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1. RD recommends 9 steps to a healthy diet

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 30, 2015

Changing one unhealthful eating habit each week for nine weeks and getting in a walk every day can go a long way toward improving health, registered dietitian Stephanie Skonos writes. Her suggestions for phasing in a healthy diet include eating only two palm-sized servings of meat each day, drinking lower-fat milk, avoiding processed foods and eating fruit instead of drinking juice. Jackson Citizen Patriot (Mich.) (06/26)

2. Top recipes from June

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jul 01, 2015

Here were the most popular recipes from last month:

3. Summer cobb salad

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 30, 2015

This colorful salad is full of fresh summer flavors! A Spicy Perspective

4. July 4th eats

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jul 02, 2015

Check out Serious Eats' collection of July 4th favorites for some inspiration.

5. Purple power smoothie bowl

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 29, 2015

Start the week off right with this delicious and beautiful smoothie bowl! Meal Makeover Moms

6. Almonds, avocados, beans among 10 superfoods for women

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 29, 2015

Eating a healthy diet can reduce women's risk for bone loss, hormonal problems, heart problems and cancer, research shows. Among the 10 best foods for women are almonds, avocados, beans, beets, carrots and salmon, dietitians say. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (06/26)

7. AAP updates guidelines on fighting childhood obesity

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 29, 2015

Parents should stock healthful foods at home, buy fewer sweetened beverages, limit screen time and encourage more physical activity to promote healthier lifestyles for the family and to help prevent and fight childhood obesity, according to updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in Pediatrics. The AAP says parents and pediatricians should work to prevent childhood obesity, as it can be difficult to treat once it has been established. (06/29)

8. Microorganisms connect the gut to the brain

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 29, 2015

Microorganisms in the gut secrete chemicals, some of which are the same as those used by neurons to regulate mood and may have a role in intestinal disorders, researchers say. Studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health are examining the gut microbiome's role in mental disorders, potentially leading to new methods of diagnosis and treatment. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/23)

9. Hospital food mistakes can be dangerous, report finds

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jun 30, 2015

Hospitals in Pennsylvania recorded 285 mistakes between January 2009 and June 2014 involving food served to patients, and eight resulted in serious harm, according to a report by the state Patient Safety Authority. The mistakes involved serving food to which the patient was allergic, serving one patient food meant for another, serving food to patients who were supposed to be fasting and serving the wrong kind of diet. Hospitals should educate staff and have written procedures on handling special dietary needs, patient safety analyst Susan Wallace said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (06/28)

10. Gluten-free not recommended for people who don't have celiac disease

SmartBrief for Nutritionists | Jul 01, 2015

Up to a third of Americans may have reduced their consumption of gluten-containing foods, but for people who do not have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet could result in nutritional deficiencies, damage to healthy gut flora and weight gain, doctors say. Some people do have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but there is no definitive test for the condition and the only way to confirm it is through a gluten challenge. People who suspect they may have celiac disease or NCGS should not alter their diet, which can result in inaccurate test results, and should see a doctor for a celiac disease test, doctors say. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/29)

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