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May 2012

USDA Food Recalls Update

When it comes to diabetes management, food is probably the most important component. What we eat affects our blood sugar levels, nutrition, weight, and feelings of satisfaction and well being.

But as careful as we are about our food choices, sometimes the people who supply that food are not as careful. Fortunately, government agencies like the US Department of Agriculture help protect us by issuing recalls and warnings about foods and food suppliers that fail to meet minimum sanitary and health standards.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 31, 2012

April 2012

Kale Chip Recipe

INGREDIENTS
1 large bunch (about 1 1/4 pounds) kale, stems and center ribs discarded, leaves roughly torn
2 sheets nori, cut into 1-by-2-inch strips
1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Oil* (see below)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Grated zest of 1 lemon

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 6, 2012

August 2011

Adding Spices to High-Fat Meals Can Knock Down Triglycerides

Spices not only add zing to meals, but they may also reduce the high levels of triglycerides produced by eating high-fat meals.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2011

Color Pictures of the 10 Worst Foods for People With Diabetes!

Our office manager sent us this link to a site with beautiful color photos of 10 foods that people with diabetes should avoid.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 9, 2011

July 2011

Goodbye, Pyramid; Hello, MyPlate

Say goodbye to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's old Food Pyramid. The tapered food guide is giving way to MyPlate, a colorful visual aid that shows the rough proportions of fruit, vegetables, protein, grains, and that dairy people should consume at every meal.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 2, 2011

June 2011

Survey Shows Cost Catching Up to Taste in Food-Buying Decisions

As prices rise, Americans are beginning to pay almost as much attention to the cost of food as they do to its taste. That's one of the findings of the 2011 Food & Health Survey, recently published by the International Food Industry Council Foundation (IFICF).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 9, 2011

April 2011

Analysis of 24 Studies Shows Soy Has Negligible Effect on Blood Sugar

After comparing results from 24 studies, researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong found little evidence that increasing soy intake improves people's blood sugar levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2011

March 2011

STEVIA: Can Nature’s Sweetener Help Your Blood Sugar?

You know that awful feeling when a sugar low is coming. I break out into a cold sweat, feel panicky, get nauseated, and have trouble answering extremely simple questions like "Do you need to eat?" Well, I was feeling it again, and again, and I didn't know why. That's what I hate the most: When things go wrong, but I think I've been doing everything right.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 8, 2011

February 2011

Peeling a Grape Ups Your BG Test Results

According to a new study published in Diabetes Care, your finger-prick blood glucose test may be "abnormally and significantly high" if you test after handling fruit without first scrubbing your hands thoroughly and vigorously. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 11, 2011

January 2011

Front Labels on Food Packages Are Misleading

After the American Heart Association introduced its heart healthy logo in 1995, manufacturers apparently decided that such "healthy" logos were a pretty good marketing idea. Similar logos, called front-of-the-package labels, or FoP labels, have become popular with several food manufacturers, each of which has developed its own labels using its own criteria. Now, not surprisingly, a study by the Prevention Institute has found that these labels are misleading to customers. According to the Prevention Institute's executive director, Larry Cohen, they "emphasize one healthy aspect to trick [customers] into buying something fundamentally unhealthy." Dora the Explorer Fruit Shapes, for example, prominently labels itself as "gluten free," but does not mention the fact that 58 percent of its calories come from sugar.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 31, 2011

September 2010

Blueberries Improve Pre-diabetic Condition

New research findings reveal that one of America's favorite colorful fruits, blueberries, have properties that help to improve factors related to pre-diabetes and decrease inflammation in obese men and women. Chronic low-grade inflammation related to obesity contributes to insulin resistance, a major factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. "This is an excellent example of the importance of clinical trials to building our knowledge-base in helping to improve public health," said Steven Heymsfield, PBRC Executive Director

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 21, 2010

June 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Expand Pediatric Partnership to Combat Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON - In collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched the Good Health ClubSM Physician Toolkit - unique educational materials designed to foster better communication between pediatricians and their patients on childhood obesity and diabetes prevention.  The toolkit will be available to pediatricians in communities across the country.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 11, 2010

December 2009

Sugar Plum Dreams

The dictionary defines a sugar plum as a small round or oval piece of sugary candy. But for most of us, visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads conjures up a far vaster array of sweet holiday treats. From cakes, cookies, and pies, to sugar-laced seasonal beverages, and yes, plenty of sweet confections, the holiday season is arguably the sweetest time of the year - and the most difficult when one is trying to keep carbohydrates and calories in check.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 15, 2009

Coffee, Tea, or Type 2 Diabetes?

