Oral Allergy Syndrome

When reviewing a client’s medical history, you see an extensive list of food allergies, including certain raw fruits and vegetables. The client indicates that they can safely consume these foods when cooked. You make a note to clarify this with them in person; surely this is a food preference or a digestive issue, and not […]

How Indoor Farming May Save Salads

For more than a decade, romaine lettuce and other green leafy vegetables have been the source of E coli O157:H7 outbreaks (see Today’s Dietitian’s 2007 article “The E. coli Outbreak — Lettuce Learn a Lesson”). The most recent incident, which began in September 2019, was considered to be under control as of January 15, 2020, by […]

Nutrition Superstars of the Center Aisles

In mid-March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, consumer shopping and eating habits have changed. New tracking data from IRi Worldwide show a shift in shopping habits in the United States from the perimeter of the supermarket to the center aisles. Consumers are now purchasing more frozen foods (an increase […]

Make Meal Prep Work

If you’ve been a dietitian for any length of time, you’re familiar with the concept of meal preparation. With so many clients looking to get healthful meals on the table quickly and easily, it can seem as though meal prep and being a dietitian go hand in hand. This is true now more than ever. […]

Constipation in Older Adults

Doris is a healthy 69-year-old woman who recently has had problems with “irregularity,” her polite word for constipation. She thought it was just a symptom of aging, but the problem was really starting to bother her. Despite her embarrassment, Doris summoned up the courage to talk with her primary care provider (PCP), who ruled out […]

Saturated Fats and CVD Risk

Janelle is a 59-year-old woman who’s concerned about her risk of CVD. Her mother died at age 61 from a heart attack, and, even though Janelle is relatively healthy, her LDL cholesterol is above the acceptable range, and she wants to decrease her risk. The information Janelle has found online regarding dietary fat and cholesterol […]

Lowdown on the New Nutrition Facts Label

As many RDs know, the Nutrition Facts label is getting a makeover. In 2016, the FDA published its final rule about a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. Changes to the panel include a larger font size for calories and serving sizes, a new category for added sugars, and updated daily recommendations for fiber and sodium. […]

8 Ways to Support Immunity

During this trying time of concern over COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal organizations have centered around washing hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying home. However, not much press has been given to a key concept that dietitians know plenty […]