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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

    Announcing the 2015 Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigator

    Congratulations to Michelle Cardel (@michellecardel) for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators, sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products LLC. Her presentation was entitled “Self-concept and obesity risk in low income diverse preschoolers”. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Denver being mentored by Dr James Hill and Susan Johnson. Michelle follows in the footsteps of previous winners: 2014 Monique LeMieux, Texas Tech University, 2013 Christine Hutchinson, Iowa State University; 2012 Wanida Lewis, North Carolina State University, and  2011 Maria Carlota Dao, Tufts University.

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    Think Nutrient Deficiencies are History in US? Think Again

    Nutrient deficiencies are often thought of as a thing of the past. You often hear that Americans are quite well nourished, despite the fact that inadequate intake of nutrients like vitamin D from the diet is nearly ubiquitous in America today. In 2012, the CDC released figures demonstrating the prevalence of individual deficiencies based on nationally representative biochemical assessment data from the latest round of NHANES showing that, contrary to popular belief, deficiencies are very much present in the modern day United States.

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    American Society for Nutrition Annual Meeting

    Experimental Biology 2015 (#ExpBio) starts Saturday in Boston, MA.  The meeting will host nearly 14,000 scientists and exhibitors. The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) will hold its annual meeting bringing together many of its >5,000 members from around the globe.

    DSM Nutritional Products is proud to continue its support of the ASN Minority Affairs and Diversity Committee (MARC). The MARC committee, chaired by Dr Charlotte Pratt, enhances the participation of scientists from minority groups. 

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    Young Children Require Vitamins to Develop

    Poor vitamin status contributes to poor growth in children 6-to 30-months of age. This is the conclusion of Strand and colleagues from a randomized, placebo controlled double-blind study providing twice the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of folic acid and/or vitamin B12 (vs placebo) daily for 6 months.

    While caregivers may sometimes feel they have relinquished control of their lives to their children, the food and cultural experiences of toddlers are set by caregivers. 

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    Vitamin D: Finally Something Experts can Agree Upon

    When did choosing something to eat becomes as confusing as understanding climate change? While experts may argue about the impact of greenhouse gas accumulation on the environment, lives are much shorter. If nutrition is important, our health is the result of daily decisions. In this world of information overload, what should one do about nutrition? Case in point – vitamin D.

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