CHICAGO - Individuals who drink more coffee (regular or decaffeinated) or tea appear to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to an analysis of previous studies reported in the December 14/28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. A previously published meta-analysis suggested drinking more coffee may be linked with a reduced risk, but the amount of available information has more than doubled since.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 14, 2009

It's All in the Cooking: Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Good for Your Heart When Cooked Properly

It's been known for some time that omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease, but no one has really known if one dietary source is better than another. For that reason, Lixin Meng, MS, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, designed a study to compare sources, types, amounts, and frequencies of omega-3 in diets, while taking into account gender and ethnic groups. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's 2009 Scientific Sessions.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2009

November 2009

Pesticides in Your Food: How To Avoid the Worst Culprits

Do you ever stand in the fruit and vegetable section of your food store and wonder if it's really worth it to buy organic produce? Or do you wonder which conventionally grown items you can buy to save money and which items you should absolutely buy organic? I sure do. And I always resent standing there at the market, having to choose between a piece of fruit that has been exposed to chemicals and one that hasn't. Who should have to make a choice like that? Especially if you are taking that food home to your children. No one wants to eat poison.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 13, 2009

September 2009

Biotransformed Blueberry Juice Fights Fat and Diabetes

Juice extracted from North American lowbush blueberries, biotransformed with bacteria from the skin of the fruit, holds great promise as an anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agent. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, was conducted by researchers from the Université de Montréal, the Institut Armand-Frappier and the Université de Moncton who tested the effects of biotransformed juices compared to regular blueberry drinks on mice.

comments 3 comments - Posted Sep 10, 2009

Welcome News on the Beverage Front: Non-Sugar Sweeteners Help With Long-Term Weight Control

Here's a sweet bit of news: Drinking sugar-free beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners increases "dietary restraint," the ability of people to maintain long-term weight loss.

comments 5 comments - Posted Sep 7, 2009

August 2009

High Fat Hangover

Everyone knows that eating only high fat food is unhealthy way down the road, but we don't really worry that eating a burger will hurt us by next week. Unfortunately, however, it turns out that a high fat diet damages our health (and our brain functioning) a lot sooner than we would like to think. In fact, new research shows that the effects are felt within only ten days. As far as I'm concerned, this was already shown conclusively in the film "Super Size Me," in which director Morgan Spurlock personally examined the effects of fast food on the human body. For one month, he ate only at McDonald's, ordering everything on the menu and "super-sizing" his order whenever asked. Right before our eyes, Spurlock began looking sicker and sicker.

comments 12 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2009

ADA Says Sugar Consumption Levels Can Be Linked to Race, Family Income and Education

A study of the sugar consumption habits of 30,000 Americans by the American Dietetic Association concludes that race/ethnicity, family income and education levels are important factors in how much sugar a person eats.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 8, 2009

May 2009

Too Much Food Is Responsible for Most of the U.S. Rise in Obesity Since 1970, Says Study

Sometimes complex problems have simple answers. Take the alarming rise in obesity in the United States since 1970. Researchers have speculated in the past that the cause might be a combination of factors, perhaps a lack of exercise working in concert with the spread of cheap high-calorie junk food.

comments 3 comments - Posted May 23, 2009

March 2009

Treatment of Homes for Termites Decades Ago May Cause Diabetes Today

Obesity has long been accepted as a risk factor for diabetes. The results of four recently published studies, however, have revealed that the real risk factor may be the insecticides present in that fat. The initial investigations showed that the expected association between obesity and diabetes/insulin resistance was absent in people who had low levels of organochlorine insecticides in their blood (1, 2). However, the expected association between obesity and diabetes/insulin resistance increased with levels of these insecticides. In the last year, two additional studies have linked these insecticides with diabetes (3, 4).  

comments 10 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2009

September 2008

The Latest ‘Scoop’  on Ice Cream
The Latest ‘Scoop’ on Ice Cream

Originally ice cream consisted of milk, cream, sugar, flavoring and lots of air. But modern brands adhering to this original recipe are few and far between.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 22, 2008

July 2008

Let’s Sit Down and Eat: L.A. City Council Combats Diabetes and Obesity in South Central

The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to ban the opening of new fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles (aka “South Central”) and nearby neighborhoods.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2008

Parents Beware: 89 Percent of Children's Food Products Aren’t Healthy, But 62 Percent Claim They Are

Nine out of ten regular food items aimed specifically at children have a poor nutritional content because of high levels of sugar, fat or sodium, according to a detailed study of 367 products published in the July issue of the UK-based journal, Obesity Reviews.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

May 2008

There's a New Snack in Town
There's a New Snack in Town

The Diabetes Health staff recently sampled a new kind of healthy snack, and we loved them!

comments 1 comment - Posted May 22, 2008

High Beta-Glucan Barley Helps Manage Diabetes and Heart Health
High Beta-Glucan Barley Helps Manage Diabetes and Heart Health

BOZEMAN, Mont. (April 30, 2008) – Governor Brian Schweitzer appeared at Montana State University Tuesday to celebrate Montana’s scientific contribution to the development of barley varieties that serve as a natural way to help manage diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 

comments 3 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

April 2008

Is That Soda Really Sugar-Free? Test It With Tes-Tape Before You Drink

Carol Whitton of Coral Springs, Florida, discovered that her blood sugar often increased sharply after she drank a diet soda while dining in a restaurant. So she started to test her diet drinks for sugar, a practice she learned from watching the “Living With Diabetes” television program.

