Welcome to some pleasant summer reading!
Cindy Davis, PhD of the National Institutes of Health opens the issue with a fascinating exploration of the gut microbiome and its role in obesity. This is a fascinating story and Cindy lays it out well. For those who need CE credits, this is a good article to pick.
Our next two offerings focus on the first thousand days of life. We start with our clinical case led this time by Dr. David Weismiller and Dr. Kathy Kolasa on special nutritional concerns in early pregnancy and how best to handle them. Then our Canadian collegues weigh in with a summary of Canada’s nutrition recommendations from birth to 24 months. They include a nice comparison chart with other recommendations in the USA and internationally. Common threads seem to emerge, as might be expected, since babies are babies, wherever they are born.
Our next excursion is into the realm of policy and politics. Dr. Sheila Fleischhacker and Dr. Gowri Ramachandran have spent a great deal of time analyzing some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have real potential for nutritionist and nutrition educators who are looking for partners to develop community nutrition programs. This is well worth a read. Sheila is a lawyer as well as a nutritionist so she has brought her legal expertise to bear in this analysis.
Then we turn to food to wind up the issue. Our contributing editor Dr. Lou Grivetti takes us back to early days in this hemisphere and what plants contributed to our cuisines from these parts. He also points out that many common herbs and spices are here in our neighborhoods but go unrecognized!
Dr. Kristy Reimers and Dr. Debra Keast present a very interesting analysis of what kinds of tomatoes we eat and how they fit into USDA food patterns. We were surprised at the many uses of this versatile fruits that we eat as a vegetable!
Breakfast, the first meal of the day, comes in last but not least in this issue in an article by Dr. Vargas and colleagues that focuses on eating patterns in Mexican American children and adolescents. The news that ready to eat cereals improve nutrient intakes but are not associated with BMI is gratifying.
Have a happy summer and see you in the Fall.
Johanna Dwyer, D.Sc,RD