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I can’t quite believe that this is the last issue of NHD for 2019. As the New Year approaches, it gives me time to reflect on the past Over the summer, celery juice was 12 months. hailed on social media as a magical As with recent years, 2019 has been full of cure for chronic illness (if only it was nutrition stories, some good, some bad, that easy!) and vegans were warned to but most exaggerated by the press. The make sure that they were eating enough year started with the annual Veganuary choline in their diet (BMJ Nutrition). with plenty of stories and tips on being August bought the long-awaited vegan. New year, new you and there Saturated Fat and Health report from the were also plenty of stories about sugar Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and how to decrease it. Readers of this (SACN). There were no surprises though, column may remember that I contributed as it recommended to keep the amount of by talking about sugar on the local BBC saturated fat in our diet to no more than 10% of energy. This disappointed fans on news Midlands Today with Nick Owen. February gave us some sense, with a the low carb high fat diet! team from Glasgow University looking September saw red meat back on the at the country’s most popular social menu with claims that the evidence that media influencers (based on those who red meat is linked to poor health is weak. had at least 80,000 followers on one site). The headlines implied we should eat lots They found that only one out of nine of meat, which is not the case. One of my leading UK bloggers making weight favourite web sites is NHS behind the management claims provided accurate headlines (www.nhs.uk/news). It always and trustworthy information. Eek! time throws some sense into the confusion to get on social media folks! and NHD tries to post up factual reports In May, ultra-processed foods were from this site whenever relevant. The linked to an early death! According to latest News pages (www.nhdmag.com/ the news reports, chicken nuggets, ice latest-news.html) are always a good cream and cereal are all going to kill us. starting point for our industry headlines. Ok, slightly over the top. Just cut down on Moving into autumn, October them and have more vegetables and fruit! highlighted malnutrition in the com We then increased the positivity in June munity and hospitals, with the second for Dietitians Week. #whatdietitiansdo Malnutrition Awareness Week. was filling up our social media feeds, What a nutrition story filled year! Get with dietitians showcasing what they did ready for the whole cycle to start again best. The BDA ran a competition to find in 2020. Let’s be ready to combat the a photo that encapsulated the role of a misinformation out there by posting/ dietitian and I was involved in a charity blogging /tweeting credible nutritional recipe book, Dietitian Approved, that raised information. Here’s to a Happy and over £1000. Healthy 2020.

Louise Robertson Specialist Dietitian Louise is an experienced NHS dietitian who has been specialising in the fascinating area of Inherited Metabolic Disorders in adults for the last 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys running her blog Dietitian's Life with her colleague and good friend Sarah Howe, playing the cello and keeping up with her two little girls! www. dietitianslife.com

www.NHDmag.com December 2019 / January 2020 - Issue 150


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Are you considering the immune challenges surrounding infants with cow’s milk allergy? A critical time of life Breast milk is the gold standard in the first year of life, providing not only nutrition, but protection and support for the developing immune system.1,2 Immunologically vulnerable Without the protective benefits of breast milk, formula-fed infants with cow’s milk allergy are at higher risk of several inflammatory and allergic conditions.1,3–6

A new infant formula Abbott will soon launch EleCare®, by Similac®, the first amino-acid based infant formula in the UK with 2’-FL HMO*, designed to support the infant’s developing immune system.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for infants and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. *Not sourced from human milk. 2’-FL HMO: 2’-fucosyllactose human milk oligosaccharide. HMOs are a diverse group of bioactive, non-digestible carbohydrates and the third most abundant solid component of breast milk.7,8 References. 1. Kainonen E, et al. Br J Nutr. 2013;109(11):1962–1970. 2. Walker A. J Pediatr. 2010;156(Suppl 2):S3–S7. 3. Flom JD, Sicherer SH. Nutrients. 2019;11(5):E1051. 4. Oddy WH. Ann Nutr Metab. 2017;70(Suppl 2):26–36. 5. Lifschitz C, Szajewska H. Eur J Pediatr. 2015;174(2): 141–150. 6. Jo J, et al. Mediators Inflamm. 2014;2014:249784. 7. Triantis V, et al. Front Pediatr. 2018;6:190. 8. Castanys-Muñoz E, et al. Adv Nutr. 2016;7(2):323–330. ANUKANI190277h November 2019

Click here to read the Dec/Jan issue Articles include: • Weaning preterm babies

• Nasogastric tube feeding • Fussy eating in toddlers • Constipation and treatment • Popular liquid diets

• Plant-based diets • Care caterers in social care • Follow-on formula new regulations

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A WORKPLACE NUTRITION DIETITIAN I have been a dietitian for over 10 years and have been lucky enough to work in many areas of dietetics, inc...


A WORKPLACE NUTRITION DIETITIAN I have been a dietitian for over 10 years and have been lucky enough to work in many areas of dietetics, inc...