comments 28 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

Looking to Save on Food Expenses? ADA's Advisory Offers Helpful Tips
Looking to Save on Food Expenses? ADA's Advisory Offers Helpful Tips

As food costs rise and more and more “diabetic” foods appear on grocery shelves, the American Diabetic Association has published 13 commonsense tips on how to eat more cheaply and still manage diabetes.

comments 7 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2008

March 2008

A New Paradigm for Eating Foods With a Low Glycemic Impact

What is the secret of effective weight management? When a person develops type 2 diabetes, this is a critical question. Losing weight is one of the most successful ways of dealing with this disorder. This is the challenge that I faced when I diagnosed as diabetic about 15 years ago. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 6, 2008

Current Highlights in Diabetes Research
Current Highlights in Diabetes Research

Don’t make a run on the tea section of your neighborhood supermarket just yet, but keep this in mind: Scientists at the Neurosciences Institute of the University of Dundee in Scotland say that drinking black tea could help combat diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 6, 2008

December 2007

Not All the Grains of Salt You Take Things With Are the Same
Not All the Grains of Salt You Take Things With Are the Same

Not too long ago most of us figured that salt was the white stuff you poured out of the box that had the cute little girl with the umbrella on it. Occasionally we might have heard somebody mutter something about "sea salt" or "kosher salt," but for most of us it was all the same thing.

comments 5 comments - Posted Dec 24, 2007

Tired of Taking Pills?  New Diabetes Supplements Come in Sugar-Free Drink
Tired of Taking Pills? New Diabetes Supplements Come in Sugar-Free Drink

Diabetes Essentials is a group of four nutritional supplements recently released by Nutrition 21. They include Diachrome Blood Sugar Health capsules; the same product in a drink powder called Nutrition to Go; Multivitamin Nutrition to Go powder; and Heart Health tablets.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2007

Dark Chocolate Makes Your Heart's Blood Flow

It's really true: dark chocolate makes your coronary arteries open up and increases heart blood flow. In a two-week trial, 39 adults ate either 550 milligrams per day of dark chocolate (with a cocoa content of 70 percent or greater), which is full of flavonoids, or the same amount of white chocolate, which has no flavonoids.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 9, 2007

November 2007

Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide
Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide

Over the course of the year, we meticulously update all our charts to bring you the most accurate information about hundreds of products, services, and medications. Now we've gathered every one of those charts, from humble lancets to sophisticated continuous glucose monitors, into one handy place.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 26, 2007

Going SoLo Is a Healthy Way to Snack
Going SoLo Is a Healthy Way to Snack

SoLo Gi® Low Glycemic bars are delicious. We can vouch for that because we've eaten our way through all five flavors. And because they're clinically validated to have a very low glycemic index, they don't raise your blood sugar like other snack bars.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 11, 2007

Natasha's Health Nut Cookies
Natasha's Health Nut Cookies

We recently taste-tested some of these robust little cookies, and my, are they good. Natasha, a long-time Russian baker, makes them with almond meal instead of flour so that people with celiac disease can enjoy them.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 3, 2007

October 2007

Stevia and the Food and Drug Administration: A Tangled Tale

Stevia is a natural sweetener made from the leaves of a South American herb, Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf.

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2007

Raising the Bar: A High-Minded Health Bar With a Low Glycemic Index

Saul Katz is one charismatic health bar maker, a fascinating talker and visionary who makes health bars seem like the most important thing in the world. In 1989, he began his quest to create a "functional food" that would combine science, nature, and great taste in a snack bar.  Not only did he want his bar to promote health, enhance performance, and prevent disease; he also dreamed of air-dropping his bars to disaster victims in need of a good self-contained meal. It's taken over a decade of intense scientific alchemy to achieve, but he's managed to do it all.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 2007

July 2007

An Alternative to Starbucks for People With Diabetes
An Alternative to Starbucks for People With Diabetes

A Frappuccino from Starbucks is delicious, no doubt about it, but it can have close to five hundred calories if you go for all the options, and over sixty hefty grams of carbohydrates. Not a good idea if you have diabetes, but then again, depriving yourself is no fun either. What to do, what to do….

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 25, 2007

June 2007

Cheery Cherry News: Tart Cherries Improve Type 2 Diabetes in Rats
Cheery Cherry News: Tart Cherries Improve Type 2 Diabetes in Rats

In a recent University of Michigan study, rats bred to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and impaired glucose tolerance received a diet that included at least one percent freeze-dried powdered whole tart cherries for a period of ninety days.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 15, 2007

April 2007

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fattest of Them All?
Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fattest of Them All?

