Research Research Editorial| Volume 114, ISSUE 11, P1736-1738, November 2014

Role of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in the Research and Promotion of Native and Cultural Foods

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      In this issue of the Journal, Lopez-Romero and colleagues reported the physiological effects of ingestion of the native Mexican cactus plant (nopal, Opuntia ficus indica) on selected metabolic parameters in both healthy Mexicans and those with type 2 diabetes.
      • Lopez-Romero P.
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      • et al.
      The effect of nopal (Opuntia ficus indica) on postprandial blood glucose, incretins, and antioxidant activity in Mexican patients with type 2 diabetes after consumption of two different composition breakfasts [published online ahead of print August 12, 2014].
      This research editorial will discuss four topics of interest in the area of native and cultural foods: the central role they play in immigrant diets, the effect of decreased intake with globalization and acculturation, the value of identifying key foods that may contribute to a healthy lifestyle within a culture, and the need for carefully conducted studies of native cultural foods to provide evidence-based findings in the area of alternative and complementary nutrition.


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      H. T. Bilyk is an assistant professor, Department of Nutrition, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL.