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Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Obesity is an epidemic in South Carolina and around the nation. One of the options to consider for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is weight loss surgery. In the video below, Dr. Glen Strickland of the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center at Lexington Medical Center talks about patients who can benefit from weight loss surgery.

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Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day: May 15th

by Morgan Robbins RD, LD at LMC

Before you sit down with your glass of milk and cookie on May 15th, take some time to read about how chocolate, in moderation, can promote health. Chocolate, made from the cocoa bean, is rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are most commonly known for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants may prevent, or delay cell damage by blocking free radicals.

cookies4Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in chocolate. Flavanols have multiple health benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the heart and brain as well as their antioxidant properties. Flavanols are also found in onions, apples, celery, red wine and tea.

Keep in mind, not all chocolate is created equal. Cocoa’s natural flavor is strong and pungent; the steps taken to process cocoa will reduce this taste. It used to be said the darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidant properties. Research shows the more processed the chocolate is, the less flavanols the chocolate will have, meaning darker doesn’t always mean better. Commercial chocolate (i.e. Reeses, Snickers, etc.) are highly processed and therefore lack the heart healthy antioxidant properties.

For now, your safest bet is to stick with darker chocolate; it is too difficult to determine the exact path your chocolate has taken to arrive to your table. Additional sugar, fat and oils are added to milk chocolate, making it the less healthy choice of the two. Be mindful of the type of dark chocolate you eat, added ingredients (nuts, caramel, nougat) all mean additional processing. As with anything, moderation is key, keep your chocolate serving to one ounce or less, only a few times weekly.

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, try adding some dark chocolate chips or chunks to your yogurt, oatmeal or to a homemade trail mix!


Dietitian vs. Nutritionist, is there a Difference?

table setting_foodBy: Morgan V. Robbins, RD, LD at LMC

As a Registered Dietitian (RD), I’m always asked if there is a difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist. The two terms have different meanings and cannot be used interchangeably. The term RD (Registered Dietitian) and RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) do mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. RD is the more generally used term, however the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics now allows Registered Dietitians to use RD or RDN to more accurately reflect to consumers what Registered Dietitians are and what they do. All RD’s and RDN’s can be considered “nutritionists”, however not all nutritionists can call themselves an RD or RDN.

Registered Dietitian
•Bachelors degree at minimum in dietetics, nutrition or nutritional science
•RDN’s have met recommendations put forth by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
•RD and RDN are nationally recognized and legally protected title, only eligible for use by those authorized by the CDR
•Registered Dietitians offer the highest level of nutrition counseling, areas of expertise include:
•Management of chronic disease
•Pre/Post gastric surgeries
•Eating disorders
•Digestive problems
•Child and adolescent eating issues
•Weight loss
•Elderly and aging
•Sports performance

•Not a nationally recognized title
•Definition varies state to state
•May or may not have educational background in the field of nutrition – be sure research this information prior to meeting with a nutritionist
•No requirements to call yourself a “nutritionist”

The Registered Dietitian is the nutrition expert based on their required education, formal training/ internship, passing of registration exam and maintaining continuing education credits. RD’s take science-based evidence and translate it into easy-to-follow advice. As an informed consumer, be sure you understand the credentials of the individual giving you nutrition advice.

March 12th is National Dietitian Day, be sure to recognize your local dietitian!