We are a nation of fatties, according to the World Health Organization, but we’re not the fattest in the world. That dubious honor goes to seven Pacific Island nations, whose population of the rotund varies from 78 percent in Palau to a staggering 94 percent in the (geographically) tiny island nation of Nauru.  Nearly 31 percent of Nauruians have type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 30, 2007

A Fool For Sugarless Condiments
A Fool For Sugarless Condiments

Caramel Sin, Inc., has concocted a line of condiments called Fools, natural fruit-based spreads and relishes with no added sweeteners of any sort.  They were created by a foodie/filmmaker who’s found fans for his Fools among Hollywood’s finest.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2007

Curiously Scrumptious Cookies for People with Diabetes and Celiac Disease
Curiously Scrumptious Cookies for People with Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Curious Cookie makes some really good cookies. I had intended to eat one while writing this review, but curiously, there were none left. The staff had eaten the entire sample pack.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 23, 2007

Do You Know the Muffin Man?
Do You Know the Muffin Man?

Miracle Muffins have truly created a miracle—they’ve managed to make a muffin mix without any traditional muffin ingredients. Miracle muffins contain no flour, sugar, butter, or oil. Just add water, mix, and bake, and you’ve got a dozen fiber-full muffins in any one of several unusual flavors, including black cherry and cinnamon green tea.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2007

March 2007

Trick the Body into Starving on a Plentiful Diet?
Trick the Body into Starving on a Plentiful Diet?

Researchers from Penn State, published in the February 7, 2007 Cell Metabolism, have discovered that when mice are deprived of only a single amino acid, their metabolisms are fooled into thinking they are starving. In response, they stop synthesizing new fats and they use up all their fat stores, losing 97 percent of their body fat in the process.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 15, 2007

Soulful Advice for African Americans with Diabetes
Soulful Advice for African Americans with Diabetes

New York, NY - According to NY Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report released January 30, 2007, one in eight adults in New York City has diabetes. Among those, African Americans have one of the highest rates at nearly 14.5%. Nationwide 2.6 million African Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes. That’s 10 African Americans for every 6 white Americans with diabetes. Of the 2.8 million African Americans with diabetes, only 1.5 million have been diagnosed. An estimated 730,000 don’t even know they have the disease!

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2007

New Joslin Study Reveals How a Specific Fat Type Can Protect Against Weight Gain and Diabetes

BOSTON - March 1, 2007 - A new study from Joslin Diabetes Center may shed light on why some people can eat excessive amounts of food and not gain weight or develop type 2 diabetes, while others are more likely to develop obesity and this most common form of diabetes on any diet.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 7, 2007

February 2007

Start Spreading the News

On December 5, 2006, the New York City Board of Health officially voted to ban trans fats from New York City food establishments and mobile food unit commissaries.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

New Pastas Low in Glycemic Index
New Pastas Low in Glycemic Index

Dreamfields Healthy Living Pasta has introduced two new pasta products—lasagna and rotini. Both became available last spring in supermarkets nationwide, and they join the existing Dreamfields line that includes spaghetti, elbows, penne rigate, and linguine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Almased Synergy Diet Teaches Body to ‘Think Thin’
Almased Synergy Diet Teaches Body to ‘Think Thin’

The Almased Turbo Diet, according to its manufacturer, is a “stimulant free” diet that teaches the body to “think thin.”

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 2007

October 2006

Food, Glorious Food
Food, Glorious Food

With the month of Halloween upon us, so begins the time of year when tempting food and nutritional delicacies will line the aisles of retail outlets everywhere.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

August 2006

Stevia—a New Player in the Artificial Sweetener Game
Stevia—a New Player in the Artificial Sweetener Game

Stevia is a bush native to South America that has been used for centuries by the natives of Paraguay, where it’s grown primarily as a sweetener and for medicinal uses. The stevia leaf is usually a component of Paraguayan teas, including the widely popular beverage yerba mate.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

July 2006

Soy-Free Protein Supplement Now Available

Living Protein is a non-soy plant-based protein supplement manufactured by Living Fuel, Inc., in Tampa, Fla.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 1, 2006

New Sweetener Contains No Preservatives or Artificial Flavors

Sweet Simplicity is a new sweetener on the market made from erythritol (an all-natural sugar alcohol found in grapes, pears and even some soy products), fructose (found in a variety of fruits and in honey) and natural flavors.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

New Flatbreads Rich in Omega-3 Fats

Tumaro’s announces the availability of its new Soy-Full Heart flatbreads.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Emeril’s Line of Stocks Puts the ‘BAM’ in Your Food Preparations

Television chef and food personality Emeril Lagasse has teamed up with B&G Foods, Inc., to develop three all-natural cooking stocks.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Pre-Cooked Pasta Made With Whole Oats and Wheat
Pre-Cooked Pasta Made With Whole Oats and Wheat

Suté International, Inc., has introduced its new Oat Pasta, a pre-cooked pasta made with whole oats and wheat. When rehydrated in hot water for 10 minutes or in cold water for two hours, it’s a ready-to-eat pasta with a nutty flavor. It contains 2 grams of soluble fiber per serving.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Book Contains All the Nutrient Information You Need

“The Ultimate Calorie, Carb and Fat-Gram Counter: Quick, Easy Meal Planning Using Counts for Your Favorite Foods” (Small Steps Press, 2006) is a new book by Lea Ann Holzmeister, RD, CDE.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

June 2006

Keychain Keeps Carb Information Close at Hand
Keychain Keeps Carb Information Close at Hand

