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July/August 2019 - Volume 54 - Issue 4

  • Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
  • 0029-666X
  • 1538-9839
  • 6 issues / year
In this summer issue of Nutrition Today we have two excellent reviews on topics of great current interest that are highly relevant to discussions now taking place about the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Drs Palacio and Maki provide an excellent update about vegetarian diets and chronic disease risk. There is also a CE test for those who want to check their comprehension. Another favorite of mine is Dr. Mitch Kanter and Ashley Desrosiers’s comprehensive piece on personalized wellness--- how far we have come and how much farther we have to go to merge science and technology. Later in the year we’ll discuss some of the direct to consumer tests that focus on genetics and nutrition, carrying on our exploration. 

Not everything scientific is going forward swimmingly for nutrition science. Former Chief Scientist and Undersecretary of Agriculture at USDA, Dr. Catherine Woteki, comments on some recent developments involving underfunding of agricultural and nutrition research at USDA and other moves which may come back to bite us in the future.

While we are speaking of unfortunate developments, don’t’ forget to read the final article in Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander’s series on fake nutrition news. This segment tells us how we got to where we are and some possible ways to go forward. 

The issue also contains three clinical nutrition related pieces. In healthcare today, electronic medical records are the way of the future, but many of these records fail to include much or indeed anything on dietary supplements or other aspects of intake. Even in the federal government there are several electronic medical record systems being used. Drs Rebecca Costello, Patricia Deuster and their federal colleagues are trying to sort this all out within government, and their work will have important implications and assistance to other healthcare facilities as well.

There is also the problem of obtaining accurate food intake data especially from children. Dr. Varagiannis and colleagues describe what they are doing in a study of overweight children using both child and parent self-report. 

One of the newest forms of reducing diets involves intermittent fasting to lose weight. But for over a millennium in the Muslim faith, the time of Ramadan fast has existed, which involves fasting for religious reasons. Our article traces what happened to people with metabolic syndrome who fasted rigorously and others who fell off the wagon during Ramadan but still fasted a little. It turns out in addition to the religious benefits, it looks like there may be some health benefits.  

Finally, we turn to some recent nutrition history and celebrate the many successes of the Dannon Institute for early career nutrition leadership. For two decades, the Institute helped to broaden the training of nutrition faculty to give them the skills they needed to be leaders. The nutrition community should be grateful for this contribution and regrets its passing.

Johanna Dwyer DSc,RD

Editor, Nutrition Today

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Validation of a Self-reported Food Frequency for Overweight and Obese Children, Using Parental 3-Day Food Records: The 4yourfamily Study

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Nutrition Today. 54(4):151-158, July/August 2019.