A monthly newsletter bringing you the latest from ASN Publications

The Journal of Nutrition
Volume 152, Issue 1, January 2022

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume 115, Issue 1, January 2022

Advances in Nutrition
Volume 12, Issue 6, November 2021

  • Luis A. Moreno et al. explore the impact of plant-based diets on nutrition, affordability, accessibility, culture, and the environment, noting “although flexitarian diets and territorial diversified diets have a greater impact on the environment than vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian diets, the negative effects are considerably reduced compared to Western diets, especially if diets include locally-sourced seasonal foods.”
  • Public health guidelines urge a reduction of dietary saturated fatty acids (SFAs) in favor of unsaturated fatty acids to lower the risk of cardiometabolic disease. After reviewing 44 randomized-controlled trials (RCTs), however, Laury Sellem et al. concluded that “due to the high heterogeneity and limited studies, relationships between all individual SFAs and biomarkers of cardiometabolic health need further confirmation from RCTs.”

Current Developments in Nutrition
Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2022

  • Carbohydrate-restricted diets may be an appropriate management strategy for some individuals with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic health conditions; however, these diets lead to markedly different responses in LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C), ranging from extreme elevations to reductions. Nicholas G. Norwitz et al. analyzed citizen science-organized web survey data collected from 597 adults who reported currently consuming a carbohydrate-restricted diet (CRD). Utilizing self-reported anthropometric and laboratory data, the authors identify low baseline BMI and triglycerides, as well had high HDL-C, as a predictor of the LDL-C response when following a CRD, characterizing a ‘lean mass hyper-responder (LMHR)” phenotype. This research provides the impetus for more comprehensive investigation into populations following CRDs and the identification of factors that might influence the reported rise in LDL-C when following such dietary patterns.  

Editorial Board Updates

The Journal of Nutrition Editor-in-Chief, Teresa Davis, PhD, is pleased to welcome Crystal Karakochuk, RD, PhD as a Journal of Nutrition Editorial Board Member. Dr. Karakochuk is from the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Her expertise is in international nutrition, global health, iron, malnutrition, folic acid, and micronutrients. 

Reviewer Recognition

ASN’s Editors-in-Chief thank the hundreds of individuals who took the time necessary to evaluate original manuscripts. Anonymous, conscientious, fair, and timely peer review is the lifeblood of the journal.  Each of ASN’s 4 Editors has published a list of people of individuals who reviewed for their journal over the past year (November 2020-October 2021).

Thank you to all of our 2021 reviewers:
The Journal of Nutrition
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Advances in Nutrition
Current Developments in Nutrition

Authors’ Corner

Meet the Editor Webcasts
Browse a selection of webcasts from the Editors of the ASN Journals to find out more about getting your manuscript published in a leading nutrition journal. All webcasts were recorded during the ASN’s NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE event.

Publish Open Access in ASN’s journals at no charge to you!
Last year authors from Dutch Universities and Academic Hospitals (VSNU) utilized an OUP Read and Publish agreement to publish 33 Open Access articles in ASN’s hybrid journals – more than any other group of institutions!  Read and Publish agreements allow authors from participating institutions to publish Open Access, and the institution may pay the charge. Does your institution participate? Find out here!  Look for the institution that published the 2nd most Open Access content in 2021 with ASN’s hybrid journals via Read and Publish agreements in the February newsletter!

Reader Specials

2021 AJCN Year in Review with Christopher Duggan and Deirdre Tobias
Happy New Year from everyone at The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition! In this episode, Dennis M. Bier MD Young Career Editor Kevin C. Klatt, PhD, RD sits down (literally, in person!) to talk with AJCN Editor in Chief, Christopher Duggan MD, MPH, and Academic Editor, Deirdre (DeeDee) Tobias, ScD, and reflect on 2021 at AJCN.

AJCN In Press podcasts are available on iTunes, Spotify, and at the AJCN website.

See also

Journal articles

Forthcoming Debate
Does the Concept of ‘Ultra-Processed Foods’ Help Inform Dietary Guidelines, Beyond Conventional Classification Systems?

Arguing Yes:      
Carlos Augusto Monteiro

Arguing No:        
Arne Astrup

ASN’s Journals Influencing Public Policy
World Bank Discussion Paper, Operationalizing Multisectoral Nutrition Programs to Accelerate Progress: A Nutrition Governance Perspective, released on December 22, 2021 cites JN research.

Combining Intensive Counseling by Frontline Workers with a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Has Large Differential Impacts on Complementary Feeding Practices but Not on Child Growth: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation in Bangladesh

The Journal of Nutrition, August 2016

CDN Original Research Article Finds Whole-Grain Diet Enhances Whole-Body Protein Turnover
Published in Current Developments in Nutrition, “A Whole-Grain Diet Increases Whole-Body Protein Balance Compared to a Macronutrient-Matched Refined-Grain Diet,” has quickly captured global attention.

This original research article, authored by ASN member Jacob T. Mey et al., has already placed in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. READ MORE

News from the ASN

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Submit: Scientific Achievement Awards, Lectureships and Funding Opportunities
The ASN Foundation’s annual awards recognize outstanding scientists, clinicians, and scholars for significant contributions to nutrition research, education and practice.  Nominations for four lectureships honoring lifetime achievements are also being sought. Deadline for nominations is tomorrow, Friday, January 28, 2022.  

NUTRITION 2022: NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE + Year-Round Events
Mark your calendars for NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE – June 14-16, 2022 – ASN’s flexible, convenient virtual annual event that gathers the global nutrition community and get ready for more year-round opportunities for learning through standalone activities, professional development workshops and more. 

Deadline for abstract submissions: February 14, 2022. Learn more.