Pump Wear, Inc., of Latham, New York, has introduced the Carb Chain.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

New Food Line Is Sugar Alcohol–Free
New Food Line Is Sugar Alcohol–Free

If you’ve ever tried a sugar-free food product but didn’t care for the sugar alcohols, Eat Well Be Well Foods, Inc., of Hood River, Oregon, has a suggestion for you.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

May 2006

Walden Farms Offers a Variety of Healthy Food Choices
Walden Farms Offers a Variety of Healthy Food Choices

Walden Farms Calorie-Free Salad Dressing is available in 16 varieties.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

Cumberland Re-Launches Sweet’N Low Syrups
Cumberland Re-Launches Sweet’N Low Syrups

Cumberland Packing Corporation, the makers of Sweet’N Low sweetener, have re-launched two Sweet’N Low flavored syrups.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

February 2006

New Flavors for Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Ice Cream
New Flavors for Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Dolce Food Corporation has introduced new flavors for its low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie Dolce Futuro ice cream. Dolce Futuro is now available in:

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

New Bar Is All About ‘Slow Carbs’
New Bar Is All About ‘Slow Carbs’

With the introduction of its new Solo Low GI bars, Solo GI Nutrition of Alberta, Canada, has coined the phrase “Slooow carbs.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

January 2006

Fast-Acting Glucose Gel Now Available
Fast-Acting Glucose Gel Now Available

PBM Products of Gordonsville, Virginia, has launched GlucoBurst, a fast-acting, paraben-free glucose gel sold in single-serving packets.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

Brown Sugar…
Brown Sugar…

McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, the maker of Splenda products, announces their all-new Splenda Brown Sugar Blend—a reduced-calorie brown sugar product that blends brown sugar with Splenda (sucralose).

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 1, 2006

Fruit Spreads Are Low in Calories, Low on the Glycemic Index
Fruit Spreads Are Low in Calories, Low on the Glycemic Index

Fifty 50 Foods is now offering a line of sugar-free and low-calorie fruit spreads that have only five calories per tablespoon.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

Low-Carb Mashed Potatoes Make Their Debut
Low-Carb Mashed Potatoes Make Their Debut

Heritage Family Specialty Foods, Inc., of Grand Prairie, Texas, now offers ImiTaters—an all-natural, low-carbohydrate, low-calorie mashed potato alternative.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

November 2005

Enterex Gets a Facelift
Enterex Gets a Facelift

Enterex Diabetic meal replacement drinks now come in new aluminum containers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

Bitter Melon Tea May Have BG-Lowering Qualities for Diabetics
Bitter Melon Tea May Have BG-Lowering Qualities for Diabetics

Ampalaya (Momordica charantia), also known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, is a medicinal herb that is traditionally used as a home remedy for various illnesses. For diabetics, it has been demonstrated to have blood glucose-lowering qualities, according to studies published in a 1999 issue of the Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

When Life Gives You Lemons…
When Life Gives You Lemons…

True Lemon, a new flavoring powder for drinking water, is made with all-natural ingredients, has no calories or carbohydrates and contains no sweeteners, preservatives or sodium. The manufacturer, Grand Brands, says True Lemon, “It adds only a refreshing lemon taste to water. True Lemon consumers find that they increase their water consumption because True Lemon enlivens plain water’s taste without changing it into another beverage.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

October 2005

Sugar-Free Line Now Richer and Creamier With a Lower Glycemic Index
Sugar-Free Line Now Richer and Creamier With a Lower Glycemic Index

Just in time for tricks and treats, Hershey’s has reformulated its line of sugar-free candies to offer consumers “a richer, creamier taste and texture.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

Glucerna Gets a Makeover and Introduces New Flavors
Glucerna Gets a Makeover and Introduces New Flavors

The makers of Glucerna bars and shakes have introduced enhanced shake flavors and redesigned packaging.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

Glucerna in a Hospital Setting Beneficial to Type 2 Patients

In hospitalized people with type 2 diabetes, Glucerna was found to have a “neutral effect on [blood glucose] control and lipid metabolism . . . compared with a high-carbohydrate and a lower-fat formula.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

ExtendBars Now Available in Two New Flavors
ExtendBars Now Available in Two New Flavors

The makers of ExtendBar announced new products, benefits and flavors at the August 2005 American Association of Diabetes Educators conference in Washington, D.C.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

August 2005

Book Offers Low-Carb Smoothie Options
Book Offers Low-Carb Smoothie Options

Low-carb guru and best-selling cookbook author Dana Carpender’s latest offering is “Low-Carb Smoothies: More Than 50 Fabulous Recipes the Whole Family Will Love.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2005

July 2005

New Pyramid Unveiled
New Pyramid Unveiled

On April 19, 2005, the USDA Food Guide Pyramid was given a facelift for the first time in 13 years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2005

March 2005

Why Every Type 2 Should See ‘Super Size Me’
Why Every Type 2 Should See ‘Super Size Me’

Have you seen the movie “Super Size Me”?

