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November/December 2020 - Volume 55 - Issue 6

  • Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
  • 0029-666X
  • 1538-9839
  • 6 issues / year

Dear Friends,

Perhaps this COVID year more than any other in recent memory, you’ll have time to catch up on your reading. We hope that you’ll include this final issue of 2020 in your browsing and of course our hopes are with you for a safe New Year. 

This month, we feature articles from the Middle East, Greece, Indonesia, China, and India. 
Intermittent fasts have become very popular, and Antoine Aoun MD PhD provides both an historical perspective on fasting through the ages and some interesting distinctions among the various techniques people are using today in a review on the safety and efficacy of intermittent fasting for weight loss. This is our CE article for those who need credits for the various accrediting bodies.

Then we turn to caffeine and its use or misuse when rehydrating. Athanasios Zavvos and his coauthors provide a nice review and study of the effects of taking the equivalent of a shot of espresso’s caffeine content on body fluids after exercise. It doesn’t look like they help, and they may retard rehydration. Mochammad Rizal provides us with an interesting pilot study on the effects of a low glycemic index breakfast using locally available foods in a group of high school students. And Dongwan Zhu and colleagues provide a look at some risk factors and challenge from Type 2 Diabetes in China which is now very prevalent there. Dr. Para Sharma focuses on psyllium’s nutritional composition and health benefits in another nice review. Dr. Keith Singletary provides insights on one of the most colorful of the herbs and spices in his excellent series in his article on saffron and its potential health benefits. We wind up with the exploration of unsweetened frozen and canned fruit which turn out to provide almost all the nutritional advantages of fresh fruits, with none of the extra calories and sugar that other products provide. Then on to imagine a world without any cows, by Dr. Mitch Kanter. This mind game is worth playing and the results may surprise you!

We conclude with two serious looks at communications within and about science. Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander weigh in with a terrific column on social media; we often wonder, and they explore, whether social media is a facilitator or roadblock to communicating science and nutrition in particular. Since they aren’t going to go away, our contributors’ helpful suggestions need to be put in place. Speaking of communications, Dr. Connie Weaver of our editorial board weighs in on expert committees that help decide what is to be communicated about nutritional science as well as what research should be done. She also makes some very helpful and long overdue recommendations. 

I thank my managing editor, Randi Baranbaum MS RD, our publisher, all our contributing editors, our editorial board, as well as the many reviewers who have helped so much in getting Nutrition Today through this difficult year. 

Please stay happy and safe in this exceedingly unusual holiday season. Next year promises a more congenial time for all of us.

Johanna Dwyer DSc,RD
Editor, Nutrition Today

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