate the evidence and present the results is still evolving. She provides checklists that will be helpful to anyone who is trying to evaluate or plan such programs.

We wind the issue up with another splendid contribution by Dr. Keith Singletary on commonly used culinary spices with a little history, botany and some of the recent studies that have been done about the herb and its health effects. He does an excellent job of summarizing a vast literature and identifies gaps that badly need filling.

I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I have.

​Johanna Dwyer DSc, RD​
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Dannon Institute Anniversary

Created in 1997, the Dannon Institute is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of nutrition and communicating the link between nutrition and good health. Program areas include promoting children’s nutrition, especially preschool nutrition education, and fostering the success of tomorrow’s leaders in the field of nutrition.

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