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Cookbook Offers Recipes for All Four Phases of Atkins Approach
Cookbook Offers Recipes for All Four Phases of Atkins Approach

Veronica Atkins, the widow of the late low-carb pioneer Robert Atkins, MD, is coauthor with Stephanie Nathanson of the new “Atkins for Life Low-Carb Cookbook.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Vitasoy USA Introduces Vitasoy Complete
Vitasoy USA Introduces Vitasoy Complete

Vitasoy USA of Ayer, Massachusetts, is offering what it calls “the first fiber-smart, calcium-smart, calorie-smart and carb-smart soymilk.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Government Issues Latest Dietary Guidelines

On January 12, 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) published their new Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

Sugar-Free Products Abound for People With Diabetes

For many years, people with diabetes have had to follow meal plans that limit their consumption of sweet treats, making them feel like outlaws for enjoying a piece of pie or candy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too
Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Containing no refined white sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or trans fats, Sweet Abandon Personal Cakes are sweetened with fructose, which, according to Benchmark Foods, the manufacturer of the cakes, has a slower effect on the rise of blood glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

December 2004

Winter Mornings and Piping-Hot Pancakes—Without the Sugar
Winter Mornings and Piping-Hot Pancakes—Without the Sugar

Maple Grove Farms of Vermont offers a pancake and waffle mix that has only 100 calories, 2 grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrate per serving and no trans fats.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

Sugar and Spice
Sugar and Spice

Caution: Always confer with your healthcare provider before taking supplements. In some cases supplements may interact with other medications or cause low blood glucose (hypoglycemia).

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

Ah-choo!
Ah-choo!

With the cold and flu season upon us, what is a person with diabetes to do when it comes to all those sugar-laden cough syrups? Which over-the-counter (OTC) choice is right for you? Scot-Tussin Sugar-Free medicines are distributed nationwide through many outlets, including the largest wholesale drug companies as well as drug store chains such as CVS.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

First Line of Low-Carb Martini Mixes Now Available
First Line of Low-Carb Martini Mixes Now Available

Baja Bob’s of San Diego, California, has introduced the first line of low-carb martini mixes.

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November 2004

Not All Foods Are Created Equal But Some Can Be Created With
Not All Foods Are Created Equal But Some Can Be Created With

In August 2004, Equal introduced its Sugar Lite From Equal brand.

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ExtendBar’s New High-Protein, High-Fiber, Low-Carb Bar
ExtendBar’s New High-Protein, High-Fiber, Low-Carb Bar

Developed specifically for people with diabetes by endocrinologist Francine Kaufman, ExtendBar now has a new formula, available in Chocolate Delight and Peanut Delight flavors.

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October 2004

Victus Names October National Pre-Diabetes Month

Every November is National Diabetes Month. So wouldn’t it make sense that October be National Pre-Diabetes Month?

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September 2004

Despite Low-Carb Craze, We’re Still Consuming Quantities of Carbs
Despite Low-Carb Craze, We’re Still Consuming Quantities of Carbs

A new report out by the NDP Group—a provider of food consumption patterns at restaurants and at home—found that despite all the attention low-carb eating is getting, actual carb consumption is higher than expected in the United States.

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August 2004

Low Carb Creations also recently introduced its new Ala Carb line of cheesekcakes
Low Carb Creations also recently introduced its new Ala Carb line of cheesekcakes

Ala Carb cheesecakes can be found in the freezer section of major grocers, wholesale club outlets and health and natural food stores. They are available in packages of four individually wrapped 3-ounce cheesecakes for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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!Ay Caramba!
!Ay Caramba!

Low Carb Creations has introduced its line of Carb Olé tortillas. The gordita-style whole-wheat tortillas are the first of several products the company plans to launch under its Carb Olé label over the next several months.

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July 2004

We All Scream for Brochures?

Good Humor-Breyers is offering two free brochures for those of us who love ice cream.

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Trans-Fat Free Fish From Pepperidge Farm

Pepperidge Farm has announced that it has transitioned its entire line of Goldfish crackers to be free of trans fatty acids.

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June 2004

Sugar-Free Kahlua Syrups on the Way

Allied Domecq Spirits and Kahlua recently announced a licensing agreement with Seattle-based Da Vinci Gourmet, the maker of flavored syrups and sauces for specialty coffee and tea drinks and sodas.

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Hey, Kool-Aid!

Containing only 10 calories and 2 grams of sugar per 6.76-ounce serving, Kool-Aid Jammers 10 Tropical Punch is a new option for kids with diabetes.

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Nutrition Coach's Corner

“Are those new wraps at Subway good for me?” “If I make applesauce with Splenda, can I eat all I want?” “How do I count the carbohydrates in low-carb yogurt?” Do questions like these cross your mind every time you dine out, set foot in the supermarket or flip through a recipe book?

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Free Excel-based calorie control program
Free Excel-based calorie control program

My Deluxe Calorie Diary, a free Excel-based spreadsheet program designed by Thomas M. Manger, MD, PhD, allows users to record all their daily meals and snacks and instantly learn their totals for calories, carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

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Lower-Carb Lovin in the Morning
Lower-Carb Lovin in the Morning

Lower-carb lattes?

