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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
June 25, 2014

Dear Valued Subscriber,


Welcome to our mid-week eNewsletter.
Did you know that children consuming a diet more in line with the rules of Mediterranean style are 15% less likely to be overweight or obese than children who do not? The research from eight countries was presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity.
In case you missed Monday's eNewsletter, we want you to be aware of the wide-reaching chia seed recall (click for details). While we rarely recommend chia, many clients use it. A client told us she was about to open a new container of the affected lot when she read our eNewsletter!

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Why We Need to Eat Protein With Each Meal.

The first answer is the one that most of you already know. Eating protein with carbohydrates slows down blood sugar metabolism.


The second answer that was highlighted in this month's Journal of Nutrition has to do with the building and maintenance of muscle.


Protein intake is often skewed toward the evening meal, whereas breakfast for many is typically carbohydrate rich and low in protein.


Researchers examined the effects of protein distribution on 24-hour skeletal muscle protein synthesis in healthy adult men and women.


The muscle protein synthesis rate was 25% higher in the subjects who ate protein with each meal versus the subjects who skewed most of their protein towards evening meals.


So the best way to continually maintain good muscle tone and not go through a yo-yo type process is to eat balanced meals throughout the day, including snacks.


Landmark Ruling Levels Playing Field for Dietary Advice.

Bonnie: Did you know that until last month, I could not walk into a hospital and recommend dietary advice to an admitted patient because I was not a registered dietitian? Even though I am licensed by the State of Illinois, RD's had a monopoly on dietary advice in the hospital setting. Until last month, that is.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) ruled that: "all patient diets, including therapeutic diets, must be ordered by a practitioner responsible for the care of the patient, or by a qualified dietitian or qualified nutrition professional as authorized by the medical staff and in accordance with State law."


The ruling goes on to state: "We agree with commenters that the regulatory language should be inclusive of all qualified nutrition professionals. We do not agree with commenters who requested that we use the term "registered dietitian" or define "qualified dietitian" as an individual specifically registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. We agree that a more flexible approach would be the best way to ensure that patients benefit from the improved quality of care that these professionals can bring to hospital food and dietetic services."


This is great news for patients and long suffering heath professionals who could not perform their full duties.


Other news echoing the importance of nutritional counseling is available for NCI Well Connect subscribers.