Video game use may affect dietary choices, study says | RD: Keep bananas on the menu in a weight-loss diet | Test children for CD before they go gluten-free
June 2, 2020
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Male college students who were moderate or heavy video game players ate more saturated fat than those who did not play video games, and those who were moderate gamers consumed more salt than those who did not play video games, according to data presented at Nutrition 2020 Live Online. Heavy video game playing was associated with consuming more discretionary calories, when compared with not playing, and men who were moderate and heavy video game users consumed fewer fruits and vegetables.
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Dietary Health
Registered dietitian Tamsin Jordan says bananas are a "nutritional powerhouse," providing potassium and vitamin C, and can be part of a weight-loss diet. Jordan says the fiber in bananas allow for a slow release of glucose into the bloodstream, which can promote satiety and appetite control.
Full Story: Women's Health (6/1) 
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Only people with celiac disease need to go strictly gluten-free and children should be tested for CD before starting a gluten-free diet, says Dr. Ivor Hill. Registered dietitian Liz Weinandy says when following a gluten-free diet it is important to check that foods labeled gluten-free are not loaded with extra sugar, and she recommends focusing on whole, unprocessed foods that eliminate gluten while adding nutrients.
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Science & Research
People diagnosed with bipolar disorder who followed a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in omega-6 fatty acids, along with receiving regular care, had reductions in mood variability, irritability and pain, when compared with those who consumed levels of fatty acids seen in a regular US diet, researchers reported at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2020 Virtual Conference. People in the intervention group ate more fatty fish and used a specially blended cooking oil, while those in the control group consumed more white fish and fish lower in fatty acids.
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Prevention & Well-Being
Physical distancing, masks reduce spread of COVID-19
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A systematic review of 172 studies on coronavirus transmission found that physical distancing and use of face masks and eye protection are the best ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The findings, published in The Lancet, showed good hygiene and regular hand-washing are also critical in preventing SARS, MERS and COVID-19.
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A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine linked light physical activity to reduced stress, better mood and a lower body mass index, and moderate to vigorous activity with lower body fat and BMI. Researcher Jacob Meyer said it may be easier to consistently perform housework and other light activities than to go on long runs.
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Foodservice Management
School nutrition programs face budget challenges
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Hundreds of school districts providing access to food for children during the coronavirus pandemic have lost $626.4 million in revenue, according to a School Nutrition Association survey; the losses stem from increased need during prolonged school closures and higher prices of food and personal protective gear needed by those serving the meals. SNA anticipates schools may continue to face challenges in the fall if more free or reduced-price meal applications must be processed during an already complicated time, said SNA's Diane Pratt-Heavner.
Full Story: USA Today (5/31) 
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Recipe of the Day
Sesame carrot noodle salad
A subtly spicy sesame-honey dressing adds flavor to this shaved carrot salad. Food & Nutrition Magazine
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Academy News
Academy names new national media spokespeople
The Academy has appointed five registered dietitian nutritionists to three-year terms as media spokespeople and reappointed eight spokespeople to another term. The new spokespeople are Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN; Su-Nui Escobar, MS, RDN/LDN; Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RD, LD, CSCS; Melissa Ann Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN; and Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN. Read the full announcement to learn about their professional backgrounds.
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COVID-19 stimulus package
The Academy is asking members to urge their senators to prioritize critical nutrition programs in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Take action and learn more.
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Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse that provide an array of health benefits.
RD Tamsin Jordan, as quoted by Women's Health
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