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April 2004

Women who Eat Lower-Carb Foods Have a Nutrition Bar to Call Their Own

Clif Bar Inc. of Berkeley, California, has introduced a low-carb snack made especially for women.

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Great Danes Nix Trans Fat Sales

Do you want your food purchases to be trans fat free in 2004? If so, you’d better get your passport ready and head to Denmark.

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Drink More Tea, Lose More Body Fat?

It’s a good bet that the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse didn’t have to worry about body-fat composition, considering all the tea drinking they did in “Alice in Wonderland.”

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March 2004

Eat Chips and Lose Weight?

Eating a low-fat diet that includes the controversial fat substitute olestra (Olean) produced improvement in cardiovascular risk factors in a recent study—an effect largely explained by the participants’ weight loss.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules That Eating Is a Major Life Activity

A September 2003 decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Oregon determined that eating is a “major life activity,” for the purpose of establishing a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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March 2003

Java Jive

It's okay to have another cup of coffee. In fact, have the whole pot.

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February 2003

Eating Nuts May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Women

Go ahead—have that peanut butter sandwich. Findings from the Harvard University Nurses' Health Study suggest that women who eat several servings of nuts or peanut butter a week can lower their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by as much as 27 percent. The Nurses' Health Study followed nearly 84,000 female nurses for 16 years beginning in 1980.

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December 2002

Pour It On

With more flavors of calorie-free syrup than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream, Da Vinci Gourmet sugar-free flavored syrups can add flavor to your dishes and drinks in more than 30 ways—from almond to white chocolate and a plethora of flavors from the mundane to the esoteric.

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Frozen Delights

LeCarb frozen desserts, which have 3 grams of sugars per serving—compared to 14 grams in regular ice cream—are now available at Wal-Mart Supercenters across the country and at Brookshire's, Super 1 Foods and Ole Foods stores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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Trans-Fats Exposed!

A food ingredient long regarded as a "silent killer" may be brought to justice next spring.

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November 2002

Gulp! New Sugar-Free Flavor Added to Slurpees!

7-Eleven began test-marketing Crystal Light Raspberry Ice Slurpees at 7-Eleven stores in Detroit, Michigan, and Kansas City, Missouri, in July, with plans to expand to stores across the country that offer at least six Slurpee flavor barrels. 7-Eleven had previously added Crystal Light Lemonade to its array of Slurpee flavors.

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August 2002

Shake It Up Baby

Now you can have your shakes and drink ‘em, too! Carbolite Foods is introducing new high-protein, low-carbohydrate, whey-based shake mixes to give consumers choices in addition to the company's soy-based vanilla- and chocolate-flavored mixes.

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July 2002

Company Launches Line of Meal-Replacement Foods for People With Diabetes

Medifast, Inc., of Owing Mills, Maryland, is launching a new line of meal-replacement products designed for people with diabetes. The Medifast Plus for Diabetics line features soy-based foods and includes products such as shakes, bars, soups, oatmeal, chili and ready-to-drink beverages that are low in sugar, fat, calories and carbohydrates and are also low on the glycemic index, according to a Medifast news release.

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November 2001

A Taste of the Unordinary

I was a 325-pound chef; a cooking machine with rave reviews; a man given to extremes. Then, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Suddenly, I had to change my diet and I was stunned and beside myself with concern. I have always had a lover's quarrel with food, but now I had to search for alternative ingredients that would appease my taste buds while being nutritious and beneficial for a diabetic diet.

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Down, Glycemic Index, Down Boy

If only all those high-carb foods like pasta and pastries weren't so high on the glycemic index, you could eat them more often.

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July 2001

Innovative Education

Kelly Van Horn, RD, CDE, of Sammamish, Washington, received the Creative Nutrition Education Award from the American Dietetic Association for her innovative product that teaches educators and their patients about nutrition.

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Manga La Pasta!

On April 30, The Kamut Association of North America announced that its Kamut Pasta was awarded the Low-Glycemic Seal of Approval by the The Glycemic Research Institute of Washington, D.C.

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June 2001

New Vitamin Fortified Spring Water Now Available

Very Fine Products of Littleton, Massachusetts has announced the arrival of Fruit2OPlus, a new line of flavored spring water enriched with vitamins and herbs.

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March 2001

Say Cheese!

Life Services of Neptune, New Jersey, now manufactures a high-protein/low-carbohydrate macaroni and cheese dinner called KETO Macaroni and Cheese. Each serving contains five grams of carbohydrate.

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Chocolate Bar Offers No-Sugar Option

Guylian USA of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, has introduced the Guylian's No-Sugar-Added chocolate bar, designed specifically for people with diabetes who love chocolate but can do without the bland taste of some sugar-free chocolate delicacies.

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October 2000

We All Scream for Ice Cream (and Other Goodies)

In late July, Sorbee International of Philadelphia introduced a full line of its sugar-free grocery products in hopes of enhancing diabetic consumer's options.

