PEN eNews 11(6) June 2021
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Gastritis and Peptic Ulcer Disease – Are You Up-to-Date?
Have you looked at the Gastrointestinal System - Gastritis and Peptic Ulcer Disease Knowledge Pathway lately? All of the practice questions were just updated:
Looking for more gastrointestinal disease content? There are:
25 Knowledge Pathways
145 Practice Questions
85 Client Handouts
And so much more!
Type "gastrointestinal disease" into the PEN Search and check out the results!
Reactive Hypoglycemia - What is the Latest?
The QuestionWhat is the recommended dietary management of reactive (postprandial) hypoglycemia?
Low quality evidence suggests that interventions that slow glucose absorption and reduce insulin response are recommended for individuals with reactive hypoglycemia (RH). These interventions consist of:
- consuming frequent small meals
- limiting or avoiding high glycemic index (GI) foods
- including fibre, in particular soluble fibres
- limiting mixed alcoholic beverages
- following a mainly vegetarian dietary pattern emphasizing low fat, high complex carbohydrates with fermented products.
To see the full practice question, including the Evidence Summary, Remarks, Evidence Statements, Comments, and References, click here.
Want to know what else is new and updated? Bookmark these pages:
New Knowledge Pathway Content (Knowledge Pathways, Practice Questions, Summary of Recommendations and Evidence, Practice Guidance Toolkits, Backgrounds)
Tools and Resources.
The Autism Knowledge Pathway is Updated!
The Autism Knowledge Pathway was just updated. Do you know the answers to these questions?
- Do interventions for reducing restrictive eating improve food acceptance in children with autism spectrum disorder who exhibit restrictive eating behaviours?
- Do children with autism spectrum disorder experience a reduction in the symptoms of autism when a gluten-free/casein-free diet is followed, and does this diet affect diet quality?
- Do individuals with autism spectrum disorder taking a daily multivitamin mineral supplement experience a reduction in symptoms of autism?
- Are children with autism spectrum disorder deficient in peripheral iron levels and does supplementation improve symptoms of ASD?
- Do children with autism spectrum disorder experience a reduction in autistic symptoms when supplemented with magnesium and vitamin B6?
- Is polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation an effective intervention for the reduction of autistic symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder?
- Do children with autism spectrum disorder exhibit reduced gastrointestinal and/or improved behavioural symptoms with probiotic supplementation?
- Is melatonin safe and effective for the management of sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder?
Check out this knowledge pathway
for the answers and for additional information.
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Surprising Findings: Insects - Friend, Foe or Feast?
Insects are on my mind lately. As an avid gardener, I spend a fair bit of time capturing the destructive ones in my garden at night and reading about means to combat these foes. In some cases, my strategy includes adding beneficial insects, whom I welcome as friends to my garden. Reading and watching the recent news on cicadas, especially the cicada gourmet snacks, made me wonder about insects and food safety.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently released an overview on edible insects from a food safety perspective (1). Some of the key challenges outlined include:
- biological agent (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic) and chemical contamination (pesticides, toxic metals, flame retardants) that can occur in the growth and harvesting of wild and farmed insects and as a result of the environment
- the consumption of wild and/or raw insects
- allergic reactions to new allergens as well as potential cross-reactions with crustacean allergies
- the quality and safety of the feed provided to the farmed insects.
Regulated farming and trade, as well as research into the various aspects of food safety involved in edible insect production and consumption, are noted as means to address these challenges.
There are potential safety issues with all foods. As dietitians, it is helpful to consider these issues as part of the whole picture. There is a new PEN background coming soon that provides a comprehensive overview of entomophagy (the consumption of insects as foods). For now, I will keep an open mind and look forward to reading more about the topic. I will also continue to hunt my garden foes, but not for lunch (yet!).
- FAO. Looking at edible insects from a food safety perspective. Challenges and opportunities for the sector. 2021. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4060/cb4094en
Heather Alaverdy MA, RD
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Reposted and Updated from the December 2015 eNews article
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