Subject: Dietitians of the Week

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Dietitians of the Week
Check our Facebook page every weekday for our RD of the Day, as we put a much-deserved spotlight on a dietitian who's either making headlines or writing them and delivering their expertise through the media. Here are this week's featured RDs.


Emily Fonnesbeck, RD Facebook Twitter
"An 'all-or-nothing' attitude — not the food — is really your worst enemy when it comes to eating," explains Monday's RD of the Day on KSL.com in Salt Lake City. "That’s why I like to help people live more in the gray, and go with something that feels more moderate and flexible, while also helping them take responsibility for their health and well-being."

In her column, "4 nutrition tips to honor your health without dieting", Emily Fonnesbeck, RD, offers these tips "without it feeling overwhelming, obsessive or preoccupying."

Emily says that all of the different ideas and fads that promise people weight loss and health, added to possible health concerns, needing to accommodate many different appetites within a family and the societal pressures on body image, and "it’s easy to choose one of two things: throw your hands up in despair or go on a diet."

Emily's tips are common sense, safe, and manageable changes that anyone can make to lead a healthier lifestyle without extremes. For this measured, professional advice, we chose Emily as Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: 4 nutrition tips to honor your health without dieting


Melissa Mendez, RD  
Whether you're plant-based or a meat-eater, potatoes can be a tasty and filling option. Tuesday's RD of the Day is interviewed by KERA (TX) on "The Pros And Cons Of Eating Potatoes."

Melissa Mendez, an outpatient RD with Parkland Hospital in Dallas, considers potatoes in the grain family because they're a starchy vegetable that fits into a well-balanced diet. Potatoes don't have fat on their own, Melissa explains, they become unhealthy with added toppings.

Fiber (in the skin), potassium, iron and Vitamins B6 and C are the good things found in potatoes nutritionally. The bad, Melissa says, is frying them in lots of oil and loading them up with unhealthy toppings.

Melissa, who teaches classes in Meal Planning for Diabetes and Weight Management, recommends baking, steaming, roasting, or grilling potatoes. Research has shown, she explains, that boiling can decrease up to 75 percent of its mineral content.

Check out the article, listen to the full audio interview and see why we chose Melissa as Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: The Pros And Cons Of Eating Potatoes


Jessica Crandall, RDN, CDE, AFAA Facebook
Have you been approached by clients or read about MCT oil—a fat-burning, metabolism-revving superfood? SHAPE unpacks the rumors and explains exactly what this mystery ingredient really is and our Wednesday RD of the Day provides the expert nutritional insights.

"What Is MCT Oil and Is It the Next Superfood?" starts by explaining that much of the hype behind the recent (and, for some, ongoing) coconut oil craze is due to it having medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs for short), whose oil is made in the lab by combining medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil and palm oil.

Why both? Here in lies the need for an RD. "We're finding coconut oil is a blend of these chains," says Jessica Crandall, RDN, CDE, AFAA. This is part of the reason why it's been recently reported that coconut oil might not be as healthy as you think.

In an article made for chemistry-loving RDs, Jessica explains why medium-chain is better than long, and how long chains (10 to 12 carbon molecules) take longer to metabolize and get stored as fat in the process.

"None of the benefits of MCT oil have been shown to be true with coconut oil," says Crandall, the Wellness Center Director at Denver Wellness and Nutrition. Why not? Again, it all comes down to the kind of saturated fat found in those medium chains.

Check out the full article and read more of the insights Jessica provided on this interesting subject to earn Wednesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: What Is MCT Oil and Is It the Next Superfood?


Mandy Nix, RD, LDN  
Have you heard the phrase “Eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper”? Is this the way we should be eating? Thursday's RD of the Day answers as an expert in the Morganton News Herald.

Just by the title of her article, "Eat earlier, less at night," Mandy Nix, RD, LDN, makes a clear statement. "Research shows that eating most of our calories during the day and less at night may be the best way to eat for better health, digestion and weight loss," she explains.

Recognizing that many people don't eat enough during the day and make dinner their biggest meal, Mandy says that consuming a healthy full breakfast, moderate lunch, and light dinner has shown to be the best way to consume our meals.

"It is important to stop eating at least 3 hours before bedtime to allow your body to rest when it is time for bed," the North Carolina native writes. "If you eat before bedtime, you redirect energy to digestion. It is important to allow your body time to finish digesting then prepare to relax and not devout energy to digesting while asleep."

For more on the research and concerns about eating late, check out the full article and see why Mandy was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Eat earlier, less at night


Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN Facebook Twitter
Our Friday RD of the Day says that 60 percent of shoppers these days say they've bought a specialty food or beverage over the past six months. That's compared to 3-5% in the 1950's, with millennials leading the way and not afraid to spend for what they want.

In her Eat + Run column in U.S. News and World Report, Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN, provides her choices for "5 High-End Food Trends That Are Actually Worth Following."

Her selections are diverse, ranging from plants to fat. All of Bonnie's choices are explained scientifically and she even offers some specific brands and products she likes (with no business affiliation to any).

Chosen several times for her writing and insight, Bonnie once again earns Friday's RD of the Day honors with these smart and helpful choices. Read the whole column to see which 5 she chose.

Read the article: 5 High-End Food Trends That Are Actually Worth Following