Best wishes for the holiday season. We wind up the year with some fascinating reviews of little known nutrients and other bioactive constituents. We start the issue off with a review of the latest developments in research on choline- that underconsumed and underappreciated essential nutrient that is based on a recent meeting of the experts. Two excellent offerings on clinical nutrition are provided. The first is by Dr. Leila Saldanha who takes us through the implications of changes involved in the new FDA Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels. The changes in DVs may result in some surprising challenges for clinicians and consumers. If you find this article half as valuable as I did, it will be well worth the cost of the issue. Then we turn to some little known characteristics about vitamin K that our advisor Carolyn Berdanier has put together. It includes a guide not only to the biochemistry but to vitamain K’s many functions, including some new ones you may be surprised to learn about—I was! The iodine story is another example of putting the puzzle of how goiter arises when it is deficient, and includes some interesting history. Dr. Berdanier again does the honors. Under our food science topic, we tackle the first of two reviews on tea and the polyphenols in it that may have beneficial biological effects on health. This article is led by Dr. Andrew Neilson along with editorial advisory board member, Dr. Mario Feruzzi.
Much has been written about oats and milk and Dr. Taylor Wallace and colleagues have also done an interesting analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on the association of intake of them with cardiovascular risk factors. It’s an interesting analysis that deserves a look.
Next, we travel to Chile and a study that Lucia Pienovi and colleagues have done on the association between sugary foods and adverse health outcomes. Communications is half the battle in nutrition. Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander wind up their excellent contributions this year with another wonderful column on communications. Dr. Rachel Paul and her colleagues have done some very interesting work with some of the new media and she provides recommendations for this new form of nutrition education in #eatingoodtonight Educational Campaign over Social Media.
With every good wish for a very happy holiday and for the coming year,