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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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