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Splenda-sweetened Fruit Soft Drink Now Available Nationwide

Stewart's Beverages of Denver has introduced a new gourmet soft drink called "S," which is sweetened with a blend of the low-calorie sweeteners ACE K and Splenda. According to Stewart's marketing director, Ellen Gibson, "S" is a safe diet drink for people with diabetes, pregnant women and people on low-sodium diets.

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September 2000

Ice Cream Based on Best-selling Diet Now Available

Sugar Busters Ice Cream, manufactured by Marigold Foods of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been introduced nationally as a new dessert option for people with diabetes.

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August 2000

Sugar-Free Ain’t What It Used to Be:

If you have been disappointed by the taste of sugar-free candies and cookies in past years, try them again. Some newer products taste so good that they are marketed to anyone who is willing to eat a little healthier, as long as this doesn’t mean having to give up foods they enjoy. Many packages don’t even mention diabetes benefits.

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June 2000

Sweet Rewards for People with Diabetes

Health Care Products of Amityville, New York, announced the availability of DiabetiSweet "Measure for Measure," the first-ever bulk sweetener that completely replaces sugar in baking and cooking.

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November 1999

Splenda Spreads its Wings

Artificial sweetener Splenda is gradually making its way to many sugar-free products on the market. Tropicana Twister Light drinks are the latest to sweeten with Splenda.

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Balance Bar Launches Portable, “Outdoor” Meal Bars

Balance Bar Company has added a new line called Balance Outdoor, bars designed to sustain energy during outdoor activities. Balance Outdoor bars follow the 40-30-30 plan: 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. In comparison, most sports energy bars are 75 percent or more carbohydrates and low in fat.

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September 1999

New Nutrition Bar Prevents Lows—Uncooked Cornstarch Keeps BGs Up

Another bedtime nutrition bar for people with diabetes came on the market in June. The Extend Bar is a long-acting carbohydrate snack that lasts for up to nine hours, and helps prevent episodes of hypoglycemia.

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July 1999

Barely Sweetened

A new iced tea with exotic, natural flavors could be just what you're looking for to escape the summer heat. Honest Tea is all natural, brewed in spring water, and has about 5 grams of carbohydrate and 34 calories or less per serving, depending on the flavor.

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June 1999

Sleep Tight, and Don't Let the BGs Bite

The trick to a bedtime snack is to eat just enough to sustain blood sugar while not overeating.

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March 1999

Dueling Studies: For Every Study Saying Aspartame is Harmful, Another Says it is Not

For every study saying aspartame is harmful, another says it is not. Hundreds of studies throughout the world have been performed with aspartame. Here's just a tiny sample of contradictory studies, with a summary of their conclusions.

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September 1998

Sugar’s Sweet Stand-Ins

Just when you thought you had artificial sweeteners all figured out and had settled on a particular brand, the sweetener scene is changing again.

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May 1998

Satiety Index

Each of the following foods is rated by how much additional food people ate after consuming them to satisfy their hunger. Tip: If you want to lose weight, avoid the lower numbers!

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August 1996

What Exactly Will Happen If I Eat This Bran Muffin? The Glycemix Index Can Tell You

A new book which may revolutionize the way people with diabetes analyze food is being published out of Australia and Canada. The book, The G.I. Factor: The Glycaemic Index Solution, is a definitive look at an underutilized tool.

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April 1996

Olestra: The Fake Fat

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Procter & Gamble's "fake fat" product, olestra, as an additive to chips and other snack foods.

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March 1996

Fiber Gets You Going

Fiber-we've heard it's good for us, but what exactly does that mean? What do people with diabetes need to do to make sure they're getting the right type of fiber in the right amounts? Don't worry-help is on the way.

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The Fickle Finger Of Food Facts

Go to any bookstore and look at the diet and cookbook section. You'll find book after book of lowfat diet plans and cookbooks. Go to any market and you'll see shelf after shelf of lowfat products. You'd think the lowfat lifestyle was the only way to go. The Fickle Finger of food facts can't abide by this. It just has to swivel in the opposite direction. And strangely enough, that swivel is starting right here in Diabetesland.

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January 1996

Olestra: Fat Substitute Called Unsafe

There's no such thing as a fat-free lunch. Not yet, anyway.

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Free Food Facts

Q: Where can I get a list of "free" foods that people with diabetes can eat, and what types of snacks are available? It would be nice to be able to eat something and feel confident about what it will do to my BGs.

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September 1991

The Exchange System Doesn't Work!

For the past 10 years, I have been telling people with diabetes to drink fruit juice only if they are having a hypoglycemic reaction. My feelings on this issue have now been backed up in a recent study published in the Diabetes Educator (volume 17, number 4). Marilyn Sullivan, MS, RD, CDE and Robert Scott, MD found that both fruit juice and decaffeinated cola raised patients blood sugar at a similar rate. They concluded by stating: "When it comes time to revise the Diabetic Exchange Lists for Meal Planning, the authors may want to reconsider listing fruit juices as acceptable choices from the fruit list to be used in routine meal planning."

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